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14 Top Bubble Tea Shops in Portland

Where to drink boba around Portland

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Bubble tea, often referred to as boba, has become a cafe staple across Portland over the last decade: Once only found in a small collection of oddball bubble tea 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 bubble tea 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 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. Below, find an assortment of cafes shaking and stirring bubble tea, from Beaverton to Sunnyside.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sharetea Beaverton

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2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd #110
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 626-2226
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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.

2. Bubble N Tea

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3496 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 747-7526
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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 such as 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 very cozy, but the yellow bench out front is decently inviting on a nice day.

3. MILK+T

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4545 SW Angel Ave #160
Beaverton, OR 97005
(971) 270-6110
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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. Though seating is limited here, customers can enjoy a lot of hand-painted bubble tea murals along the cafe walls.

4. Nobibi

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3905 SW 117th Ave Suite G
Beaverton, OR 97005
(971) 335-7330
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The newest addition to Portland’s now bustling boba scene, Nobibi kept its new cafe simple with lots of pink and brass accents. The menu, however, is anything but, stocked with beautiful and photogenic drinks and ice cream options. Visual stars of this menu include cherry blossom lychee drinks and cotton candy shrouded ice creams.

5. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

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9585 SW Washington Square Rd
Tigard, OR 97223

Yifang has opened a new location inside of Washington Square Mall, bringing no-joke fruit tea with it. Fruit tea is often overlooked in the world of bubble tea, mostly because it’s never quite as fresh or visually pleasing as the milk-based drinks. Yifang does things differently, leaning heavily on fresh fruit instead of cloying artificial sweeteners. Yifang is a kiosk at the mall, so visitors shouldn’t plan to sit and stay.

6. Tea Bar NW

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1055 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-0464
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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 spot for 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. With some luck, customers might even be able to add it to their coffee at Deadstock.

7. Little Bear Coffee & Milk Tea

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1927 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 515-7215

Little Bear isn’t the first bubble tea food cart, but the flavor options place it up there with permanent cafes. Lots of rotating specials make it a fun place for new customers, while the original and roasted rice milk teas help sustain the cart’s loyal following. Little Bear also has flavored crystal boba, giving customers an option to add cacao or matcha flavored toppings to any of their drinks.

8. Kung Fu Tea

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700 SW 5th Ave Suite #1175
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222-6988
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Kung Fu has finally opened a cafe in Portland proper, right inside of Pioneer Place Mall. Although Kung Fu is a large national chain with locations worldwide, it remains absurdly consistent. The menu here is comprehensive, but the Kung Fu milk tea reigns champion. The combination of freshly brewed tea and milk powder makes it a very difficult milk tea to top. This location does not have any seating, but the Hillsboro location has plenty of indoor seating for customers.

9. Tiki Tea

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4936 NE 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

Alberta’s Tiki Tea appears like a run-of-the-mill minimalist bubble tea 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.

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10. The Red Gate

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7434 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 254-8896
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A little gem hidden on Fremont, this super cozy cafe with serious mom-and-pop vibes serves high-quality hot tea and bubble tea alongside its standard coffee bar fare. Customers on the go can order their bubble tea to-go in a cute resealable bag, while the hungrier visitors with time can order a complementary bubble waffle or savory bing.

11. Zero Degrees

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8220 SE Harrison St #3
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 772-1500
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A California franchise and Asian-Hispanic fusion cafe, Zero Degrees is known for their 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, easily enjoyed in the cafe’s ample seating.

12. Ocha Tea Corner

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8733 SE Division St suite 110
Portland, OR 97266

After replacing the former Sozo’s bubble tea, Ocha has turned the space into a bright and more modern cafe with big tables for group seating. Flaunting a lustrous menu of specialty drinks and flavors, Ocha is known for its hard to find milk tea flavors such as durian, pandan, and pu-erh. While customers may get starry-eyed over all the eclectic options, the brown sugar boba milk here takes the prize, especially when topped with cream puff or toast foam.

8962 SE Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR 97015
(971) 335-3931

A relatively new bubble tea franchise in Portland, T4 opened two different locations this summer in Clackamas and Beaverton. Both locations carry the same menu and offer a wide array of tea drinks in a teal-accented chic space. Unlike most other bubble tea cafes, T4 has quite a large Taiwanese food menu for customers to snack on with their beverages.

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14. Ding Tea

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9244 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 841-6827

A newer addition to the Lents neighborhood, Ding Tea is known for their cocktail-style drink-making methods. Unlike most other bubble tea cafes, Ding Tea only offers golden boba — basically traditional boba only with a golden hue. The cafe space seems almost designed for Instagram photos, from its flamingo mural to its neon sign reading, “yes but no but yes.”

1. Sharetea Beaverton

2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd #110, Beaverton, OR 97005

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.

2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd #110
Beaverton, OR 97005

2. Bubble N Tea

3496 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005

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 such as 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 very cozy, but the yellow bench out front is decently inviting on a nice day.

3496 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

3. MILK+T

4545 SW Angel Ave #160, Beaverton, OR 97005

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. Though seating is limited here, customers can enjoy a lot of hand-painted bubble tea murals along the cafe walls.

4545 SW Angel Ave #160
Beaverton, OR 97005

4. Nobibi

3905 SW 117th Ave Suite G, Beaverton, OR 97005

The newest addition to Portland’s now bustling boba scene, Nobibi kept its new cafe simple with lots of pink and brass accents. The menu, however, is anything but, stocked with beautiful and photogenic drinks and ice cream options. Visual stars of this menu include cherry blossom lychee drinks and cotton candy shrouded ice creams.

3905 SW 117th Ave Suite G
Beaverton, OR 97005

5. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

9585 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223

Yifang has opened a new location inside of Washington Square Mall, bringing no-joke fruit tea with it. Fruit tea is often overlooked in the world of bubble tea, mostly because it’s never quite as fresh or visually pleasing as the milk-based drinks. Yifang does things differently, leaning heavily on fresh fruit instead of cloying artificial sweeteners. Yifang is a kiosk at the mall, so visitors shouldn’t plan to sit and stay.

9585 SW Washington Square Rd
Tigard, OR 97223

6. Tea Bar NW

1055 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209

Known for the beautifully minimalist interiors and cute mason jar drinks, Tea Bar’s prolific expansion and chic aesthetic make it a common spot for 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. With some luck, customers might even be able to add it to their coffee at Deadstock.

1055 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209

7. Little Bear Coffee & Milk Tea

1927 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Little Bear isn’t the first bubble tea food cart, but the flavor options place it up there with permanent cafes. Lots of rotating specials make it a fun place for new customers, while the original and roasted rice milk teas help sustain the cart’s loyal following. Little Bear also has flavored crystal boba, giving customers an option to add cacao or matcha flavored toppings to any of their drinks.

1927 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

8. Kung Fu Tea

700 SW 5th Ave Suite #1175, Portland, OR 97204

Kung Fu has finally opened a cafe in Portland proper, right inside of Pioneer Place Mall. Although Kung Fu is a large national chain with locations worldwide, it remains absurdly consistent. The menu here is comprehensive, but the Kung Fu milk tea reigns champion. The combination of freshly brewed tea and milk powder makes it a very difficult milk tea to top. This location does not have any seating, but the Hillsboro location has plenty of indoor seating for customers.

700 SW 5th Ave Suite #1175
Portland, OR 97204

9. Tiki Tea

4936 NE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Alberta’s Tiki Tea appears like a run-of-the-mill minimalist bubble tea 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.

4936 NE 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

10. The Red Gate

7434 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

A little gem hidden on Fremont, this super cozy cafe with serious mom-and-pop vibes serves high-quality hot tea and bubble tea alongside its standard coffee bar fare. Customers on the go can order their bubble tea to-go in a cute resealable bag, while the hungrier visitors with time can order a complementary bubble waffle or savory bing.

7434 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

11. Zero Degrees

8220 SE Harrison St #3, Portland, OR 97216

A California franchise and Asian-Hispanic fusion cafe, Zero Degrees is known for their 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, easily enjoyed in the cafe’s ample seating.

8220 SE Harrison St #3
Portland, OR 97216

12. Ocha Tea Corner

8733 SE Division St suite 110, Portland, OR 97266

After replacing the former Sozo’s bubble tea, Ocha has turned the space into a bright and more modern cafe with big tables for group seating. Flaunting a lustrous menu of specialty drinks and flavors, Ocha is known for its hard to find milk tea flavors such as durian, pandan, and pu-erh. While customers may get starry-eyed over all the eclectic options, the brown sugar boba milk here takes the prize, especially when topped with cream puff or toast foam.

8733 SE Division St suite 110
Portland, OR 97266

13. T4

8962 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015

A relatively new bubble tea franchise in Portland, T4 opened two different locations this summer in Clackamas and Beaverton. Both locations carry the same menu and offer a wide array of tea drinks in a teal-accented chic space. Unlike most other bubble tea cafes, T4 has quite a large Taiwanese food menu for customers to snack on with their beverages.

8962 SE Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR 97015

14. Ding Tea

9244 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97266

A newer addition to the Lents neighborhood, Ding Tea is known for their cocktail-style drink-making methods. Unlike most other bubble tea cafes, Ding Tea only offers golden boba — basically traditional boba only with a golden hue. The cafe space seems almost designed for Instagram photos, from its flamingo mural to its neon sign reading, “yes but no but yes.”

9244 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97266

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