The bubble tea scene has come a long way since its introduction in Singapore back in the early 1990s. From the classic milk tea to the fusion flavours, here are the Top 10 Bubble Tea Brands that you might want to check them out in Singapore.
1) Playmade by 丸作
Playmade by 丸作 is a Taiwan-based bubble tea brand known for using all-natural ingredients (yes, no artificial flavourings!) to concoct their range of beverage. They are the first bubble tea shop in Singapore that makes their pearls from scratch at their shop daily. They even have unique pearl toppings like pink cactus, black sesame and burnt caramel where you can choose to pair along with your favourite drink. The drink menu itself consists of classic favourites like Taiwan milk tea, jasmine green tea and black tea. Too old-school? How about trying exclusive blends like “Pink Cactus Smoothie” or “Fresh Guava Orange Green Tea”? Like most bubble tea shops in Singapore, you can also customise your sugar (0%-100%) and ice (no ice, less ice or normal ice) content according to your preference. You can locate Playmade by 丸作 branches at Tampines Central and Depot Road.
2) Hollin Singapore
Two words: homemade pearls. That’s what Hollin is known for and if it’s not enough, this Taiwan bubble tea brand have their flavoured pearls specially available on different days of the week. For instance, if you want to enjoy their “Palmy Coconut Pearls”, they are only available on Wednesdays. The only pearls you can get all week long is “Honey White Pearls”. Their menu consists of three types of drinks: “Tea Latte Series”, “Rock Salt Macchiato Series” and “Refreshing Tea Series”. Among their signature drinks include “Hollin Black Tea Latte”, “Caramel Tea Rock Salt Macchiato” and “Honey Green/Black Tea”. Hollin is located at Toa Payoh Central.
Teafolia prides on using fresh fruits and quality tea leaves from around the world, namely Taiwan’s Four Seasons oolong tea and Sri Lanka’s Royal Ceylon black tea to blend their range of fruit teas. Some of their menus include “Signature Fruit Tea”, a refreshing concoction of Premium Four Seasons tea with fresh pineapple and various fresh fruits. Milk tea fans might want to check out their “Stirring Milk” series as well such as “Berry Konjaco Stirring Milk” (fresh milk with strawberry-flavoured konjac jelly and strawberry sauce) and “House Favourite Stirring Milk” (fresh milk with house-made pudding, bubble and sauce). Teafolia can be found in Tampines MRT, Bedok Mall, Northpoint City South Wing and Orchard Gateway.
Woobbee is known for serving premium and healthy tea. They even use natural raw sugar for their tea selection, which is both unbleached and chemical-free. Some of their recommended flavoured and milk teas are “Ai-Yu Passion Tea”, “Guava Plum Green-T” and “Hazelnut Milk Tea”. For non-tea lovers, you can opt for their milky Yakult & Yogurt range or other drinks like ginger latte and citron honey juice. Woobbee is currently available in three locations including Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Shaw Tower and Chinatown Point.
5) KOI Thé Singapore
The Taiwan-based KOI opened its first overseas outlet in Toa Payoh back in 2007. Today, you can easily find KOI at more than 40 outlets in Singapore alone. KOI uses freshly-picked tea leaves, natural ingredients and soft water to brew their freshest range of tea possible. Among their recommended teas include the “Golden Bubble Milk Tea, “Matcha Latte” and “Taro Q Milk Tea”. Apart from traditional outlets, KOI also operates self-ordering kiosks in seven locations including Jurong Point, Westgate, Buona Vista MRT, Serangoon Nex, Compass One, Chinatown Point and Bedok Mall.
6) R&B Tea
“R&B” actually referred to Rex and Bruce. They are both Taiwanese who owned the brand when they first started out in China. The bubble tea brand is particularly famous for their fruit tea series including the signature “Mighty Luffy” (Hawaiian fruit tea with mixed fruits) and “Devil’s Booster” (Peach tea with pineapple and orange blend). Earlier this year, R&B brought the latest Taiwan’s bubble-tea craze known as “Brown Sugar Boba Milk”. It’s a bubble tea made from chilled fresh milk and brown sugar, while the tapioca pearls are cooked for hours to give a soft and chewy mouthfeel. You can locate R&B Tea branches in Singapore including Marina Square and Toa Payoh.
LiHO is a homegrown bubble-tea brand that famously taken over the Gong Cha outlets in 2017. They subsequently made their mark with the introduction of cheese tea in the bubble tea market. It was actually a combination of flavoured tea topped with cream cheese that became so popular until other rivals start to make their own version of cheese tea. To date, LiHo has expanded progressively at more than 89 outlets in Singapore ranging from Amara Hotel to Zhong Shan Mall.
8) Bobii Frutii
Bobii Frutti is popularly known for their colourful concoction that made them a snapshot favourite among Instagrammers. They insist that each tea is made fresh including milk and pearls with no artificial flavourings, man-made essences or preservatives whatsoever. They have 37 drinks on the menu including quirkily-named bubble teas like “Mermaid’s Tears” (mango juice with honey, yogurt and butterfly pea bobii) and “Pandora’s Treasure” (lemon juice and butterfly pea extract). And just so you know, “bobii” is actually a Taiwanese slang for tapioca pearls. Bobii Frutti can be found at The Clementi Mall in Commonwealth Ave West.
9) I love taimei
I Love Taimei made its debut in the Bugis outlet in 2009, offering a fusion menu of bubble teas and Taiwanese street snacks. Their bubble teas are all given wonderful names like “Sunny Island” (mango, fresh milk, butterfly-pea flower tea and Mango Popz) and “Starry Night” (lemon, Yakult, butterfly pea flower tea and chia seeds). You can also add your own toppings ranging from the classic pearl to other varieties like konjac, aloe vera and Aiyu jelly.
If you are a loyal bubble tea fan, Each-a-Cup definitely needs no introduction. They are one of the earliest homegrown brands in the bubble tea business since their establishment in 1999. You can find Each-a-Cup outlets in various Singapore locations such as Woodlands, Choa Chu Kang Grove and Jurong West.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Singapore are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.