A decade ago, it was the coolest drink in a glass. Now, bubble tea has quietly taken its place among the cultural landscape, with young people spilling out of tea shops on weekends, playing cards, sipping fluorescent concoctions, and fighting to be heard over a soundtrack of appalling pop music.

 

Tapioca fan or not, we often don’t realize how much we love that honeydew and milk combo until we’re in some primitive place where they’ve never heard of it. For the informed tea connoisseur, the best brew for your buck doesn’t use powders. TenRen’s and Go For Tea (with several locations around town) are perennial fan favourites