Got boba on the brain? Then Plano is definitely the place to be. As a city staple that continues to grow, this Taiwanese beverage has proven to be a trend that’s here to stay. For those not already familiar, bubble tea, also known as boba tea, is a tea-based drink usually mixed with fruit or milk. Boba refers to the tapioca balls at the bottom of the cup, which add a chewy and slightly sweet surprise with every sip. In other words, you can have your drink and eat it too.
With new shops opening all over town, it can be hard to know where to begin. Many bubble tea places also offer a selection of sweet and savory snacks. Read on for the best spots to indulge your bubble tea cravings in Plano.
240 Legacy Dr #110, Plano, TX 75023
Tucked away on a corner off Legacy Drive and Hwy 75, this shop offers outstanding variations beyond the standard milk tea. Go for unique drinks like the Jasmine Sea Cream, Red Galaxy or Milky Way Galaxy. Or try building your own bubble tea with a wide selection of jellies and boba for endless flavor options. Tip: BobaLand even sells its own loose leaf herbal teas as well as blooming flower teas.
8604 Preston Rd Ste 121, Plano, TX 75024
Head north to the Plano side of Preston and 121 for fun drinks and desserts with high entertainment value. Bubble tea is available at Hi Sweetie in small and large glass light bulbs, but the highlight is the Unicorn Dream which comes with heart shaped strawberry jellies. Be sure to try their whimsical sweets like the beach cup dessert or the rolled ice cream, which is a show in and of itself!
3933 North Central Expressway, Plano, TX 75023
Albeit a chain, Sharetea still makes the list because of its extensive drink menu and solid offerings. Ranging from fruit teas to milk teas to brewed teas, the straightforward menu makes it easy to spot which drinks are customer favorites, which teas are available in both hot and cold and which ones are non-caffeinated. Feeling adventurous? Order one of the Creama topped drinks or the Ice Blended slushes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
5930 W Park Blvd #1200, Plano, TX 75093
This Taiwanese-inspired dessert shop located off Park and the Dallas North Tollway has the most Instagram-friendly menu items spanning every color of the rainbow. Milk tea is only just the beginning, and it even comes in the form of a milk tea float, or “flotea.” Other Sno Tea menu items, like the waffle pops, crepes, snow ice and elixir lemonades, will brighten up any photo and satisfy any sweet tooth.
This quaint hideaway off Hwy 75 and Spring Creek has something for just about everyone – an impressive menu, lots of classic board games plus a cute and spacious interior perfect for working, studying or socializing. At Sucre Cafe, drinks are available in glass mason jars (yours to keep), making showstoppers like the Mangonada and the Watermelon Breeze even more enjoyable. Bring an appetite for sizable snacks like the chicken and waffles, rice bowl or kimchi fries.
2001 Coit Rd Suite 301, Plano, TX 75075
With the most extensive operating hours on the list, this stylish treat shop caters to bubble tea lovers bright and early at 8 a.m. until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Milk teas on the menu are fully customizable and make the perfect pairing with Sweet Hut’s amazing bakery goods and hearty fare, including everything from French macarons to Asian pastries.
For vegan-friendly bubble tea, head to Plano’s Fat Straws or Kung Fu Tea. It’s not always easy to find a good milk tea that doesn’t contain milk, but these locations both offer dairy-free substitutes without sacrificing flavor.