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14 Standout Spots for Boba in Portland and Beyond

Where to drink bubble tea around Portland, Beaverton, Bridgeport Village, and more

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Boba, often referred to as bubble tea, has become a cafe staple across Portland over the last decade: Once only found in a small collection of isolated shops, the drink can now be found everywhere from specialty cafes to international franchise locations.

A tea-based drink named for its chewy tapioca pearls, boba has Taiwanese roots, but the drink has now grown into a global phenomenon with countless variations. The best way to determine the quality of a boba drink is by the flavor of the tea and the texture of the tapioca pearls: A good milk tea should have bold tea flavor, with pearls that are soft and springy but not mushy. Brewing methods vary from shop to shop but generally involve either an artificial powder, tea concentrate, or flavored syrup. With near infinite combinations, each shop has its distinctive teas and creative additions beyond the traditional tapioca.

While COVID-19 has changed the way boba shops operate their dine-in structure, most places have always been geared for takeout orders. The guide below will help customers grab a fresh boba drink on the go, wherever they are in Portland. Remember: Eater maps are not ranked; they’re organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Tiki Tea

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Alberta’s Tiki Tea appears like a run-of-the-mill minimalist boba cafe, but the commitment to high-end ingredients is immediately noticeable in the taste of the cafe’s drinks. Tiki Tea uses an incredibly concentrated tea, making it a great spot for customers who want a more aggressive tea flavor. There is currently no indoor seating and all drinks are made to-go.

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Ding Tea Williams

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A newer addition to the Boise neighborhood, Ding Tea is known for their cocktail-style drink-making methods. A particular highlight on the menu here is the Hokkaido milk tea, available with a black or oolong base, which gets a touch of caramel-y syrup best tempered by ordering it “less sweet” — that way, the quality of the tea base can shine while also benefitting from the rich, molasses-y sweetness. The cafe space feels really open and boasts a colorful pink and blue mural that’s ideal for a photo op, boba in-hand. Ding Tea on Williams is currently offering takeout only with no seating inside.

Tea Bar NW

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Known for the beautifully minimalist interiors and cute mason jar drinks, Tea Bar’s prolific expansion and chic aesthetic make it a common hangout for Portland boba enthusiasts. Tea Bar’s menu ranges from vegan matcha soft serve to vanilla rose bubble tea, but the latter shines thanks to the quality of the cafes’ grade A tapioca pearls. The texture is always balanced in its chewiness, swirling within sweet-not-syrupy teas. Tea Bar is currently offering some indoor seating and dine-in space.

Swee2o Drinks and Desserts

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Located inside of Union Way, Swee2o’s central location makes it a natural pit stop for anyone hanging out downtown or near Powell’s Books. On the menu customers will find a variety of far-out signature drinks like the breakfast latte, made with avocado and coffee. Less adventurous options include classics like the Thai milk tea and uji matcha milk tea. Swee2o is takeout only, with no seating inside the cafe.

Zero Degrees Lloyd District

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A California franchise and Asian-Hispanic fusion cafe, Zero Degrees is known for its fun takes on classic drinks from both cultures — the chain’s most famous beverage is the mangonada, which is a combination of mango, Tajin, and chamoy. The cafe’s colorful boba gets into inventive territory: Any drink can come with honey or crystal boba, which means drinks like strawberry limeade can get the bubble tea treatment. Purists, however, can still get the traditional milk tea or the fragrant peach blossom green with honey. While the menu has a wide variety of drink options, customers who have room for a snack should try the popcorn chicken. This location of Zero Degrees offers plenty of outdoor seating for on-premise dining.

Boba Milk

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Known for its use of fresh ingredients and handcrafted Vietnamese frozen yogurt, Boba Milk has become a destination for top-tier fruit drinks and froyo. All the tea here is cold-brewed for 24 hours and items are all made without artificial ingredients or powders. Standout items include drinks like the strawberry matcha latte or the ube milk tea. Customers who are hungry can also snag a killer bánh mì here, as well, made by the folks behind Fish Sauce and Short Round. Boba Milk is currently takeout only, with counter service at the door.

Yoonique Tea

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After opening during the height of the pandemic, Yoonique has truly earned its place as a staple in Portland’s bustling boba scene. Yoonique boasts a dynamic menu, coming out with plenty of new drinks like genmaicha milk tea and pandan fresh milk. Customers who seek innovative drink toppings will find multiple types of cheese foams, jellies, and even drinkable mochi. Yoonique is also one of the few places now offering dine-in.

Bubble N Tea

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Although Bubble N Tea has a small drink menu compared to other cafes, the move at this Beaverton cafe is to go for the seasonal specials. Staples like classic black, matcha, and Thai tea anchor the menu, while seasonal drinks like strawberry jasmine and hojicha latte keep things fresh. Customers should be warned that Bubble N Tea only has one size, and comes in an unusually wide bucket-type cup. The space is small and seating is limited, but the yellow bench out front is decently inviting on a nice day.

Mía And More Oregon

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Mia & More brings sugarcane juice and boba to Beaverton, tucked inside of the new House of Ramen. Mia & More is the first fresh-pressed sugarcane cafe in the area, offering both pure sugarcane juice and blended fruit and sugarcane smoothies. Mia & More also offers a good mix of classic boba drinks and Vietnamese desserts. Customers looking for solid desserts might be interested in ordering the ginger tofu pudding or sweet durian Chè. Mia & More is takeout only and offers no seating inside.

Milk + T

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Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, Milk + T stands out with an unlimited self-serve topping bar: While most cafes will charge you around $0.50 per topping, Milk + T allows customers to go topping-wild with no extra charge. Milk + T also strives to be more sustainable, providing glass jars for customers and a 10 percent discount for those who bring them back. Customers can also enjoy multiple hand-painted boba murals along the cafe walls while they wait for their to-go drinks.

Royaltea Portland

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Another newcomer that opened in 2020, this Chinese brand’s first Oregon outpost is located next to the SF Supermarket on SE 82nd. While Royaltea’s menu consists of many classic drinks that can be found elsewhere, items like the roasted oolong milk tea and the red dragon tea set it apart from Portland’s many other boba shops. The best thing at Royaltea, however, is the fresh fruit the staff uses in fruit teas and blended drinks. Royaltea is currently takeout only.

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

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Yi Fang has opened a new location on SE Foster, bringing no-joke fruit tea with it. Fruit tea is often overlooked in the world of boba, mostly because it’s never quite as fresh or visually pleasing as the milk-based drinks. Yi Fang does things differently, leaning heavily on fresh fruit instead of cloying artificial sweeteners. Yi Fang also offers a variety of top-notch blended drinks, including mango or red bean smoothies with sago pearls. Yi Fang has very limited dine-in seating within its tiny space.

Sharetea Clackamas

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A well-known Taiwanese franchise, Sharetea provides consistently top-notch drinks and one of the best classic milk teas in town. Sharetea also allows customers to turn their drinks into a “creama,” which gives the drink a salty whipped cream top. Though Sharetea does provide some seating for small groups, the flow of the cafe is built for customers to take their drinks to-go.

Happy Lemon Bridgeport Village

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One of the larger boba franchises has finally landed in the Portland area, with one location at Bridgeport Village and another near downtown Beaverton. Happy Lemon is most known for its freshly squeezed lemon teas, but also has a variety of classic drinks and uncommon drink toppings. Here customers can add anything from Oreo puff cream to taro balls, adding a little intrigue to the standard milk tea. Happy Lemon is designed for takeout orders, offering very limited indoor seating.

Tiki Tea

Alberta’s Tiki Tea appears like a run-of-the-mill minimalist boba cafe, but the commitment to high-end ingredients is immediately noticeable in the taste of the cafe’s drinks. Tiki Tea uses an incredibly concentrated tea, making it a great spot for customers who want a more aggressive tea flavor. There is currently no indoor seating and all drinks are made to-go.

View this post on Instagram

Brown Sugar Matcha.

A post shared by Michael (@micbanh) on

Ding Tea Williams

A newer addition to the Boise neighborhood, Ding Tea is known for their cocktail-style drink-making methods. A particular highlight on the menu here is the Hokkaido milk tea, available with a black or oolong base, which gets a touch of caramel-y syrup best tempered by ordering it “less sweet” — that way, the quality of the tea base can shine while also benefitting from the rich, molasses-y sweetness. The cafe space feels really open and boasts a colorful pink and blue mural that’s ideal for a photo op, boba in-hand. Ding Tea on Williams is currently offering takeout only with no seating inside.

Tea Bar NW

Known for the beautifully minimalist interiors and cute mason jar drinks, Tea Bar’s prolific expansion and chic aesthetic make it a common hangout for Portland boba enthusiasts. Tea Bar’s menu ranges from vegan matcha soft serve to vanilla rose bubble tea, but the latter shines thanks to the quality of the cafes’ grade A tapioca pearls. The texture is always balanced in its chewiness, swirling within sweet-not-syrupy teas. Tea Bar is currently offering some indoor seating and dine-in space.

Swee2o Drinks and Desserts

Located inside of Union Way, Swee2o’s central location makes it a natural pit stop for anyone hanging out downtown or near Powell’s Books. On the menu customers will find a variety of far-out signature drinks like the breakfast latte, made with avocado and coffee. Less adventurous options include classics like the Thai milk tea and uji matcha milk tea. Swee2o is takeout only, with no seating inside the cafe.

Zero Degrees Lloyd District

A California franchise and Asian-Hispanic fusion cafe, Zero Degrees is known for its fun takes on classic drinks from both cultures — the chain’s most famous beverage is the mangonada, which is a combination of mango, Tajin, and chamoy. The cafe’s colorful boba gets into inventive territory: Any drink can come with honey or crystal boba, which means drinks like strawberry limeade can get the bubble tea treatment. Purists, however, can still get the traditional milk tea or the fragrant peach blossom green with honey. While the menu has a wide variety of drink options, customers who have room for a snack should try the popcorn chicken. This location of Zero Degrees offers plenty of outdoor seating for on-premise dining.

Boba Milk

Known for its use of fresh ingredients and handcrafted Vietnamese frozen yogurt, Boba Milk has become a destination for top-tier fruit drinks and froyo. All the tea here is cold-brewed for 24 hours and items are all made without artificial ingredients or powders. Standout items include drinks like the strawberry matcha latte or the ube milk tea. Customers who are hungry can also snag a killer bánh mì here, as well, made by the folks behind Fish Sauce and Short Round. Boba Milk is currently takeout only, with counter service at the door.

Yoonique Tea

After opening during the height of the pandemic, Yoonique has truly earned its place as a staple in Portland’s bustling boba scene. Yoonique boasts a dynamic menu, coming out with plenty of new drinks like genmaicha milk tea and pandan fresh milk. Customers who seek innovative drink toppings will find multiple types of cheese foams, jellies, and even drinkable mochi. Yoonique is also one of the few places now offering dine-in.

Bubble N Tea

Although Bubble N Tea has a small drink menu compared to other cafes, the move at this Beaverton cafe is to go for the seasonal specials. Staples like classic black, matcha, and Thai tea anchor the menu, while seasonal drinks like strawberry jasmine and hojicha latte keep things fresh. Customers should be warned that Bubble N Tea only has one size, and comes in an unusually wide bucket-type cup. The space is small and seating is limited, but the yellow bench out front is decently inviting on a nice day.

Mía And More Oregon

Mia & More brings sugarcane juice and boba to Beaverton, tucked inside of the new House of Ramen. Mia & More is the first fresh-pressed sugarcane cafe in the area, offering both pure sugarcane juice and blended fruit and sugarcane smoothies. Mia & More also offers a good mix of classic boba drinks and Vietnamese desserts. Customers looking for solid desserts might be interested in ordering the ginger tofu pudding or sweet durian Chè. Mia & More is takeout only and offers no seating inside.

Milk + T

Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, Milk + T stands out with an unlimited self-serve topping bar: While most cafes will charge you around $0.50 per topping, Milk + T allows customers to go topping-wild with no extra charge. Milk + T also strives to be more sustainable, providing glass jars for customers and a 10 percent discount for those who bring them back. Customers can also enjoy multiple hand-painted boba murals along the cafe walls while they wait for their to-go drinks.

Royaltea Portland

Another newcomer that opened in 2020, this Chinese brand’s first Oregon outpost is located next to the SF Supermarket on SE 82nd. While Royaltea’s menu consists of many classic drinks that can be found elsewhere, items like the roasted oolong milk tea and the red dragon tea set it apart from Portland’s many other boba shops. The best thing at Royaltea, however, is the fresh fruit the staff uses in fruit teas and blended drinks. Royaltea is currently takeout only.

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Yi Fang has opened a new location on SE Foster, bringing no-joke fruit tea with it. Fruit tea is often overlooked in the world of boba, mostly because it’s never quite as fresh or visually pleasing as the milk-based drinks. Yi Fang does things differently, leaning heavily on fresh fruit instead of cloying artificial sweeteners. Yi Fang also offers a variety of top-notch blended drinks, including mango or red bean smoothies with sago pearls. Yi Fang has very limited dine-in seating within its tiny space.

Sharetea Clackamas

A well-known Taiwanese franchise, Sharetea provides consistently top-notch drinks and one of the best classic milk teas in town. Sharetea also allows customers to turn their drinks into a “creama,” which gives the drink a salty whipped cream top. Though Sharetea does provide some seating for small groups, the flow of the cafe is built for customers to take their drinks to-go.

Happy Lemon Bridgeport Village

One of the larger boba franchises has finally landed in the Portland area, with one location at Bridgeport Village and another near downtown Beaverton. Happy Lemon is most known for its freshly squeezed lemon teas, but also has a variety of classic drinks and uncommon drink toppings. Here customers can add anything from Oreo puff cream to taro balls, adding a little intrigue to the standard milk tea. Happy Lemon is designed for takeout orders, offering very limited indoor seating.

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