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Best Bubble and Fruit Teas

Think the bubble tea craze is over? Think again. While you have moved on to your next short-lived food trend, Tokyoites are still indulging in some of the world’s best tapioca and fruit teas that you have never known - all fresh from our friendly neighbor Taiwan.

Note: because of the increased hype of bubble tea in Tokyo and the unpreceeded amounts of incorrectly disposed plastic waste that comes with it, we ask that you make sure to throw away your plastic cups in the correct bin after using.


Chun Shui Tang  | Shibuya, Ginza, Shinjuku, Omotesando, Daikanyama, Roppongi

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Our favorite tapioca tea place on this list, Chun Shui Tang serves not just your classic fresh tea and milk tea versions, but also a delicious soy milk alternative and special seasonal creations such as mango or peach milk tea with pearls. Other than bubble tea, Chun Shui Tang also boasts some pretty delicious Taiwanese food in a contemporary setting, making it a perfect modern tea house experience.

Tapioca Soy Milk Jasmine Tea with less sugar ¥594

︎Locations in Shibuya, Ginza, Shinjuku, Omotesando,
Daikanyama, Roppongi

︎Website (Chun Shui Tang)

Cha Bar by Pearl Lady | Ikebukuro, Shinjuku

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Not to be mistaken for its cheaper and less exciting sibling ‘Pearl Lady,’ ‘Cha Bar by Pearl Lady’ is a star in the world of bubble tea, offering an über-delicious fresh fruit foam tea with seasonal fruits such as strawberry, mango, kiwi, orange and pineapple on offer. If you want to put a spin on the classic, try the elegant rock salt cream tea with pearl for a subtle but surprisingly delicious salty foam or a fresh fruit frappé with pearls.

Rock Salt Cream Tea with Pearl¥390
Fresh Fruit Foam Tea with Pearl¥390

︎ Ikebukuro, Shinjuku

comma tea | Ikebukuro, Yokohama

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Despite being a relatively new player on Tokyo’s rapidly growing bubble tea market, comma tea impresses with its beautiful little stores and sleek product design. From tasty classics such as tapioca milk teas to milk foam teas (aka cheese teas) and even herb sodas, comma tea clearly deserves its spot on our best bubble tea list.

Pearl Milk Tea ¥594~
Milk Foam Tea ¥648~

︎Locations in Ikebukuro, Yokohama
︎ Website

Yifang Taiwanese Fruit Tea | Shin-Okubo, Asakusa

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A relative newcomer on Tokyo’s tea market, Yifang specialises in fruit teas - fresh ice teas with exotic, seasonal fruit mixed in. You should not be surprised to see queues eagerly waiting to get their hands on one of this tea shop’s creations: Yifang is already a hotspot for fruit tea around the world.

Insider Tip: If you don’t like it on the sweet side we recommend ordering the tea without extra sugar as Yifang’s standard sweetness-level is already super sugary.

Milk Tea with Pearl¥550~
Fresh Fruit Tea¥480~

︎Shin-Okubo, Asakusa
︎ Website

Toki Seven Tea / The Kome | Otsuka

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With a reasonably priced and solid menu of milk teas such as Jasmine, Early Grey, Hojicha and fruit teas such as Kumquat Lemon, Mango Oolong, Coconut Grean Tea and more, Toki Seven Tea easily deserves a spot on our best bubble tea list. As with other places you can choose your sweetness level, how much ice you would like and between toppings such as tapioca (of course), pudding, oreos and others.

Toki’s new sister brand “The Kome”, serves up quite a different kind of “bubble tea” — a yoghurt drink with black rice which originally stems from Vietnam, but works just as well in rice-loving Japan. 

Happy bubble tea-ing! 

M-Size Milk Tea with Pearl¥450~
M-Size Black Rice Yoghurt Drink ¥470~ (at Otsuka location only)

︎ Website

The Alley Lujiaoxiang | Shinjuku, Yurakucho, Yokohama

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A favorite among Tokyoites, The Alley shines with a selection of freshly brewed teas such as Assam, Jasmine, Bonsai Garden, Tieguanyin or Trio Milk Tea which will make every bubble tea lover’s heart beat faster.

M-Size Pearl Milk Tea ¥500~

︎Locations in Shinjuku, Yurakucho, Yokohama
︎ Website

Chatime | Ikebukuro

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As one of the world’s largest bubble tea chains, Chatime and its a selection of classic milk teas and perfectly textured tapioca have certainly helped spread the bubble tea craze around the world. Due to its popularity, Chatime often draws crowds of tapioca-hungry women, especially during summertime, nevertheless, Chatime is and remains a bubble tea classic and thus deserves a spot on our list.

Jasmine Milk Tea with Tapioca¥490~

︎Locations in Ikebukuro
︎ Website

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