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Top Spots to Get Your Bubble Tea Fix Around Raleigh & Cary

Whether or not you call this caffeinated heaven in a cup “Bubble Tea” or “Boba Tea,” there’s no denying this drink has quickly become a millennial favorite. There’s nothing like sweet chewy tea to quickly turn a bad day into a good one. From taro to mango to strawberry, matcha, jasmine, and honeydew, bubble tea is a year-round delicacy. With tapioca pearls being hard to come by, homemade bubble tea is hardly even an option. Meaning locals will find this list of boba tea spots both in and near Cary to be a lifesaver.

Kung Fu Tea

966 High House Rd Suite 124, Cary, NC 27513

Hailed the “Starbucks of Bubble Tea,” Kung Fu Tea does not disappoint with its large selection of milk teas. The menu is indicative of dietary restrictions like dairy-free, caffeine-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Best sellers include their Coconut milk tea and Winter melon milk tea.

MILKLAB

6418 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518

Premium teas sourced from authentic tea farms and prepared with real juice, fresh fruits, fresh milk, and fine grade tea leaves. All teas are 100% non-homogenized, antibiotic-free, GMO-free, and provide rich omega-3s. You can also treat yourself to some organic rolled ice cream.

Boba Baba

12102 Bradford Green Square, Cary, NC 27513

An extensive selection of milk teas, premium drinks, and specialty drinks. Customizations offered for every single drink include milk options, sweetness levels, and hot or iced. Grab yourself a beloved Thai tea and pastry on any day of the week.

Moge Tee

2304 Hillsborough St Ste 100 Raleigh, NC 27607

Right down the street from NC State University, Moge Tee prides itself on its fresh fruits and authentic teas. Menu options ranging from fruit teas to milk teas, include green tea mochi, mango, and brown sugar. A local favorite includes their Cheese foam optional topping that’s been described to “leave a salty, creamy taste.”

Bumble Tea

3221 Avent Ferry Rd Raleigh, NC 27606

Called a “hidden gem of the Southeast Raleigh area,” Bumble Tea is loved for its assortment of milk teas. Ranging from classic flavors to rose, Boba is an optional add-in for each and every tea. Outside of teas, “Bumble Waffles”– equipped with ice cream & toppings, and fruit smoothies are also consumer favorites.

Cha House

13001 Hillsborough St Ste 108 Raleigh, NC 27607

An Asian-inspired Tea House offering both craft teas and a snack bar. Consumer favorites include their Jasmine, oolong, and black milk teas. This boba spot promises an authentic Taiwanese tea experience with each visit.

SipCha

1011 Beaver Creek Commons Dr Apex, NC 27502

A locally owned cafe serving bubble tea and rolled ice cream. Each delicacy prepared from fresh, daily-cut fruits. Offering a casual, relaxing atmosphere for groups ready to kick back and play their publicly available board games.

Budacai

120 E Martin St Raleigh, NC 27601

Asian-fusion dishes and an amazing assortment of brewed teas without and with alcohol. Praised for its “IG-worthy” aesthetics and inviting environment, Budacai is loved for more than just its boba teas. Avocado spring rolls, bulgogi bowls, and crispy tofu bao buns are just a few of their food options that keep customers coming back.

SummerTime Tea and Smoothie

1350 5th Ave Ste 250 Garner, NC 27529

Their unique selection of both boba and ice cream flavors is enough to justify the slightly longer drive from Cary. Matcha, taro, chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, and butterscotch are just a few of the flavors you’ll spot here. The perfect spot for a mid-day sweet tooth.

My Berry Frozen Yogurt Cafe

3460 Ten Ten Rd Ste 116 Cary, NC 27518

Don’t let the fact this spot is marketed as a “frozen yogurt cafe” scare you into thinking you won’t be getting your bubble tea fix. While their frozen yogurt & froyo shakes are to die for, their milk tea variations include Mocha, Black Rose, Black, Blue Hawaii, Coconut, Green Tea Latte, Honey Dew, Taro, and more.

Anise Pho

222 Glenwood Ave Ste 113 Raleigh, NC 27603

You’ll be able to have your Bubble Tea and Vietnamese cuisine fix all-in-one. Anise offers Bubble Tea prepared from high quality black tea leaves and select ingredients shipped directly from Taiwan, combined with a choice variety of fresh fruits.

JJ Cafe

2143 Ten Ten Rd Apex, NC 27539

A fusion of both Taiwanese and Japanese cuisine served alongside Black Tea, Green Tea, and Milk Tea, and of course, Boba Tea. The perfect spot for authentic, affordable Asian cuisine.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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