For day 9 of my 12 days of Blogmas, we’re bringing a list of our favorite places to drink boba (you may call it tapioca or pearls depending on your geographic location)!

I like lists, don’t you? Lists help with organization and storage of information. As I find myself quite forgetful these days, lists are fantastic ways to keep things in order.

We’ve traveled all over Los Angeles trying new boba places whenever we get the chance from our busy lives.

Why boba? Well, boba is a cultural conversation.

Good boba is a life changer. #bobalife

We evaluate boba based on criteria that reviews the consistency of the boba, flavor and creativity of the liquid drink itself, and the boba buying customer experience.

Without further ado, here’s our list of favorite boba places for 2018.

Roasting Water

This boba place is a bit out of the way if you don’t live central to Los Angeles.

The drinks come in glass jars with corks.

The jars are switched up every so often, so if you go one month and the next, you’ll bring home a different jar each time.

The drinks come with a variety of fruit and toppings.

best boba roasting water

Tea Brick

There’s something very cool about the lychee mojito boba (there’s no alcohol though). We also like the Cristine and the Vanessa boba which are fruit smoothies.

And, don’t forget the corgi butts on the drink bottles are adorable.


The hype of the salty cream cheese foam sitting on top of a tea drink is real.

I find the richness in the cookies and cream drink is very soothing for my soul and the fat layer forming all over me.

Jo likes the matcha creme brulee drink! The creme brulee is painted on the bottom of the drink.

You can drink the foam after when it falls to the bottom of the cup as a nice finish or you can mix it into the drink.

Koala T

A little biased since the founders are UCLA alumni, we found this boba place in the heart of Westwood to be a game changer in the neighborhood.

We enjoy the custom menu (choose a lemonade from lychee, peach, original) and the variety of toppings (almond/lychee jellies, boba, etc).

Lychee lemonade with boba is so refreshing. The Milky Way (iced milk with boba) is pictured here

best boba koala t cafe


Passion fruit green and the butterfly rose lemonade boba are delicious. Boba add-on is free on Tuesdays!


The line for this boba drink place is always out the door which is great because it means the boba is always fresh. Our favorites are the Passion fruit green tea boba and the Wintermelon boba drink.

I know boba is a staple of Asian/Asian American food, so many people without exposure to the multicultural experience haven’t tried it. It’s a great way to mix up the coffee routine. Where are your favorite boba places?

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