Taken with the trend for tea infused with tiny pearls of tasty tapioca? Sit back and sip as we stake out the best places for bubble tea and a pastry in The D.
Tou & Mai
Sugary treats at Tou & Mai in Midtown Detroit will make your taste buds think you’re in East Asia. Taiwanese-inspired boba tea, made with black or green tea, is bursting with tropical fruit-flavored pearly beads. Among other delicacies, Hello Hello is a Philippines-inspired dessert packed with ingredients, including purple yam, coconut milk and candied coconut.
4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 102
There is something here to satisfy every sweet tooth. Get ready to indulge with crepes, frozen yogurt and bubble tea (aka boba tea). With an endless array of toppings for your frozen yogurt and plenty of tea flavors to choose from, be prepared to binge.
26352 Ford Road
Dearborn Heights, 48127
Thai Fresh Cafe
You’ll find a 24-page menu — the drunken noodles are divine — but save room for a drink and dessert. The cafe’s bubble tea (tapioca optional) comes in coconut, strawberry, blue Hawaii, lychee, almond, green tea, honeydew, mango or peach. A scoop of house-made coconut ice cream cools the palate after a spicy meal.
20460 Haggerty Road,
Kawaii Bubble Tea
Customize your bubble tea with more than 400 flavor combinations. The mother/son co-owners of Kawaii recommend the popular Bangkok Special — a blend of snow bubble, black tea, strawberry and honeydew with traditional tapioca pearls. Pair your drink with colorful French macarons or imported Asian snack foods. Organic, sugar-free and alternative milk options are yours for the asking.
43301 Garfield Road
Clinton Twp., 48038
Bambu Desserts & Drinks
Daily prepared coconut milk and fresh-cut coconut water are the base of Bambu Desserts & Drinks fantastic and traditional house-made Vietnamese drinks. All the options on the menu are customized according to the many unique ingredients on-site. Try the jasmine milk tea with mango boba. Add a macaron or maybe three.
30804 John R Road
Madison Heights, 48071