You’ve searched on Google “best boba places near me” right? Or maybe it was boba tea near me, or bubble tea near me, or boba near me, or boba closest to me, or bubble tea closest to me; whatever it was we’ve got you covered here! Take a look below at the map and you’ll find exactly the best boba places near you. We’ve narrowed it down to a few (or many) to help you find the best boba closest to you. After you take a bit of time to find a boba place near you, continue reading more to look out for how to order boba and the most popular boba flavors. It’s time to find the best boba right for you!
What is Boba?
If you’re not at all familiar with boba or bubble tea, the next section might be super helpful in your search for boba tea near me or bubble tea near me. In fact, you might be able to make bubble tea or milk tea right at home with the information below.
Boba or bubble tea is essentially a tea-based drink that includes 4 different ingredients.
- Freshly brewed tea
- Milk or creamer
- Sweetener or syrup
You can find many of the products using our bubble tea kit from Amazon that we organized.
Many boba shops (like the ones you’ve found searching for milk tea near me) generally will use loose leaf Assam black tea, oolong tea, green tea or jasmine tea for tea bases. Some boba flavors call for a darker tea base for a deeper taste whereas other boba flavors call for a lighter tea base for a subtle taste. Both are just as great and serve different flavor profiles.
For milk or creamers, you’ll find a lot of boba shops will use sweetened condensed milk, however, the use of other types of milk or dairy are popular too. Some popular milk or dairy products in boba drinks are traditional cow’s milk, oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, skim milk and/or coconut milk.
For sweeteners (yummy), many boba shops will use some type of syrup. If the boba store doesn’t use sweetened condensed milk, then most likely a syrup of some sort is used. If sweetened condensed milk is used then, of course, no added sweetener is needed. Popular syrup for boba flavors includes traditional syrup, brown sugar syrup or honey. You may find boba shops use more unique syrups too, but that depends on what the boba flavor entails.
Now for the best part, the toppings! Boba shops always have an endless amount of toppings to be added to your boba drink. Great toppings that most boba shops have are boba pearls (tapioca pearls), jelly, pudding, popping boba and red bean. Be sure to add a topping to your boba to get the full experience of drinking boba! You can read more about boba or bubble tea toppings here, you won’t believe how much boba toppings there really are.
What are the Most Popular Boba Flavors?
The majority of the time whether you’re searching for boba tea near me, bubble tea near me or milk tea near me— the boba shops that appear will have these 5 flavors almost 100% of the time. Unless they run out of course…
There are 5 boba flavors that come to mind immediately in terms of the most popular boba flavors. More than likely, every boba shop you find on that map above will have these 5 traditional or classic flavors. You can’t be a boba shop without these flavors!
How to Make Boba at Home
If you want to try your hands at making boba at home instead of buying boba near you, no problem! Here at Talk Boba not only do we recommend boba shops around you but we also have homemade boba recipes for you to try too. If you tap any of the flavors above you’ll find our full recipe guide for them and more.
Don’t forget to get these key ingredients and kitchen tools to make your life easier before you start making some boba at home. Here’s a boba starter kit to get you started.