Doing coffee tasting tours around the city and preparing Colombian coffee on your own is a great experience, but what about Medellin-style bubble tea? Being in an international city means there are countless places to grab drinks.
Luckily, for bubble tea fans in Colombia, you’ll find mixtures and flavors that you will not find anywhere else. Whether it’s a small stall in a mall or a specialized bubble tea shop, I’m sure you’ll find a flavor that fits you perfectly.
Thirsty yet? Then let’s get into the best spots to get this highly-customizable drink!
By far, the best place to get your bubble tea is Medellin. It has even been recommended several times by famous international and national stars such as Greeicy and Mike Bahia – a couple of Colombian singers.
Momotea is very popular with locals, so you’ll usually find some waiting lines to try their latest creations. This local chain has managed to expand throughout the city, and now you can find it in:
- Arkadia Mall
- Santafe Mall
- Euro La Frontera
- Viva Envigado Mall
- Viva Laureles Mall
This bubble tea shop is also deeply committed to taking care of the planet. It offers bamboo straws. Also, reusing cups as pots for small plants is commonly done here. After enjoying your drink, you can plant a small cactus or seed with it.
Although I am a keen boba lover, I enjoy accompanying my drink with a snack or dessert. That’s not a problem for Momotea since they offer other delicacies, such as the Hong Kong waffle, which you can garnish with chocolate sauce or ice cream, to have that punch of sugar while adding both!
Most drink options and toppings are safe for vegans, but you can also choose gluten-free or lactose-free options. And If you’re not in the mood for bubble tea, you can always try other drinks like shaved ice, Italian sodas, summer tea, and more.
My bubble tea pick for this place is the premium coconut bubble tea, with a sweet flavor and soft texture. It’s also very aromatic and adds a great source of fiber and protein.
Address (Poblado): Calle 185 No. 45 – 03. Santafe Mall, El Poblado, Medellín Colombia
T4 is a chain store that originated in Taiwan. The first T4 Oviedo was built back in 2004. Over the years, they have become the ‘Starbucks’ of bubble tea. There are already 12 other countries T4s are in. There are shops in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
In addition to finding traditional Asian flavors such as green tea matcha, milk tea agar, and others, they play with Colombian flavors, such as black passion fruit and turmeric tea, a choice you’ll not regret.
The most particular flavors you’ll find sneaking into the menu are:
- Flower tea with rose
- Ophelia aloe
Also, they prepare their version of bubble waffles and offer a wide variety of toppings to add some spice to your bubble tea. Some of them are:
- Tropical jelly
- Glass jelly
- Coffee jelly
It’s also a place to get cozy and get some work done while enjoying your drink in a laid-back atmosphere. The wifi connection is strong enough and has a board game area. To top it all off, T4 also has provided comfortable seats since day 1.
My recommendation from T4 is green grapefruit tea with ginger, which boasts beneficial qualities for metabolism and weight loss.
Located in Viva Envigado Mall, Teamo Teahouse is similar to a small traditional Japanese tea bar. It offers typical flavors such as matcha tea, oolong tea, black tea, etc. Plus, you can turn your drink into bubble tea for a small extra price.
Also, If you were left wanting more of their tasty drinks and flavors, you should get the 1 L tea bottle. You can put it together according to your taste, just choose the type of tea, flavor it, and customize it with your favorite toppings.
The bottle or tea preparation kits are the perfect excuse to take to your hotel or Airbnb as a souvenir.
For this particular bubble tea shop, there is no specific recommendation. There is just too much to choose from that depends on your taste. However, the most popular option is anything from the fruit tea menu with tapioca pearls. The most commonly sold-out flavors are usually matcha lemonade and lemon-watermelon.
If you still can’t get away from the taste of your Starbucks, don’t fret! There are many venues of this popular chain of cafes throughout the city.
Although this may be a familiar flavor for you, there are still new traditional flavors from Colombia, a blend of exotic Colombian fruits with the characteristic taste of Starbucks.
Just make sure to check the availability of the boba topping in advance. The available toppings depend on what is in season.
Address (Milla de Oro): Cra. 43A #7 Sur – 170, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín
Unleash Your Love for Bubble Tea in Medellin
Now that you know where to get your boba fix while visiting Medellin, you can satisfy your sweet tooth in one of the many spots the city offers in its malls and busy neighborhoods. We’re sure you’ll love the great variety of exotic flavors!
Are you thinking of getting bubble tea? What’s your favorite flavor? Let us know in the comments!
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