This summer's a scorcher — what better way is there to cool down than with some delicious bubble tea? Calgary has so many shops to choose from, ranging anywhere from giant chains to tiny cafes tucked in unseen corners. You can drink from these places every day for a year and probably still crave more.

Bubble tea making is an art, but these places have it down to a tee. From hand-crafted pearls that take four hours to make to freshly squeezed fruit juices and unusual flavours, you truly haven't experienced the drink until you pay these guys a visit.

Trust us, these taste just as good as they look. Your tastebuds are in for a wild ride with flavours ranging from cream cheese to matcha with salted milk foam. You'll be dazzled by multicoloured drinks and adorable bottles

That doesn't mean they've forsaken the basics either — whatever flavour you get, whether you go for pearls, grass jelly, pudding, or all three, you'll be in for a delicious drink that beats out all others.

So get out there and explore your city. Your stomach will thank you.

Gong Cha

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: 106A 303 Centre St., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This Taiwanese cafe has so many customization options, with everything from the strength of your tea to how sweet you'd like it.


Yifang

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: 606 5 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Another Taiwanese shop, this place is family owned and uses all-natural ingredients. Their fruit tea is to die for.


Thé Moon

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: 212 14th Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: A stylish local tea shop with quality drinks made with real fruit. Try their unique toppings like "cloud foam."


Royal Tea House

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: #123 328 Centre St., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This place has got so many unique ingredients ranging between everything from cream cheese to brown sugar pearls that take four hours to make perfectly.


Presotea

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: 614b 17 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: A minimalistic store dishing up tasty and unique combos. Try the Earl Grey Trio which includes the holy trinity of pudding, pearls, and grass jelly.


Bubblemania Cafe

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: 455 16 Ave., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This super chill cafe serves up not just bubble tea but all manner of sharable plates from pineapple fried rice to Thai fish cakes.


Happy Cup

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: #201 2525 Woodview Dr., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This local gem makes amazing teas with real, fresh fruit, not syrups or flavourings like some other places.


6A Snack bAr

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Bubble tea

Address: #10B 6219 Centre St., Calgary, Alberta

Why You Need To Go: This unique shop serves up delicious tea in lightbulbs and other whimsical containers. Most items are also under $5.


 

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