Many were left devastated when Gong Cha left the bubble tea scene in Singapore and got taken over by LiHo (they will be coming back into our tiny red dot soon, don’t y’all worry). However, if you still miss Gong Cha as much as the other Singaporean, head down to Taiwan, because of the copious amounts of bubble tea shops that they have you are sure to find one that you will love. Here’s a run down of some of our favorites!
Chun Shui Tang
Chun Shui Tang is the OG of milk tea, and what started the craze.
Must Try: Classic Pearl Milk Tea
Tea Patea is a younger milk tea brand compared to the others. The story is that Tea Patea was founded by a former apprentice of Chun Shui Tang. This brand boasts of much more affordable prices
Must Try: Tieguanyin Tea Latte
85°C Bakery Cafe
85°C Bakery Cafe is often called the ‘Starbucks of Taiwan.’ And while the shop is known for serving coffee (especially their Sea Salt Coffee, which you should also try!), they have a pretty goo menu of milk tea drinks as well.
Must Try: Iced Rose Milk Tea
The name comes from the fact that Presotea uses an expresso-type machine for their drinks. They claim that their method keeps the natural freshness and flavor of the tea leaves.
Must Try: Panda Milk Tea and Royal Earl Grey Milk Tea
As many people claim, this is the KOI of Taiwan. Also just like in Singapore, you can find this bubble tea store just a stone’s throw away from where ever you are!
Must Try: Milk Tea with Pearl (Nothing beats the original here)
Night Market Milk Tea
But nothing really compares to the milk tea from Taiwan’s night markets. The night markets are a cultural experience all on their own, making their food and drink unique. Bonus points: the milk tea here is really cheap!
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