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11 Tip-Top Bubble Tea Shops in Montreal

Where to find boba topped with cheesy foam, streaked with syrupy brown sugar, and filled with chewy tapioca pearls

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Shops dedicated to bubble tea, also known as boba, have popped up all around the city over the past few years. Originating in Taiwan in the early 1980s, this typically tea-based drink filled with little pearls of chewy tapioca has grown exponentially in popularity, with the variety of types also expanding.

Most local bubble tea makers in Montreal offer various drink options, including refreshing, fruity concoctions and creamy milk teas mixed in with delicious toppings. From brown sugar pearls to grass jelly, many spots offer customizable drinks, so the options are virtually endless.

Here are 11 boba shops worth checking out in the city.

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Deux Saisons Thé aux Bulles

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Deux Saisons is worth the visit for the peek inside alone. Entering the entirely black and white space feels like walking into a 2D cartoon or a-ha’s “Take on Me” music video. Create your own drink while ordering on a touchscreen and get a slice of strawberry shortcake, which fits into the  2D black and white theme with a clever frosting design.

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea (multiple locations)

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At Yi Fang’s four locations (three in Montreal and one in Brossard), there’s an extensive menu featuring fruit tea, brown sugar pearls, and latte options, including a soy milk version for vegan and dairy-free drinkers. There’s even a fruit tea mixed with Heineken beer — though it is of the non-alcoholic variety.

One Babo (multiple locations)

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One Babo offers a top-10 list of its most popular flavours with and without tea. That includes the delightfully colourful “cherry blossom sparkling pink lemonade” with aloe and pink honey pearls and the Oreo milk tea with Oreo crunch and brown sugar pearls. Want a boba station for a special event? It does that too.

Shuyi Tealicious

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Shuyi Tealicious has several locations around Montreal and over 7,000 worldwide. Its offering runs from fruit and milk teas to yakult (a Japanese fermented milk beverage) and yogurt drinks. Try the strawberry or mango cheese-topped green tea for a uniquely creamy tang.

Leaves House

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Leaves House is a good option for those on a plant-based or dairy-free diet — or for when you’re with that one friend who never wants bubble tea when you do. They’ve got nine bubble tea options, including matcha latte, café boba latte, and crème brûlée, plus an extensive coffee and tea menu and a selection of baked goods at the counter. 

Boba Boba (multiple locations)

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Boba Boba has two brick-and-mortar locations and a kiosk at the Atwater Market during the summer months. Expect seasonal creations, like the “Guava Matcha” with matcha, guava, and palm sugar boba or the “Sunny Side Up,” which mixes black tea, mango, condensed milk and black sugar boba.

The Alley

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Canadians will likely recognize the Alley’s deer head logo from one of its various stores across the country, which make sugar cane syrup and tapioca in-house. Its deliciously decadent and crunchy tiramisu milk tea merits waiting in line for a try.

Xing Fu Tang

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It is a special treat to see your boba pearls made, cooked, and scooped into the cup right before you. The signature here is a sweet, milky brown sugar drink, which can be torched à la crème brûlée or enjoyed in the form of soft serve ice cream.

Maison O Thé (multiple locations)

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Founded in 2014, this shop is known for its premium-grade milk tea options, though it also features a nice selection of decaf, matcha, fruit, yogurt, and yakult-based drinks.

Thé Bora

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Head to this cute Monkland Village Korean dessert and bubble tea shop for an extensive selection of flavours, including dalgona milk tea (named after a Korean sweet of the same name) and the photogenic lemon butterfly tea. You can also top your drink with crispy, delicious croffles (croissant waffles).

L2 Bubble Tea (multiple locations)

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L2 has stores in Montreal, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Laval, the South Shore, and Quebec City, where boba lovers can choose between preset favourites or dream up their own flavour and topping combinations. Get the standard boba pearl options or, for something different, coconut pulp and sakura pearls.

Deux Saisons Thé aux Bulles

Deux Saisons is worth the visit for the peek inside alone. Entering the entirely black and white space feels like walking into a 2D cartoon or a-ha’s “Take on Me” music video. Create your own drink while ordering on a touchscreen and get a slice of strawberry shortcake, which fits into the  2D black and white theme with a clever frosting design.

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea (multiple locations)

At Yi Fang’s four locations (three in Montreal and one in Brossard), there’s an extensive menu featuring fruit tea, brown sugar pearls, and latte options, including a soy milk version for vegan and dairy-free drinkers. There’s even a fruit tea mixed with Heineken beer — though it is of the non-alcoholic variety.

One Babo (multiple locations)

One Babo offers a top-10 list of its most popular flavours with and without tea. That includes the delightfully colourful “cherry blossom sparkling pink lemonade” with aloe and pink honey pearls and the Oreo milk tea with Oreo crunch and brown sugar pearls. Want a boba station for a special event? It does that too.

Shuyi Tealicious

Shuyi Tealicious has several locations around Montreal and over 7,000 worldwide. Its offering runs from fruit and milk teas to yakult (a Japanese fermented milk beverage) and yogurt drinks. Try the strawberry or mango cheese-topped green tea for a uniquely creamy tang.

Leaves House

Leaves House is a good option for those on a plant-based or dairy-free diet — or for when you’re with that one friend who never wants bubble tea when you do. They’ve got nine bubble tea options, including matcha latte, café boba latte, and crème brûlée, plus an extensive coffee and tea menu and a selection of baked goods at the counter. 

Boba Boba (multiple locations)

Boba Boba has two brick-and-mortar locations and a kiosk at the Atwater Market during the summer months. Expect seasonal creations, like the “Guava Matcha” with matcha, guava, and palm sugar boba or the “Sunny Side Up,” which mixes black tea, mango, condensed milk and black sugar boba.

The Alley

Canadians will likely recognize the Alley’s deer head logo from one of its various stores across the country, which make sugar cane syrup and tapioca in-house. Its deliciously decadent and crunchy tiramisu milk tea merits waiting in line for a try.

Xing Fu Tang

It is a special treat to see your boba pearls made, cooked, and scooped into the cup right before you. The signature here is a sweet, milky brown sugar drink, which can be torched à la crème brûlée or enjoyed in the form of soft serve ice cream.

Maison O Thé (multiple locations)

Founded in 2014, this shop is known for its premium-grade milk tea options, though it also features a nice selection of decaf, matcha, fruit, yogurt, and yakult-based drinks.

Thé Bora

Head to this cute Monkland Village Korean dessert and bubble tea shop for an extensive selection of flavours, including dalgona milk tea (named after a Korean sweet of the same name) and the photogenic lemon butterfly tea. You can also top your drink with crispy, delicious croffles (croissant waffles).

L2 Bubble Tea (multiple locations)

L2 has stores in Montreal, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Laval, the South Shore, and Quebec City, where boba lovers can choose between preset favourites or dream up their own flavour and topping combinations. Get the standard boba pearl options or, for something different, coconut pulp and sakura pearls.

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