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The Best Authentic Boba Places Near Me

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 learn how to order boba and the most popular boba flavors.

It’s time to find the best-tasting boba places near you!

What is Boba?

If you’re not at all familiar with boba or bubble tea, the next section might be super helpful. Learn what it is in your search for boba tea near me or bubble tea near me.

Alternatively, you can make bubble tea or milk tea right at home with the information below.

Boba or bubble tea is a tea-based drink that includes 4 different ingredients.

  • Freshly brewed tea
  • Milk or creamer
  • Sweetener or syrup
  • Toppings

You can find many of the products using our bubble tea kit from Amazon that we organized.

Brewed Tea for Bubble Tea or Boba

Many boba shops (like the ones you’ve found searching for milk tea near me) generally will use loose leaf tea. Some examples are Assam black tea, oolong tea, green tea, or jasmine tea.

Some boba flavors call for a darker tea base. This gives boba a deeper taste whereas other boba flavors call for a lighter tea base for a more subtle taste.

Both are as great and serve different flavor profiles.

Dairy or Creamers Used in Bubble Tea or Boba

For milk or creamers, you’ll find a lot of boba shops using sweetened condensed milk. But, the use of other types of milk or dairy is popular too.

Traditional kinds of milk or dairy products in boba include cow’s (dairy) milk, oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, skim milk, and/or coconut milk.

Sweeteners or Syrups in Bubble Tea or Boba 

For bubble tea sweeteners (yummy), many boba shops will use some type of syrup. In fact, if the boba store doesn’t use sweetened condensed milk, then most likely a syrup of some sort is.

If sweetened condensed milk is added, of course, no other added sweetener is required.

Popular types of syrup used for boba or bubble tea includes traditional simple syrup, brown sugar syrup, or honey. You may find boba shops use more unique syrups too (strawberry syrup).

But that depends on what the boba flavor entails.

Most Used Boba or Bubble Tea Toppings 

Now for the best part, the toppings! Boba shops always have an endless amount of toppings to be added to your boba drink.

Bubble tea toppings that most boba shops have are boba pearls (tapioca pearls), jelly, pudding, popping boba, and red bean.

When ordering, 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 are.

What are the Most Popular Boba Flavors?

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 for 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

Maybe you don’t want to take a trip to the boba store.

If you want to try your hands at making boba at home instead of buying boba near you, no problem!

Not only do we (Talk Boba) recommend boba shops near you but we also have homemade boba recipes for you to try too. If you tap any of the 5 boba flavors above you’ll find our full bubble tea recipe guide for them.

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.

Tapioca Pearls


Wu Fu Yuan Tapioca Pearls - 1 Pack

Our Favorite Tea Kettle


Modern Pour-Over Kettle for Tea and Coffee

Our Go-to Tea Infuser


Cute Dinosaur Tea Infuser - Set of 2

If you want to see our full list of boba recipes and choose the flavor you want to try, simply tap here to see all boba recipes.

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