Fruity, fizzy, milky, with coffee or tea. There’s a bubble tea for everyone in Detroit. Bubble tea originated in Taiwan and has happily found a home in the Motor City.
If you don’t know what Bubble Tea is, this article will explain the ins and outs of it. For those who already know what it is, you’ve already fallen in love with the delightful drink. Keep reading to find the best Bubble Tea spots in Detroit.
So what is Bubble Tea? It's a drink with delightful "pearls" bobbing around the bottom. It can be hot, cold, or blended. In some places, you can even get pearls in your cocktail.
There are two types of pearls that can be added to your drink.
There's the version usually referred to as bubble in which those bobbing pearls are tapioca.
Then there's bursting boba. The bursting boba is juice-filled spheres that pop when you bite down (think bath beads that you can eat).
How Do I Order Bubble Tea?
There are lots of ways to put together a great Bubble Tea. That also means there's something for everyone.
First, choose what kind of spheres you want - tapioca or boba. If you're going to try the juicy boba, you'll also need to decide on the flavor of boba. Typical flavors include strawberry, blueberry, peach, and mango.
Next, you'll decide what kind of liquid you want to go with your bubbles. Traditionally, this would have been a type of tea (hence the name Bubble Tea).
Bubble Tea appeals to many because it doesn't have to be tea. Some places use coffee or seltzer water with flavor syrups. You might even have fresh fruit or herbs added to it. It all depends on your preferences and the style of the shop.
The last thing you must decide is hot, iced, or blended. This makes Bubble Tea perfect for any weather.
There are a lot of choices to make, and it's fun to experiment. Try these fantastic Detroit Bubble Tea shops and get creative with your order.
This Asian market and Boba Tea shop has loads of incredible drinks. It's a great place to get creative with your drink options. Choose from fruit drinks, lattes, milk drinks, and dessert treats.
The Detroit Bubble Tea Company
22821 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
The Detroit Bubble Tea Company is a fun, bright place that makes you happy as you walk in the door. Their straightforward menu makes it easy to order bubble tea for newbies, and the baked goods are a delight.
108 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
A fun, eclectic chic tea bar started in Detroit and expanded to Chicago. Go here for bubble tea, organic loose-leaf tea, and kombucha.
Eli Tea Bar, @goodeatswithjaspreet
Z's Bubble Tea
22000 Ford Rd Ste A, Dearborn, MI 48127
575 Forest Ave Ste A, Plymouth, MI 48170
23255 Eureka Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
Z's Bubble Tea is the perfect tea shop for people who don't actually like tea (and also those who do). Go here for a delightful treat of many kinds, from fruity drinks to ice cream - there's something for everyone.
3594 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Kuma Boba focuses on using fresh, local ingredients and loose-leaf teas. It makes for a premium bubble tea that true tea fanatics love.
Goldfish Tea Cafe
117 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
At Goldfish Tea Cafe, they have all the drinks covered. Bubble teas, smoothies, matcha lattes, loose-leaf teas, cappuccinos, and more. The extensive menu and ample seating make it a great place to meet friends.
22259 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124
17420 Hall Rd Partridge Creek Mall Space 141, 17420 Hall Rd Suite 141, Clinton Twp, MI 48038
Bubble Tea is their specialty; you'll find bubbles in all their drinks. Try a milk drink, fruit drink, or even a cocktail with bursting boba.
Bambu Desserts and Drinks Dearborn Heights
24676 Ford Rd Suite B, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Bambu Desserts and Drinks is the place to go for a colorful treat. Choose from a variety of bubble teas and Vietnamese drinks. Maybe even drink out of fresh coconut. Add french macarons, mochi, or pandan waffles.
Kung Fu Tea
Sterling Heights Bingham Farms Novi Livonia (coming soon)
Kung Fu Tea is a national chain with two local spots and will soon open a third in Livonia. It's an easy spot to get started with bubble tea because of the straightforward menu and simple choices.