The milk tea craze is continuously growing bigger and bigger. As a foodie, I love trying new places to eat and drink. With so many boba shops around where I'm from and where I currently live, I love trying new places! I've been drinking milk tea since high school and it just stuck with me. After years of trying different varieties of boba shops, I made a list of my favorites in Southern California and San Jose! If you ever are in any of these areas, I recommend you to try these great spots!
After living in Southern California for three years and being from San Jose, I got to try a lot of boba shops. These are the ones that keep me coming back all the time:
- 1. Tea Brick (Rowland Heights & Monterey Park)
Out of every boba shop in Southern California, I come here the most. This is my go-to for fruit teas. I always order The Christine as a slush. It so refreshing and the fruit bits inside are delicious.
- 2. Wushiland (San Gabriel)
This boba shop is from Taiwan, which is where boba milk tea is from. In Asia, boba milk tea is called bubble milk tea. The Jasmine Milk Tea is my favorite because it's not too sweet, which is what I prefer. Sadly, I don't come here often since it's a bit far from where I live.
- 3. Ding Tea (Southern California)
Ding Tea is almost everywhere and I love the Jasmine Milk Tea from there. The Wintermelon Milk Tea is also really good, but it can be too sweet.
- 4. Happy Lemon (Norcal/Socal)
Happy Lemon is also a franchise chain from Asia and they're a bit different but in a good way. My all-time favorite drink is Black Tea with Salted Cheese, sounds weird right? That's what I thought and it turned out to be an amazing combination. I also love the Mango Matcha, which is a delicious matcha smoothie with mango. I first tried it in San Jose and managed to find the first one that opened up in Irvine when I moved to Southern California. I found it through the window of a bakery it shared shops with and more started to open up.
- 5. Soyful (San Jose)
Soyful is amazing when it comes to their Creamy Milk Tea and with Japanese egg pudding, it's even better. Their Rose Milk Tea is really good also.
- 6. TP Tea (Cupertino)
TP Tea stands for Taiwanese Professional Tea and it's from Taiwan. The quality here is similar to Wushiland, it has a very specific Taiwanese quality.
- 7. Pekoe or Tisane (San Jose)
Both these places are ridiculously popular, even people from Southern California know what it is because of Twitter. They're both really similar because the same person created the drinks at both shops. I prefer the fruit teas over the milk tea. It's satisfying!
- 8. Boba Guys (San Francisco/Los Angeles)
I tried Boba Guys in San Francisco a few years ago and every time I visit San Francisco, I get it. It's great quality with a nice and light taste.
This list could go on, but these are my top places to get milk tea. With so many favorite places, I don't try new places as often anymore because I'm too afraid of being let down and stick to what I know my tastebuds will like. Please try these places if you get the chance to!