Boba bliss: 5 sweet places to try bubble tea in Tempe

Boba bliss: 5 sweet places to try bubble tea in Tempe

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By Analisa Valdez

December 18, 2023

There is no denying how delightfully refreshing a good batch of boba tea can be. 

While many people have come to enjoy popular drinks from different cultures like matcha or chai tea, others have come to prefer the bubbly deliciousness of boba tea. An Eastern Asian delicacy that has skyrocketed in popularity in countries across the globe, boba or bubble tea is an iced mix of different flavored teas and milk with tapioca pearls. With the surge of new boba spots popping up across the Valley, it may be overwhelming to decide which one to try first.  

Here are The Copper Courier’s top five boba spots in Tempe— or what I’m calling the Boba Tea Crawl.

Stop One: Tea Swirl

Location: 725 S. Rural Road, Suite 107

Hours: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Boba bliss: 5 sweet places to try bubble tea in Tempe
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Starting off strong right across the street from Arizona State University on Rural is Tea Swirl. Looking for something more on the side of fruity and fizzy? Or maybe just a classic oolong milk tea? Tea Swirl has a wide variety of different energizing refreshers and teas. I got a Galaxy Swirl with some added raspberry jelly.

Stop Two: Duplex 双拼记 (Boba) Tea Station

Location: 1845 E. Broadway Road, Suite 121

Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m. 

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Boba bliss: 5 sweet places to try bubble tea in Tempe
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Looking for a photogenic hangout spot? Duplex 双拼记 (Boba) Tea Station in Tempe has not only the most refreshing Rose Sparkling Lemonade and the juiciest popping boba ever, it also has a pretty neat selection of rings, necklaces, and press-on nails for sale in the back corner—just across from the retro-fitted seating area. 

Definitely worth a trip down Broadway for a chill spot to drink, shop, or just hang out with friends. 

Stop Three: Mochi Fresh

Location: 960 W. University Drive

Hours: 12 p.m.-9 p.m. 

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Boba bliss: 5 sweet places to try bubble tea in Tempe
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Per personal recommendation from a friend, we took a trip down University in Tempe to check out Mochi Fresh, a boba shop that not only hand-makes their boba and fresh mochi, but also serves a selection of hot foods and snacks. 

We kept it simple and ordered their fresh, fruity, and juicy Berry Mix Fruit Tea with strawberry boba, which was essentially different berries thrown together to make the most unique natural sweetness.

Stop Four: DaYung’s Tea

Location: 3126 S. Mill Ave.

Hours: Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., closed Tuesdays 

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Boba bliss: 5 sweet places to try bubble tea in Tempe
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A little off the beaten path of the usual hot spots is DaYung’s Tea. Further north on Mill, the third stop on the tour has my favorite milk tea of any boba shop: the Oreo Milk Tea with actual pieces of Oreo in it. 

If banana is something you’re enthusiastic about—or if you’re curious and want to try something new—the Banana Milk Tea was also really interesting to try out. 

DaYung’s has plenty of unique options to choose from and is conveniently located next door to a delicious sushi and ramen shop. 

Stop Five: Bubble Bee Tea

Location: 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle #554

Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 

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Boba bliss: 5 sweet places to try bubble tea in Tempe
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Finally, on our trip through Tempe, it’s time to complete the boba tea crawl with a stop at Arizona Mills mall. Across from the Rainforest Cafe lies a true hidden gem: Bubble Bee Tea

This Tempe treasure is exactly what it sounds like: a bee-themed store where they serve the bubbling boba drink inside of the cutest honeycomb-esque cup—it’s technically a bowl, but it comes with the perks of still getting to stab the cover with a straw to get to your drink. 

In this case, I got the sweet and slightly sour Pomegranate Popper with a little more strawberry popping pearls. The tartness of the drink was refreshing and helped refuel my energy as I spent the rest of my trip browsing the mall, ending my crawl on a sugary note. 

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  • Analisa Valdez

    Analisa Valdez is a lifestyle reporter for The Copper Courier. She also covers the arts and entertainment world for the Echo. Analisa has been part of the State Press for three years and is in her third year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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