A tea-riffic day full of bubbles: Discover best bubble milk tea shops in Taipei!

左至右分別為有記名茶、一茗糖、春水堂、老派金魚、魚池貳壹。 The collage shows the tea from five shops including Wang Tea, Sugar M, Chun Shui Tang, GoldFish, TEA TWENTY ONE. (from left to right)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Many people come to Taipei to experience the culture, others come to enjoy the food that people rave about on social media, but there is one thing everyone consistently seeks out — bubble tea.

The popular drink has taken the world by storm, and Taiwan has the best to offer. Chain stores such as Coco, 50 Lan or Ten Ren Tea, are all some of Taiwan’s more well-known brands, but this guide will not only bring some other chains, it will also introduce some of the local stores that deserve more attention for their delicious drinks.

Chun Shui Tang (春水堂)

When thinking of bubble tea, there is always one problem, who was the first to create this delicious drink. One store comes up quite often in this debate, Chun Shui Tang.

Often referenced as the inventor of this drink, Chun Shui Tang reportedly created a mixture of milk and tea, combined with delicious tapioca, to begin their famed drinks. This store is a must-visit for all you milk tea lovers.

Not only do they have delicious drinks, but Chun Shui Tang also allows you to customize your order, for example, you don’t want the drink to be super cold, they allow you to modify the amount of ice, more or less than the usual amount.

Of course, they also allow you to change the amount of sugar as well.

The collage shows Chun Shui Tang’s bubble milk tea (right) and the storefront of Chun Shui Tang (left). (Courtesy of Daolong Yang and Chun Shui Tang / Facebook)

How to get there? | No. 9, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110|Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Near (MRT): Taipei City Hall Station (Blue), Xiangshan Station (Red), Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station (Red)
Near (Bus): Taipei City Hall (Songzhi), Xingya Junior High School Station, Taipei 101 Station, Xinyi Dist. Admin. Center (Songren), Songlian Rd. Station
Nearby Attractions: Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store, Taipei 101

Wang Tea (有記名茶)

Formerly known as a store known to manufacture and wholesaler for tea, it has since been changed to a production store.

Though their drinks may be slightly out of the norm, this store is definitely one to try out while in Taiwan. The key feature of their drink is when you receive your drink, a tea egg will also be provided.

While it may seem strange to have tea eggs, a traditional Chinese snack, the sweet and savory combination is certainly something to test. Unfortunately, due to location restrictions, this store is the closest and most convenient but does not provide the milk tea.

It, however, sells lots of different styles of tea, and if you really wish, it is certainly possible to make your own milk tea using their tea flavors.

The collage shows Wang Tea’s signature tea (left) and store front on WangTea (Courtesy of (Courtesy of Daolong Yang and Wang Tea / Facebook)

How to get there? | B2, No. 12, Songgao Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110|Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:30 (on Friday and Saturday closes at 22:00
Near (MRT): Taipei City Hall Station (Blue), Xiangshan Station (Red), Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station (Red)
Near(Bus): Taipei City Hall (Songzhi), Xingya Junior High School Station, Taipei 101 Station, Xinyi Dist. Admin. Center(Songren), Songlian Rd. Station
Nearby Attractions: Taiwan Design Museum, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

Sugar M (一茗糖)

One thing these last couple of stores have in common is their twist of the bubble tea.

Several different tapioca flavors, or perhaps Thai inspired drinks, what this store does is completely unexpected.

While they make their famous brown sugar milk tea, in the end, instead of simply capping the top, they will instead torch the top of the drink, giving the brown sugar a caramelized feeling.

This not only gives it a beautiful looking picture but a delicious drink as well. Not only are they known for theirJinxuan green tea, with green matcha cream poured over.

When drinking, the matcha cream will mix with the green tea, giving it a sweet yet earthy taste. This store simply makes beautiful looking drinks, a must-try for the true milk tea enthusiasts.

The collage shows Sugar M’s bubble milk tea (left) and Sugar M storefront. (Courtesy of Daolong Yang and Sugar M / Facebook)

How to get there? | No. 2, Alley 8, Lane 133, Section 4, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, 10581|Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
Near (MRT): Taipei Arena Station
Near(Bus): Nanjing & Ningan Intersection Station, Nanjing New Village Station,
Nearby Attractions: Taipei Stadium, Taipei Public Library

老派金魚 GoldFish 真實茶飲

Though this store is easy to miss, their drink will be anything but. Their store may be hidden in the corners of the streets, but their signature Goldfish orientated design will be easy to recognize.

They offer a plethora of options, and a few signature drinks to those who are unsure of what to get. Their signature drinks are marked on their menu with a cute miniature cup sign, they include Taro Milk Tea, Thai Milk Tea, Mango Based Smoothie with Milk, Plums Green Tea, and more.

Not only are their drinks cheap as well, but their customer service is also in need of applause as well. This store is truly a place to visit.

The collage shows GoldFish’s bubble milk tea (left) and GoldFish’s storefront. (Courtesy of Daolong Yang and GoldFish / Facebook)

How to get there? | 1F, No.88, Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108 (this store is farther away from the rest) | Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Near (MRT): Ximen Station, Beimen Station
Near (Bus): Hankou St., Fuxing Park Station,
Nearby Attractions: Taipei Cinema Park, Vie Shows Cinema

TEA TWENTY ONE (魚池貳壹)

This store is evidently a successful local store, as they have two different stores in Taipei. They are guaranteed to bring the quality and quantity to your drink.

This particular store specializes in taro balls, similar to a small number of stores, they hand-make their own in the shop. But there is one key difference, they make a total of eight different flavors of taro balls. This allows you to have some more fun when deciding which taro ball to put with which drink has the best pairing. Though you may be tempted to just go

for the normal flavors, trying out different flavors is what makes this store unique and worth the visit. Even if you decide not to tr/y their drink, the drinks itself are simply delicious, combined with the store letting you adjust the sweetness and ice content of the drink, their customer service is just as on point as their drinks.

The collage shows TEA TWENTY ONE’s bubble milk tea (left) and TEA TWENTY ONE storefront (Courtesy of Daolong Yang and TEA TWENTY ONE / Facebook)

How to get there?|108, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Section 2, Hankou St, No.18|Opening hours 10:00 – 23:30
Near (MRT): Ximen Station, Beimen Station
Near (Bus): Hankou Zhonghua Rd. Intersection Station, Zhonghua Rd N. Stop Station, Fuxing Park Station.
Nearby Attractions: Taipei Cinema Park, Vie Shows Cinema