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A rainbow of boba teas at Fat Straws
Kathy Tran

Where to Sip Chewy, Fruity, Colorful Bubble Tea in Dallas

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A rainbow of boba teas at Fat Straws
| Kathy Tran

For the uninitiated, boba tea (or bubble tea, as it is commonly known) may seem a little strange. But those who do understand the wonder of sweet, chewy tapioca pearls crowded into the bottom of a creamy fruit smoothie or refreshing green tea frequently find themselves with a craving that can't be satisfied by anything else.

At most shops, similar options — tea, juice, or a smoothie with plenty of boba or jellies to slurp through that bigger-than-usual straw — are on offer. Whether in search of a simple green tea or fancy latte with boba in the bottom, it's easy to find a wide variety of excellent drinks across Dallas.

But where does one find the best bubble tea in Dallas? In many cases, you'll have to drive outside of the city limits to find perfectly-chewy boba and freshly-brewed teas, but each one of these eleven spots are worth a trip.

Is your favorite boba tea spot missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Zero Degrees

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This wacky eatery is known for over-the-top offerings like bright purple ube milkshakes and cheese fries doused in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but the boba tea is legit. Try the “Splitcup,” which allows boba junkies to try two teas (maybe lychee-strawberry green tea and cucumber limeade?) in a cup with separate compartments.

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This Carrollton outpost of Taiwan's favorite bubble tea chain brews its own teas, like green tea with grapefruit, every single day. Add jellies, boba, or aloe vera to the bottom for a refreshing drink and snack in one.

mango tea with boba Sharetea/Facebook

85C Bakery Cafe - Carrollton

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After browsing the selection of pastries, cakes, breads, and more, enjoy a selection of drinks like the chain's signature sea salt coffee and black tea, all given a boost with boba.

85C Bakery Cafe

Kung Fu Tea Richardson

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With locations in Richardson and Carrollton, there's usually a Kung Fu Tea nearby to satisfy an urgent boba craving. Order up milk tea, coffee, or fruity smoothie, then add perfectly chewy boba or jellies for the perfect drinkable snack.

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Fruitealicious

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Here, you’ll find an impressive selection of varieties of boba to add to your tea. Stack the bottom of your tea or smoothie with fruity strawberry, lychee and coconut flavored jellies, juice-filled popping boba, fresh fruit bits, or regular tapioca pearls. You can also transform your boba tea into a meal replacement with a scoop of protein powder.

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Magic Cup

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The teas at Richardson’s Magic Cup are pretty simple – taro, coconut, and watermelon teas are on offer – but the add-ons are where things really get interesting. In addition to boba or flavored jelly, you add egg custard, grass jelly, or chia seeds to boost the healthiness of your beverage.

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A tight menu of reasonably-priced boba teas is on offer at this North Dallas shop. Order a jasmine milk tea or taro-coconut smoothie with tons of boba, jelly, or “seafoam,” a salty, creamy topping that rests on top.

Boba Latte

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For true boba enthusiasts, the drive to visit Boba Latte in Richardson is a must. The lattes here are expertly crafted, the boba is always perfectly chewy, and the service is impeccable. If large boba are too big for you, ask for the mini version in your smoothie, coffee, or tea. Don't sleep on the jasmine milk tea, a Boba Latte specialty.

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I Heart Boba

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Should you find yourself at Garland’s Saigon Mall or Town East in Mesquite, immediately locate I Heart Boba. This hidden gem is a local favorite, featuring a menu of traditional, no-fuss drinks with perfectly-prepared boba. Try the red bean or taro smoothie.

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Fat Straws Bubble Tea

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This boba chain opened in Dallas in 2002, and has been serving up perfectly chewy tapioca pearls ever since. Choose from premium artisan teas (try the pu-erh for a serious caffeine boost) or fruity smoothies (avocado, obviously) and add tapioca pearls or jellies for the perfect personalized boba tea.

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Boba House

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This non-descript boba shop tucked into a strip mall on Royal Ln is easy to miss, but once you’ve found it, you’ll never want to leave again. The atmosphere is cozy and perfect for working or studying, and the traditional boba shakes made with taro, green tea, and other flavors are old-school but totally solid.

Bobaddiction

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This adorable Deep Ellum boba tea shop slings fruity teas spiked with lychee, honeydew, peach, and more, or consider a milk tea in flavors like taro, Vietnamese iced coffee, and jasmine. Add rainbow jelly, grass jelly, tapioca pearls, or popping boba for a more interesting drink.

Zero Degrees

This wacky eatery is known for over-the-top offerings like bright purple ube milkshakes and cheese fries doused in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but the boba tea is legit. Try the “Splitcup,” which allows boba junkies to try two teas (maybe lychee-strawberry green tea and cucumber limeade?) in a cup with separate compartments.

Sharetea

mango tea with boba Sharetea/Facebook

This Carrollton outpost of Taiwan's favorite bubble tea chain brews its own teas, like green tea with grapefruit, every single day. Add jellies, boba, or aloe vera to the bottom for a refreshing drink and snack in one.

mango tea with boba Sharetea/Facebook

85C Bakery Cafe - Carrollton

85C Bakery Cafe

After browsing the selection of pastries, cakes, breads, and more, enjoy a selection of drinks like the chain's signature sea salt coffee and black tea, all given a boost with boba.

85C Bakery Cafe

Kung Fu Tea Richardson

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With locations in Richardson and Carrollton, there's usually a Kung Fu Tea nearby to satisfy an urgent boba craving. Order up milk tea, coffee, or fruity smoothie, then add perfectly chewy boba or jellies for the perfect drinkable snack.

Kung Fu Tea/Facebook

Fruitealicious

Fruitealicious/Facebook

Here, you’ll find an impressive selection of varieties of boba to add to your tea. Stack the bottom of your tea or smoothie with fruity strawberry, lychee and coconut flavored jellies, juice-filled popping boba, fresh fruit bits, or regular tapioca pearls. You can also transform your boba tea into a meal replacement with a scoop of protein powder.

Fruitealicious/Facebook

Magic Cup

Magic Cup/Facebook

The teas at Richardson’s Magic Cup are pretty simple – taro, coconut, and watermelon teas are on offer – but the add-ons are where things really get interesting. In addition to boba or flavored jelly, you add egg custard, grass jelly, or chia seeds to boost the healthiness of your beverage.

Magic Cup/Facebook

Dottea

A tight menu of reasonably-priced boba teas is on offer at this North Dallas shop. Order a jasmine milk tea or taro-coconut smoothie with tons of boba, jelly, or “seafoam,” a salty, creamy topping that rests on top.

Boba Latte

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For true boba enthusiasts, the drive to visit Boba Latte in Richardson is a must. The lattes here are expertly crafted, the boba is always perfectly chewy, and the service is impeccable. If large boba are too big for you, ask for the mini version in your smoothie, coffee, or tea. Don't sleep on the jasmine milk tea, a Boba Latte specialty.

Boba Latte/Facebook

I Heart Boba

I Heart Boba/Facebook

Should you find yourself at Garland’s Saigon Mall or Town East in Mesquite, immediately locate I Heart Boba. This hidden gem is a local favorite, featuring a menu of traditional, no-fuss drinks with perfectly-prepared boba. Try the red bean or taro smoothie.

I Heart Boba/Facebook

Fat Straws Bubble Tea

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This boba chain opened in Dallas in 2002, and has been serving up perfectly chewy tapioca pearls ever since. Choose from premium artisan teas (try the pu-erh for a serious caffeine boost) or fruity smoothies (avocado, obviously) and add tapioca pearls or jellies for the perfect personalized boba tea.

Fat Straws/Facebook

Boba House

This non-descript boba shop tucked into a strip mall on Royal Ln is easy to miss, but once you’ve found it, you’ll never want to leave again. The atmosphere is cozy and perfect for working or studying, and the traditional boba shakes made with taro, green tea, and other flavors are old-school but totally solid.

Bobaddiction

This adorable Deep Ellum boba tea shop slings fruity teas spiked with lychee, honeydew, peach, and more, or consider a milk tea in flavors like taro, Vietnamese iced coffee, and jasmine. Add rainbow jelly, grass jelly, tapioca pearls, or popping boba for a more interesting drink.

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