Boba, bubble tea, boba tea– you may have heard all of these terms, but what is it exactly? Well, boba is a tea-based drink that was created in Taiwan in the early 1980s.

The original form consisted of milk tea with tapioca balls added in, but as the drink has evolved, the different flavor varieties and topping varieties have grown as well! Here are some of my favorite spots in Pittsburgh to grab the refreshing drink! 

Banh Mi + Ti

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Banh Mi + Ti in Lawrenceville, has one of the best boba selections in Pittsburgh. They offer a variety of teas alongside their delicious banh mis. There is oat milk, almond milk, and soy milk for the dairy-free Pittsburghers, but they also have an amazing fruit tea selection. Toppings include lychee jelly, boba, popping boba, and more.

My favorite drinks are either the delicious butterfly pea tea, with oat milk, brown sugar, and boba, or the refreshing lychee green tea, with lychee jelly, and boba. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any of the endless combinations! 

Bae Bae’s Cafe

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Bae Bae’s Cafe, the famous Bae Bae’s Kitchen’s sister spot, is located in the heart of Downtown. With a variety of speciality drinks and boba, including thai tea, vietnamese coffee, earl grey milk team, and more, there is something for everyone. They also serve great sandwiches, desserts, and more to accompany your tea.

My favorite is the taro tea with boba and oat milk!

Fuku Tea

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In the heart of Oakland, you can find Fuku Tea, which is a staple for Pitt and CMU students. With a no-fuss approach to boba, and lots of flavor options such as kiwi, guava, passionfruit, and more, you’re able to build a tea to suit your needs!

Where is your favorite place to get boba? 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Sophia Chang

Sophia is a Pittsburgh transplant who has lived in the Steel City for the last 9 years. She's passionate about food, and spends her free time sharing what it's like living (and eating!) as an Asian-American woman in Pittsburgh. You can find her exploring new restaurants, making foodie friends, and trying all the different bubble tea shops in the city.

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