The boba tea craze continues to soar. According to World Tea News, in 2019, boba tea, also known as bubble tea, has an international market value of $2.4 billion. By 2027, experts predict it will be worth $4.3 billion.
Originally invented in the early 1980s in Taiwan, bubble tea’s popularity has traveled from its Asian roots and, as evidenced by the growing number of stores carrying the beverage, continues to grow in popularity in Baton Rouge.
Maybe you’re looking to get your caffeine fix from something other than coffee or energy drinks? Are you tired of drinking the same sodas? Or maybe you just love tapioca pearls or are you looking for something new? Bubble tea is a cold drink that combines various milk or fruit teas with tapioca pearls and offers an incredible number of flavors. Almost everyone is bound to find one to enjoy.
In Baton Rouge, the different shops make bubble tea in their own way. From unique toppings like popping boba or cheese mousse, to desserts like boba ice cream, the stores have something different to offer.
Do you want to try bubble tea? Here are some shops you can visit in Baton Rouge:
Upon entering the Teatery, you will be greeted with a delicious aroma of sweet pastries and drinks. Colorful macaroons and slices of cheesecake are just a few of the pastries you’ll notice lined up in the glass display case. White brick walls and neon signs create a contemporary yet cozy atmosphere in the bubble tea shop.
On the menu you will find milk and fruit teas, slushes and cream mixes. Coffee, hazelnuts and Thai milk teas are just some of the dairy drinks offered by the Teatery. Their most popular milk tea flavors are okinawa, or toasted brown sugar, and coconut taro.
Their best-selling fruit teas include Hawaiian fruit, as well as mango and passion fruit, both accompanied by a choice of black, green or oolong tea bases. Mangonada, Strawberrynada and Pineapplenada are part of their series of chamoyadas – a spicy yet sweet shaved ice drink. Some of their cream mix flavors are cookies and cream, honeydew, and pina colada.
Each drink comes with a choice of toppings. A brown sugar mixture is used to sweeten their tapioca. Other toppings include coffee, rainbow or lychee gel, aloe vera or sea salt foam. If you’re looking for a traditional treat to enjoy with your bubble tea, the Teatery offers delimanjoo, a South Korean pastry filled with Nutella.
The Teatery will introduce bubble tea to other parts of Baton Rouge, with its second College Drive location slated to open this summer. The menu will remain the same, with additional snacks like popcorn chicken and fries.
After living in Houston and noticing the vast amount of bubble tea shops all over the city, owner Hau Lee decided it was time to bring the trendy drink to Baton Rouge.
“I went back to Baton Rouge to visit my parents and thought we needed something here,” Lee says. “I spent two years learning everything and putting it in Baton Rouge to introduce something new to Americans.”
7620 Corporate Blvd., Suite G, Baton Rouge, (225) 246-2833. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You will feel welcomed by Boba ParTea before you even enter. A large flower garden, outdoor tables and hanging light garlands surround the front of the shop. While sipping your choice of bubble tea, you can stay indoors and practice your gaming skills with the complementary foosball table or play a game of chess with the store’s chess board.
Boba ParTea offers milk and fruit teas, smoothies and other specialty beverages. Their signature specialty drink is their Brown Bubu, which is made with brown sugar syrup and tapioca. Lotus tea foam, along with options like Vietnamese coffee and latte, are other specialty drinks offered by the store.
Mango, rooibos and pomegranate flavors are found in their selection of fruit teas, as well as their best-selling classic black tea. If you’re not a tea drinker, the store has a selection of smoothies, with flavors like avocado, taro or strawberry. You can complete your drink with their tapioca, lychee jelly, or brown sugar and cherry blossom crystal boba.
Bubble tea became popular in Asia about 25 years ago and has become popular with many Americans in recent years because it’s “really fun to drink,” says owner Van Nguyen.
“You can get different flavors with different toppings,” says Nguyen. “You can customize your own drink differently every time.”
However, bubble tea is not the only product you will find on the menu. Their bakery offers everything from savory options, like garlic cheese bread, sausage twists, and shredded pork bun, to sweets like homemade tiramisu cake, strawberry shortcake, and Vietnamese yolk cake. salted eggs.
2515 O’Neal Lane, Suite 9, Baton Rouge, (225) 726-7859. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are looking for a place to relax, Momo Tea is the bubble tea shop for you. Contemporary artwork hangs above the wooden banquette. At the entrance, a painting of white and navy angel wings — a display that customers often pose next to for social media posts — will be one of the first details you notice. You can choose a game from their shelf filled with various board games while enjoying a cup of bubble tea.
Classic black milk tea, oolong, matcha and Thai are flavors found in the milk tea section of the menu. Momo Tea’s specialty drinks include burnt tea and brown sugar boba milk tea.
Each of their fruit teas and smoothie teas are made with fresh fruit. Lime, passion fruit, and lemon are some of their fruit tea flavors, as well as smoothie tea flavors like grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Their drinks can come with various toppings, such as mousse brûlée, brown sugar pudding, and boba. Their most popular filling is cheese mousse, with black sugar as an ingredient.
CFO Ronald Wong and the owner’s husband, Melina Chen, describe bubble teas as an “alternative option to coffee.”
“Americans drink a lot of coffee, but I think as we evolve, people learn to drink different things, when it comes to caffeinated beverages,” Wong says. “The teas have become more popular because of this.”
7673 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, (225) 300-8071. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other Bubble Tea Shops
Taste : Located at 5531 Jones Creek Road, this food truck offers milk and fruit teas, slushies and smoothies, all of which can be paired with their homemade Korean corn dogs.
Zero degree: Located at 3260 Highland Road, this Asian-Hispanic fusion restaurant chain sells milk and fruit teas, slushes and coffees. Their food options include things like garlic noodles and carne asada fries.
Vivi Bubble Tea: Located at 11230 Florida Blvd., this bubble tea franchise offers fresh fruit and milk teas, slushies, yakult drinks and various toppings, as well as snacks like chicken popcorn.
Paradise Smoothie bubble tea and coffee: Located at 1295 N. Sherwood Forest Drive, this franchise makes milk and fruit teas, coffees, and protein shakes, along with various add-ons and their popular macaroons.
Milk tea and King Kong smoothie: Located at 8342 Perkins Road, this Southern bubble tea chain offers milk and fruit teas, smoothies, frappuccinos and various toppings. Their food options include Asian street food, such as Oriental popcorn shrimp.