MAP: 15 places to try bubble tea in Northwest Austin

Sharetea serves a variety of bubble teas.

Sharetea serves a variety of bubble teas.

Bubble tea’s popularity has staying power in Northwest Austin as new cafes and restaurants serving the sweet drink continue to pop up, including Taiwan-based bubble tea shops Gong Cha and Sharetea. A typical bubble tea begins with a base of iced oolong, black or green tea sweetened with milk or cream and lined with balls of tapioca known as “boba” or pearls along the bottom. Some shops offer toppings, such as fruit jellies, pudding or fruit. Bubble tea can also begin with a base of iced coffee, flavored milk or a smoothie.

Angel Donuts and Treats
What to try: Strawberry Bubble Tea
8300 N. RM 620, Bldg. A, Ste. 200, Austin

Bambu Desserts & Drinks
What to try: No. 1 Bambu Special with coconut and pandan jelly
10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

Basil Thai
What to try: Taro Green Milk Tea
2501 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 550, Austin

Coco’s Cafe
What to try: Almond Milk Tea
8557 Research Blvd., Austin

Kung Fu Tea
What to try: Honey Green Tea
9070 Research Blvd., Ste.102, Austin

Minh’s Cafe
What to try: Boba tea with rainbow jelly
12221 Riata Trace Parkway, Austin

Short N Sweet Cafe
What to try: Krazy Drink with winter melon and assorted fruit jellies
10901 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

What to try: Strawberry Smoothie
11220 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

Tea Haus
What to try: Jasmine Milk Tea
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 285, Austin

Teapioca Lounge

What to try: Customers can make their own bubble tea drink by selecting the type of tea and flavor to mix together with the tapioca balls.
1700 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 210, Austin
10000 Research Blvd., Ste.137, Austin

Tomunchi Frozen Yogurt
What to try: Winter Melon Milk Tea
1701 W. Parmer Lane, Austin

Yummi Tacos
What to try: Thai Tea
12518 Research Blvd., Ste. M, Austin

Coming soon

Gong Cha (July)
13201 RM 620, Austin

Sharetea (June)
13343 N. US 183, Ste. 275, Austin

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.