Anyone living in Toronto knows that there are already hundreds of milk and fruit tea options in the city (and more arriving on the daily). But for the growing number of Canadians reducing their dairy intake, it can be difficult to find a bubble tea spot that offers non-dairy — and still delicious — alternatives.
Well, all bubble tea enthusiasts in Toronto can finally rejoice because a selection of dairy-free drinks is finally hitting the 6ix! Starting November 20, seven bubble tea brands across 30 stores will be offering drinks and desserts made with Vitasoy Café for Baristas Soy Drink.
For anyone unfamiliar with Vitasoy, they're a leader in Asian soy drink products and have even been credited as one of the first companies to introduce soy milk to the North American market. Their Vitasoy Café for Baristas Soy Drink has a distinct bean-y soy flavour profile which makes it a perfect addition for tea.
Made from non-GM soybean, it's also vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and has 40% less calories than regular milk — which, let's be honest, might just be enough to make even cow-milk drinkers switch over to plant-based.
From sweet-sounding flavours like rosehip soy and winter melon to more adventurous options like black sugar boba tofu and cheese foam milk tea with Vitasoy Baristas Soy Drink-flavored jelly, these plant-based alternatives make it easy to find exactly what you love in a bubble tea, without the dairy.
Here's where you can get your dairy-free bubble tea fix in Toronto.
1. Hey Sugar
Address: 449 Dundas St W., Toronto, ON M5T 1G8; 5379 Yonge St., North York, ON M2N 5R6; 3278 Midland Ave., Unit D116, Scarborough, ON M1V 0C9
Why You Need To Go: If aesthetically pleasing drinks for the 'gram are your thing, head to Hey Sugar. This health-focused bubble tea cafe has over 1,000 locations in China and is focused on bringing healthier and more natural bubble tea to drinkers in Toronto.
The Strawberry Tea with Vitasoy is made with just three ingredients: soy milk, Four Seasons tea and strawberry purée. Adventurous bubble tea lovers might want to try the Cheese Foam Milk Tea with Vitasoy-flavoured jelly. It's made with roasted soybean powder and comes topped with strongly flavoured cheese foam.
2. Kung Fu Tea
Address: 30 Rice Rd, Welland, ON L3C 5Y6
Why You Need To Go: With a whopping seven different dairy-free options on the menu, Kung Fu Tea is a vegan's paradise. Get fancy with the Sesame Matcha Soy Latte, Rosehip Soy Milk Tea, Soy Chai Latte or the delicious-sounding Winter Melon Soy Milk Tea.
3. Palgong Tea
Address: 330 Steeles Ave. W., Unit A4, Thornhill, ON L4J 6W9; 15 Mill Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3R6; 110-28 Finch Ave. W., Toronto, ON M2N 2G7
Why You Need To Go: Does this winter weather have you craving wintry flavours? Palgong Tea has dairy-free options you can get cozy with like Hazelnut Cocoa, Coconut Chai, Vanilla Matcha and Red Bean Latter. They're all made with Vitasoy Baristas Soy Drink, which is specially made to be blended with coffee or tea, so you don't have to compromise on flavour.
4. Sugar Marmalade
Address: Several including 280 Spadina Ave. Unit P, Toronto, ON M5T 0A1 & 9275 Markham Rd Unit 7, Markham, ON L3P 3J3
Why You Need To Go: Looking for something different in your next bubble tea? Sugar Marmalade's offerings are as sweet as the company sounds. Those with lactose intolerance (and a sweet tooth) will enjoy the Soya Milk Dalgona Coffee served cold, the Taro Sago Soya Milk served hot, and the drool-inducing Vita Soya Milk Shaved Ice.
5. Tiger Sugar
Address: Several including 348A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S5
Why You Need To Go: Conveniently located, this Taiwanese bubble tea chain specializes in brown sugar milk teas. But for dairy-free Torontonians, they have a special new addition called Black Sugar Boba Tofu Soyamilk. Hit up Tiger Sugar if you like to post an obligatory picture of your hand holding your bubble tea — the drinks are extremely photogenic.
6. Xing Fu Tang
Address: Several including 316 College St., Toronto, ON M5T 1S2 & 4632 Yonge St., North York, ON M2N 5M1
Why You Need To Go: If you like your bubble tea to come with sweet-sounding names like Damascus Rose and Oolong, check out Xing Fu Tang. Both options come with Vitasoy Baristas Soy Drink and can be ordered at six different locations including two in downtown Toronto.
7. Yang Tea Shop
Address: Several including 183 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON M5G 1C7 & 5295 Yonge St., North York, ON M2N 5R3
Why You Need To Go: With customizable beverages and tea leaves imported straight from Taiwan, Yang Tea Shop takes traditional bubble tea to the next level. The customizable tea latte is most popular here, but the dairy-free Fresh Taro Soy Tea Latte and Sweet Potato Soy Tea Latte might just be your next favourite.
Are you drooling yet? Dairy-free bubble tea in Toronto is what boba dreams are made of.
These plant-based bubble teas and desserts will drop November 20 at the above brands across 30 Toronto-area locations, so put it in your calendars! There are over 20 new Vitasoy Baristas Soy Drink beverages and desserts coming to bubble tea cafes in Toronto so whatever you love, you can find your #SoyMate (get it?).
Bonus: Every purchase of two drinks/desserts made with Vitasoy Baristas Soy also comes with reusable metal straws (limited quantities). Are you finally ready for dairy-free bubble tea, Toronto?