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The D.C. Boba Guide: Where to Find Bubble Tea

13 places to spot the bouncy, squishy treat

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Bubble tea, pearl milk tea, or boba tea are all terms to describe a drink that features chewy tapioca balls soaked in black tea with sweetener. The drink has its origins in Taiwan, and has become so synonymous with Asian American culture that it has spawned terms like “boba liberalism.”

Traditional flavors include taro, coconut, mango, and lychee. It's also common to be able to add a variety of Taiwanese dessert items to the drink, including firm-textured, fruit-flavored jellies, sweetened mung and red beans, small chunks of fruit, thick custard, and fruit-flavored popping bubbles (spherification of fruit juice).

Note: A recent shipping backlog from Asia on the West Coast has created spotty availability of imported tapioca balls. Some bubble tea spots may have limited supply of boba over the next few months, but it is a great opportunity to branch out and try other fillings and toppings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tea Do

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838 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Pick up onigiri along with blended smoothies, teas, and aloe blends with boba, fruit-flavored popping bubbles, along with mango, aloe, coconut, and lychee jellies from the local mini-chain.

2. Snowbots

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1701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-3593
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Find slushee, milky and tea versions of bubble tea with boba, fruit-flavored popping bubbles, fruit-flavored jellies, red bean and pudding. Also enjoy other new Asian desserts trends: snowcream (mounds of flavored shaved ice or puffles) and freshly-made bubble-shaped waffles topped with ice cream, fruit, and other toppings.

3. KoGiBow Bakery

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1817 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 332-1202
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This Vietnamese-owned bakery serves up bubble tea in juices from blended fruit. Find flavors like black milk tea and mango.

4. Momo's Cafe

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4828 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-3675
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This Taiwanese restaurant, owned by Lawrence Chen, has scaled back its menu due to COVID. One of their specialties that remains is the potted milk tea, featuring milk tea topped with milk foam and crumbled Oreos. Also special on the menu is the Hokkaido milk tea, which has an extra creamy flavor similar to White Rabbit candies.

5. Teas'n You

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8032 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 722-8410
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Teas’n You is always on the leading edge of food and beverage trends. The latest seasonal special is blue matcha, which is not tea, but butterfly pea flower powder with a vibrant blue color that when combined with acid changes color from blue to purple to pink. There are also foamy dalgona drinks that were an early pandemic trend. Customize an order with a variety of toppings, including boba, jelly, fruit, and chia seeds, as well as choosing the sweetness level and amount of ice.

6. Simply Banh Mi

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1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5726
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Simply Banh Mi serves bubble tea in flavors like white peach, watermelon, and Thai tea.

7. Supreme Barbecue x Auntea Boba

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2 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 635-5000
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Teas are all brewed to order at this bubble tea shop inside Truxton Circle’s new Supreme BBQ, owned by Jeremy Canlas and his dad, Juan. Unique flavors like cereal milk and halo halo are at the top of the menu as well as the super trendy tiger stripe milk tea, featuring a black sugar syrup. Auntea Boba’s original location sits inside Gigi’s Kitchen in Fort Washington, Md.

8. Spot of Tea

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51 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Located inside of NoMa’s Streets Market, Spot of Tea offers a variety of Insta-friendly, multicolored layered drinks. Drinks are customizable from the type of milk (cow, macadamia, or oat), sweetness level, and with or without boba. The blue jasmine features trendy butterfly pea flower with green tea and milk.

9. BeauTea

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1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 450-6654
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This bubble tea shop founded by Leopold Liao features a variety of milk teas, slushes, and fresh fruit teas. During the summer, try the winter melon tea, a delicate and refreshing drink, known for its cooling yin qualities.

10. SecreTea

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1959 E St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 452-9622
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SecreTea features a variety of toppings including boba, jelly, red bean, aloe vera and marshmallow. Each month there is a “secret tea”, which is a special flavor of tea with a unique topping such as a bunny-shaped marshmallow, or mochi.

11. Teaism Penn Quarter

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400 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-6010
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The long-running D.C. teahouse in Dupont, Penn Quarter, and Lafayette Park serves a classic bubble tea with iced black tea, milk, sugar, and tapioca pearls. Add a reusable stainless steel boba straw with a cleaning brush for $5 more.

12. One Tea House Falls Church

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6757 Wilson Blvd Unit 10
Falls Church, VA 22044
(626) 466-5027
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This local mini chain has options that feature fresh fruit like passionfruit, apples, pineapples, peaches and more. Customize the sweetness, ice, foam topping, jelly, boba and chia seeds.

13. SnoCream Company

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4221 John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 942-8040
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Arturo Mei originally started Snocream in a bus serving flavored shaved ice or snocream with a variety of toppings. Its stall at Annandale’s The Block food hall also includes bubble tea featuring many of the same flavors in the shaved ice such as taro, honeydew and lychee.

1. Tea Do

838 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Pick up onigiri along with blended smoothies, teas, and aloe blends with boba, fruit-flavored popping bubbles, along with mango, aloe, coconut, and lychee jellies from the local mini-chain.

838 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

2. Snowbots

1701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Find slushee, milky and tea versions of bubble tea with boba, fruit-flavored popping bubbles, fruit-flavored jellies, red bean and pudding. Also enjoy other new Asian desserts trends: snowcream (mounds of flavored shaved ice or puffles) and freshly-made bubble-shaped waffles topped with ice cream, fruit, and other toppings.

1701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

3. KoGiBow Bakery

1817 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, D.C.

This Vietnamese-owned bakery serves up bubble tea in juices from blended fruit. Find flavors like black milk tea and mango.

1817 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, D.C.

4. Momo's Cafe

4828 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007

This Taiwanese restaurant, owned by Lawrence Chen, has scaled back its menu due to COVID. One of their specialties that remains is the potted milk tea, featuring milk tea topped with milk foam and crumbled Oreos. Also special on the menu is the Hokkaido milk tea, which has an extra creamy flavor similar to White Rabbit candies.

4828 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Teas'n You

8032 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

Teas’n You is always on the leading edge of food and beverage trends. The latest seasonal special is blue matcha, which is not tea, but butterfly pea flower powder with a vibrant blue color that when combined with acid changes color from blue to purple to pink. There are also foamy dalgona drinks that were an early pandemic trend. Customize an order with a variety of toppings, including boba, jelly, fruit, and chia seeds, as well as choosing the sweetness level and amount of ice.

8032 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

6. Simply Banh Mi

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Simply Banh Mi serves bubble tea in flavors like white peach, watermelon, and Thai tea.

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. Supreme Barbecue x Auntea Boba

2 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Teas are all brewed to order at this bubble tea shop inside Truxton Circle’s new Supreme BBQ, owned by Jeremy Canlas and his dad, Juan. Unique flavors like cereal milk and halo halo are at the top of the menu as well as the super trendy tiger stripe milk tea, featuring a black sugar syrup. Auntea Boba’s original location sits inside Gigi’s Kitchen in Fort Washington, Md.

2 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Spot of Tea

51 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Located inside of NoMa’s Streets Market, Spot of Tea offers a variety of Insta-friendly, multicolored layered drinks. Drinks are customizable from the type of milk (cow, macadamia, or oat), sweetness level, and with or without boba. The blue jasmine features trendy butterfly pea flower with green tea and milk.

51 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. BeauTea

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

This bubble tea shop founded by Leopold Liao features a variety of milk teas, slushes, and fresh fruit teas. During the summer, try the winter melon tea, a delicate and refreshing drink, known for its cooling yin qualities.

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. SecreTea

1959 E St NW, Washington, DC 20052

SecreTea features a variety of toppings including boba, jelly, red bean, aloe vera and marshmallow. Each month there is a “secret tea”, which is a special flavor of tea with a unique topping such as a bunny-shaped marshmallow, or mochi.

1959 E St NW
Washington, DC 20052

11. Teaism Penn Quarter

400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

The long-running D.C. teahouse in Dupont, Penn Quarter, and Lafayette Park serves a classic bubble tea with iced black tea, milk, sugar, and tapioca pearls. Add a reusable stainless steel boba straw with a cleaning brush for $5 more.

400 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. One Tea House Falls Church

6757 Wilson Blvd Unit 10, Falls Church, VA 22044

This local mini chain has options that feature fresh fruit like passionfruit, apples, pineapples, peaches and more. Customize the sweetness, ice, foam topping, jelly, boba and chia seeds.

6757 Wilson Blvd Unit 10
Falls Church, VA 22044

13. SnoCream Company

4221 John Marr Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

Arturo Mei originally started Snocream in a bus serving flavored shaved ice or snocream with a variety of toppings. Its stall at Annandale’s The Block food hall also includes bubble tea featuring many of the same flavors in the shaved ice such as taro, honeydew and lychee.

4221 John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22003

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