Montréal's best bubble tea

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard has been written for over 10 years. She specializes in lifestyle, tourism, travel and food, she writes as much for the media as for companies, agencies, freelancers or associations. Always in search of innovative concepts and good addresses, she is also constantly preparing her next trip.

This article was updated on February 28, 2022.

Bubble tea traces its delicious roots back to Taiwan, where it’s known as zenzoo (pearl milk tea) and boba (slang for a boxom lady). It’s made by blending cold or hot tea with flavoured milk and black tapioca “pearls.” An extra-wide straw is used to suck up the sweet, tender pearls. This drink is very popular in Taiwan and has gained a strong following here in Québec, with specialty shops popping up in Chinatown and along Sainte-Catherine Street. Here’s a quick tour of the top 5 places for exotic bubble tea in Montréal.

Chinatown tea time

Step into a whole new world! L2 Desserts Lounge is a youthful, student-style establishment where you can enjoy bubble tea while checking out the jukebox or playing video games, cards or foosball. 

Rainbow bubbles

The LGBTQ+ Village is also home to a terrific bubble tea shop. Nos Thés offers a mouth-watering selection of beverages and exotic teas. Select your favourite milk blend (cow, soy or almond) and pearl type (tapioca or litchi, mango or rainbow jelly). The rainbow references are in good taste! 

Take me to Taiwan

In the heart of the city’s new Chinatown (just steps from Concordia University), you’ll find Chatime, one of Taiwan’s leading bubble tea franchises, which are now found worldwide. A few other branches have also popped up around Montréal. Stop here for authentic, made-to-order bubble tea! 

1811 Sainte-Catherine Street West 
52 De la Gauchetière Street West 
3428 Parc Avenue 

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard has been written for over 10 years. She specializes in lifestyle, tourism, travel and food, she writes as much for the media as for companies, agencies, freelancers or associations. Always in search of innovative concepts and good addresses, she is also constantly preparing her next trip.

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