Bubble Tea, commonly referred to by its signature topping “boba,” is a Taiwanese drink with many different takes. Flavors of tea can vary from fruit-based teas like lychee or mango to milk-based teas like jasmine or oolong, and toppings can range from traditional boba (tapioca pearls), popping pearls, or sea-foam cream. Flavors and toppings will vary depending on location, but fortunately, there’s enough places in Charleston to try out different combinations of drinks and enjoy a refreshing bubble tea on a humid day.Read More
8 Spots to Order Boba Tea in Charleston
Cool off with some popping pearls of tapioca
Not one, but two locations for Cuppa Manna in the Summerville/Goose Creek area. With a friend or loved one who’s not a bubble tea fan? Take them here. It’s a more traditional coffee shop and cafe, with a larger selection of drinks such as espresso, coffee, and frappes.
QQ Thai Ice Cream and Crepes
Further out of the downtown Charleston area to Goose Creek, QQ Thai ventures to something a little different than other Asian fusion restaurants. In addition to bubble tea, it offers the once-trending rolled Thai ice cream and Japanese crepes, two uncommon dessert delicacies in Charleston.
Wei Mei Asian Diner
Across the street from Northwoods Mall, Wei Mei’s location is ideal for any shopping schedule to stop and try the Chinese and Thai cuisines, such as chow mei fun and pad see-ew. Their selection of milk teas, like coconut or Thai milk tea, can be paired with the many spicy dishes offered to cool down the taste buds.
Riso Noodle House
Riso Noodle House serves a variety of different noodle dishes from East and Southeast Asian cuisines, including pad thai, pho, and mei fun. The classic black bubble tea with tapioca pearls is great for an on-the-go drink while out running errands in the heart of West Ashley.
Located in the new Westedge development, Sweet Bowl offers a relaxing environment to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, with a dedicated quiet study room for students and is only a short walk away from Brittlebank Park to enjoy a bubble tea and poke bowl while watching the sunset. Plus, Westedge offers plenty of parking both on the street and in a garage right above the storefront.
Le Tea is small, but the perfect spot to pick up a bubble tea between classes. It’s located a short walk away from both College of Charleston and MUSC campuses. It’s a dedicated tea spot, so patrons shouldn’t go hungry if they’re looking for something to eat, too.
Poke Tea House
With its storefront on Spring Street, Poke Tea House offers not only bubble tea in many different flavors, but also fresh poke bowls, salads, and even sushi burritos. Its location between Meeting St. and King St. is an easy place to stop and enjoy the refreshing air conditioning after sightseeing, or shopping, on either of the popular downtown streets.
Ding Tea & Hạ Long Café
Around the corner from Marion Square and next door to Pounce Cat Cafe, Ding Tea & Ha Long Cafe is family-operated, serving Ding Tea-brand drinks and homemade Vietnamese comfort food, including summer rolls and pho.