The search for the best boba in Seattle doesn't have to be hard. With this definitive guide, you'll be able to find the tastiest (in our opinion!) and most authentic bubble tea in your area. Battling for your attention, we're seeing more artisanal stores opening up in Seattle. Newer stores that focus on providing a whole new experience with your drink and old fashioned boba shops still standing their ground.
You'll find in Seattle all sorts of different flavors. Some are milky, some are fruity, and others even have a distinct savory-sweet flavor! It's up to you which one sounds good but we guarantee you won’t run out of boba flavors to try!
Here we’ll cover 9 boba shops and the drinks that you can only find in Seattle.
Seattle Best Tea
This hole-in-the-wall shop has a history of serving locals since 1996. Its long-standing history, in a competitive boba industry, points to its success as one of the best boba spots in Seattle.
Whether you're looking for the perfect classic boba or an ice-cold black milk tea they will not disappoint with their wide variety of flavors!
The store steeps their own tea leaves which is why you will taste a flavourful and rich tea base with your drink at Seattle Best Tea. You will often find locals praising the store for getting the combination of milkiness and sweetness - just right. You won't need to make adjustments to the sugar or milk and the boba strike a good balance between chew and softness.
If you love boba toppings, you’re going to love Seattle Best Tea. The bubble tea store gives out free unlimited toppings with every drink item! The heavy oolong milk tea is always a top seller.
Seattle Best Tea
506 S King St Seattle, WA 98104
If you’re looking for a place with hip vibes and a unique menu focused on boba - Meetea Cafe is your best choice. Try a classic milk tea or one of their speciality yogurt smoothies. However, their black milk tea stands out from the rest of their offering as they put orange pekoe leaves. This gives their drinks a lovely bold tint!
The cafe’s interior is modern and bright making it the perfect place to enjoy a drink. While there’s a good selection of bubble tea here, the star of the show has to be their cheese boba toast.
Meetea Cafe serves toast with salted cream cheese and boba filling that is a fun experience to try out once. They also serve other dishes inspired by the popular Taiwanese drink including purple rice and taro toast.
1424 11th Ave Ste F Seattle, WA 98122
Tea Republik is a secret haven for college students who are looking to get away after hours. They have great drinks and a dim low light atmosphere that resembles more of what one would find in their favorite bar, rather than just another tea shop!
The menu has so many options available and it can be hard to navigate. However, the staff are always helpful and happy to make recommendations! Ask for their special of the day and try some of the best boba in Seattle! We recommend Guapo Kiwi which is a twist between Kiwi and Strawberry tea and makes one refreshing drink!
4527 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
With its striking pink unicorn-themed truck, Dreamy Drinks is a must-try boba spot in Seattle. You will easily find this moving boba cart around popular outdoor areas in Kirkland or Ballard.
Like their playfully designed truck, their drinks are also aesthetically pleasing and Instagram worthy. They have a staple selection of drinks as well as seasonal specials which are only available for a limited time. Their tapioca pearls are often on the softer side with a slight chew. If you like to taste the tea in your boba, go for their black or oolong tea which is strongly brewed by the shop.
Try some of their signature boba drinks; Salty Caramel Latte and Honey Green Tea for an enjoyable afternoon treat. Other fan favorites include Chagaccino which is mushroom and coffee!
The dreamy drinks in Seattle also offer a catering service for events. Make sure to check their schedule on Instagram to find out where they will be serving next and the latest seasonal menu.
Rabbit Rabbit Tea Seattle
Let this boba shop take you down the rabbit hole and into the wonderland of tea. Hailing from Taiwan, Rabbit Rabbit Tea serves up some of the best boba in Seattle.
The presentation at this boba spot is immaculate. From the menu, interior to the drinks, you will find the consistent theme of a cute bow-tied rabbit in every detail. In particular, they have little rabbit cutouts which fit over your straw, to give you a cute rabbit nose as you sip your drink!
Locals and tourists alike recommend trying buckwheat milk tea with honey boba which is a non-caffeinated bubble tea with a unique nutty flavor.
Rabbit Rabbit Tea
518 1st Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
Hangry Panda serves up Taiwanese street eats like fried chicken, minced pork rice and scallion noodles alongside their popular bubble tea offering. Owned by Lucy Ye, Hangry Panda Seattle describes itself as a small operation that is women-owned with a women-led kitchen.
Their bubble tea is freshly brewed and made from scratch with real milk rather than creamers. What sets them apart is their Panda Milk which is an adorable Holstein patterned drink. It is a creamy, nutty and sweet drink that the store makes with grounded black sesame, milk, and topped with a salted milk cap.
Feeling daring? Try their durian milk tea for an entirely different boba experience in Seattle!
7815 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 United States
20 Oz Tea
Located in Eastlake, 20 Oz Tea is a local’s favorite spot for its wide selection of teas and customisations available which is praised by returning patrons. The store prides itself on brewing all its teas with real tea leaves and doesn’t use any artificial ingredients or powders. All drinks are handcrafted and made with their own simple syrups, real fruits and fresh dairy which can be substituted for almond, soy or oat milk without charge.
Served in 20 oz rather than your typical 24 oz drink, the drinks are thicker in texture compared to other stores. We recommend getting the ube milk tea which comes in three beautiful layers and is deliciously creamy.
Recently 20 oz Tea have also started offering a small selection of banh mi sandwiches which has turned the already popular boba shop into a great lunch spot in Seattle.
20 Oz Tea
1823 Eastlake Ave E Ste 160 Seattle, WA 98102 United States
Tea Addicts is a must-visit bubble tea shop in Capitol Hill, Seattle. Their honey boba is prepared fresh in the morning to guarantee the best taste. It is then no wonder that the star of the show at Tea Addict is their honey boba which provides the right amount of chew, sweetness and consistent quality.
Among locals, the store is known for its easy-going vibes and friendly service. While you wait for your drink take one of their post-it notes, doodle and add it to their wall.
Another drink that stands out from the crowd at this boba spot is their rose yakult which is relatively unique to the store. The combination between rose syrup and yakult is carefully balanced in that it gives a slight hint of floral taste without overpowering the sweetness from the yakult.
Also, try their popcorn chicken and fried tofu which go well with their selection of bubble tea.
1527 Harvard Ave Seattle, WA 98122 United States
Drip Tea rocks a hypebeast aesthetic throughout its overall shop concept that extends to its interior design and drinks menu. Spread across two floors, the first floor is a classic boba shop that serves up a good variety of traditional boba drinks with fun names like Post Melona, Heart Eyes and Monogram. You can even get your boba fix served to you in an adorable bear cup for an additional charge.
The shop interior has Supreme memorabilia on display meanwhile the second floor is what the owners call the Drip Tea Market. It is filled with designer clothing and streetwear that are on sale. In order to access it, you will have to ask the member of staff when you order your drink.
1416 10th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 United States
Best Boba in Seattle
Here’s a quick sum-up of the best boba spots in Seattle!
- Seattle Best Tea
- Meetea Cafe
- Tea Republik
- Dreamy Drinks
- Rabbit Rabbit Tea Seattle
- Hangry Panda
- 20 Oz Tea
- Tea Addicts
- Drip Tea
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