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The Best Bubble Tea Stores in Melbourne

Beyond its renowned brunch spots and coffee culture, Melbourne has embraced a new sensation for those seeking sweet drinks with a delightful chew—bubble tea!

From traditional milk teas to innovative fruit blends, Melbourne’s bubble tea landscape has grown into a never ending parade of boba-filled goodness. The city boasts a myriad of top-tier bubble tea stores, each crafting unique concoctions that promise to tantalise your taste buds. Join us on this journey through the best bubble tea Melbourne has to offer.

Where To Find The Best Bubble Tea Melbourne Has On Offer

1. The Alley

The Alley, synonymous with premium handcrafted bubble tea, brings a blend of traditional and creative brewing to Melbourne. Renowned for its meticulous tea selection and signature deerioca pearls, The Alley promises an unforgettable experience with every sip. 

Here, each deerioca pearl is carefully crafted by hand, ensuring the perfect texture every time. This, combined with their homemade sugar cane syrup, makes it a must-visit for bubble tea enthusiasts.

If you’re a coffee lover, we recommend you try their Brown Sugar Deerioca with Dalgona coffee topping. For something unique to The Alley, indulge in the Peach Oolong Tea crowned with soft cream cheese whip.

The Alley, 120-200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong, Melbourne VIC 3032, 03 9317 0793 
The Alley – QV Melbourne, 192B Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, 03 9639 0990
The Alley – Bourke Street, Shop 25, 222 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, 03 96394608
The Alley – Springvale, Shop 6, 218 Springvale Road, Springvale, VIC 2171, 03 9546 9505

The Alley

2. Milksha

Milksha is revolutionising the bubble tea scene with a focus on health and sustainability. Using premium-quality milk from Saint David Dairy and fresh, preservative-free ingredients, Milksha is the go-to for a bubble tea near me option that is better for your body and the planet. 

Their signature honey pearls, made fresh daily, and the use of high-quality loose-leaf tea set a new standard in the bubble tea world. The Earl Grey Tea Latte with Honey Pearl and the indulgent Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk are must-tries for any bubble tea lover.

Milksha Melbourne, 134 Elizabeth St Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 9078 6052
Milksha Doncaster, Kiosk KG04 Westfield Doncaster Doncaster VIC 3108, +61 3 9078 6052
Milksha QV, QV Square 15 Red Cape Lane Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 9078 6052


3. Xing Fu Tang

Xing Fu Tang stands out with its open kitchen concept, offering a spectacle of freshly hand-made boba pearls that they create fresh to order. Best known for its Brown Sugar Boba Milk, the brand excels in crafting drinks with a homemade touch. 

Try their signature drink, topped with torched brown sugar for a crème brulee flavour, or opt for an adorable rabbit-shaped panna cotta topping. Their DIY boba kits, available in various flavours, are perfect if you want to recreate the magic at home.

Xing Fu Tang, 273 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, +61 434 814 650, info@xingfutang.com.au

Xing Fu Tang

4. Naröcha

Melbourne-based Naröcha prides itself on using high-quality natural ingredients like premium Japanese tea and fresh A2 milk. Each freshly brewed tea is hand-whisked for a balanced brew, ensuring every sip is perfect.

Known for their array of creative offerings like cream cheese makiatos and bubble tea soft serves, Naröcha is a haven for bubble tea purists. The next time you stop by, check if they have any of their limited edition drinks on offer and order up – you won’t be disappointed. 

Naröcha, 3b/133 Watton St, Werribee VIC 3030, Australia, management@narocha.com


5. BlackBall Chinatown

Originating from Taiwan, BlackBall is famous for its award-winning grass jelly. The authentic Taiwanese desserts, you can’t find anywhere else in Melbourne, are also acclaimed.

Alongside their classic black sugar milk tea, it’s their inventive ‘snow ice’ that is their unique drawing card. This crowd-pleaser is like a deconstructed bubble tea, complete with frozen milk tea ribbons and, of course, boba. Order now, thank us later.

Blackball Chinatown, 8/206 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, +61 3 9662 2880

BlackBall Chinatown


With its Instagram-worthy aesthetic, INSTEA, is the perfect spot for boba and social media enthusiasts. This is THE Melbourne spot to get the most photogenic classic milk tea in the city. You can even order a ‘cocoa Chanel’ tea served in a Chanel-style bottle.

Looking for something special? INSTEA has you covered. With unique offerings like ‘sunny egg’ cheese tea and creme brulee-flavoured boba, INSTEA offers a delightful mix of tradition and innovation – all well worth a selfie. 

INSTEA, 210 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, +61 402 428 743



A pioneer in the vegan bubble tea scene, NUTTEA, sets itself apart as the world’s first vegan mylk tea brand. Utilising in-house crafted nut mylks, NUTTEA offers a delightful array of plant-based bubble teas that cater to a wide array of dietary preferences.

Each drink, bursting with the richness of almonds, cashews, and other nuts, is a testament to their dedication to quality and environmental responsibility. The brand’s focus on cruelty-free, environmentally friendly ingredients makes every cup a guilt-free indulgence.

NUTTEA, Melbourne Central Cnr Elizabeth St and La Trobe St Melbourne, VIC 3000, Vincent’s Marketplace 379 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, hello@nuttea.com.au


8. Gotcha Fresh Tea

Gotcha Fresh Tea, with its farm-to-cup philosophy, offers a unique experience in the bubble tea world. Proudly sourcing tea from its own plantation, Gotcha ensures unmatched freshness and quality in every brew. 

The array of handcrafted teas, collagen teas, and milk teas are tailored to suit all preferences, whether you lean towards traditional tastes or seek something more adventurous. Expect fresh, high-grade tea leaves, ensuring a consistently superior taste for tea aficionados.

GOTCHA HQ, 17-19 Pickering Road, Mulgrave VIC 3170, 03 8522 8567, ​info@gotchafreshtea.com.au



INDUSTRY BEANS is not your typical bubble tea shop, offering a Melbourne-inspired twist to the traditional drink. The IB Bubble Cup, a blend of cold drip coffee, coffee-soaked tapioca pearls, and house-made ‘consoy’, caters to both the coffee and pearl tea obsessed. 

Their innovative approach extends to various flavours, including a vegan option with plant-based condensed milk. The cafe’s chic, minimalistic ambience makes INDUSTRY BEANS a must-visit for those seeking an unconventional bubble tea experience.

INDUSTRY BEANS, 345 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, 03 9989 3779 Shop G043, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, VIC 3148, 70-76 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, venues@industrybeans.com

Industry Beans


As a global leader in bubble tea, Chatime brings a vast array of flavours and options to Melbourne’s bubble tea scene. With an emphasis on customisation, customers can enjoy a wide selection of milk and fruit tea blends, sparkling tea fusions, and an assortment of mix-ins – from tapioca balls to jellies and creamy matcha mousse.

Chatime, Multiple Locations Across Melbourne, +61 2 9283 0880, info@chatime.com.au



TOPTEA is a well-known staple in Melbourne’s bubble tea landscape. The menu ranges from fruity concoctions to tea drinks spiked with ice cream or Yakult and their signature cheese teas.

Their brûlée-topped milk tea creations and a new range of European bread and dessert flavours take their bubble tea experience to a whole new level.

TOP TEA Shop 2/413-415 Elizabeth St Melboburne VIC 3000
242 Swanston St Melboburne VIC 3000
KI002/1 Main St Box Hill Central Shopping Centre, VIC 3128
K110B, 619 Doncaster Rd Doncaster VIC 3108

Top tea


Global bubble tea brand, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice, offers an impressive menu that caters to both traditional and contemporary tastes. 

Known for its broad selection of milk tea and fruit-based options, COCO stands out with its signature drinks like mango green tea and the classic bubble cup crowned with pearls. Their commitment to regularly introducing new seasonal offerings keeps the menu fresh and exciting, making every visit a fresh boba experience.

Coco Fresh Tea & Juice, 258 Flinders Street, Melbourne, cocoaustralia@coco-tea.com



GONG CHA offers a refined tea experience inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition of presenting the finest tea to the Emperor. With a wide range of expertly crafted tea drinks, GONG CHA caters to all taste preferences. 

From fruity infusions like mango and passionfruit green teas to creamy milk-based concoctions with unique toppings, GONG CHA’s extensive menu provides endless possibilities for customisation. The brand’s commitment to quality and the wide variety of options make it a favourite among Melbourne’s bubble tea fans.

Gong Cha, 501 George Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, New South Wales, +61 2 8959 8836, info@gongchatea.com.au

Gong cha

14. Choulee Tea House

Melbourne-born bubble tea store, Choulee Tea House offers a delightful range of milk and fruit teas crafted with precision and care. Known for its customisation options, including Oreo cookie crumbs and tiramisu foam, Choulee allows patrons to create their own unique drinkable desserts. 

Choulee Tea House, 249-251 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, +61 3 9852 4139, info@choulee.com.au


15. Bubble Cup

A long-standing player in Melbourne’s bubble tea scene, BubbleCup, is dedicated to bringing fun and flavour to its quality drinks. Known for directly sourcing teas from Taiwan and freshly brewing them right in front of you, BubbleCup ensures each sip is laden with high quality and delicious flavour.

Bubble Cup, Shop 20, level 1, Cnr Swanston St & Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Chadstone
Shopping Centre, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre, Watergardens Shopping Centre, Hoppers Crossing Shopping Centre, Woodgrove Shopping Centre, +61 3 9041 3734, bubblecup@bubblecup.com.au

Bubble Cup

16. Machi Machi

Machi Machi, nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, offers an artistic and quirky twist to traditional bubble tea. Known for their signature panna cotta bubble teas, their creations add depth and excitement to the classic flavours you already know and love. 

The store’s whimsical décor and stock of high-quality ingredients, including top-grade Taiwanese tea leaves, make it a must-visit for those seeking an elevated bubble tea experience.

Machi Machi, 264 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC 3000, info@machimachi.com.au

Machi Machi

17. YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea

YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea shines with its exceptional fruit teas. Each cup is packed with real chunks of fruit, taking the satisfaction level up a notch and delivering the ultimate refreshment.

Known for their rich flavours and being generous with the boba, YiFang is the perfect treat for bubble tea enthusiasts.

YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea, 150 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea

18. Ori Tea

Ori Tea is a refreshing addition to Melbourne’s bubble tea shops, bringing a charming ambience thanks to their minimalistic café vibes. They offer a unique take on cheese tea, balancing a light, creamy layer of ‘cheese’ with ice-blended fruit teas. 

With options for fresh fruit teas and a couple of milk teas, Ori Tea caters to those who prefer natural, lighter flavours. The dragonfruit milk tea with cheese foam is a standout, offering a delightful combination of flavours and textures. To complete the experience, we recommend ordering their iconic crepe cake to accompany your choice of beverage.
Ori Tea, Shop 2 128 Little Bourke Street, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Victoria, +61 3 9650 4745


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As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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