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The Ultimate Guide to Boba in Atlanta

From local Atlanta bubble tea shops to nationally and internationally recognized boba chains

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Boba, also known as bubble tea, is a tea-based drink traditionally served with tapioca balls at the bottom, though most boba chains offer an assortment of toppings like lychee jelly, sago, red bean — anything that gives the drink a “QQ” texture, a sort of tactile onomatopoeia in Taiwan to describe a chewy bounciness.

The true origins of boba remain shrouded in a rivalry between two popular Taiwanese tea house chains: Taichung’s Chun Shui Tang and Tainan’s Hanlin Tea Room. Chun Shui Tang claims that in 1987, its employee, Lin Hsiu-hui, created the first pearl milk tea when she poured a mixture of lemon black tea and iced milk tea over her favorite childhood snack, tapioca balls. Hanlin’s version of the story has its founder mixing translucent tapioca balls and milk tea in 1986.

Regardless of who created the first pearl milk tea, the resulting litigation the two companies embroiled each other in prevented any kind of trademark on the drink, allowing tea houses across Taiwan to sell their own boba. Though boba has been in the United States since the 1990s, first serving a primarily Taiwanese-American population in California, it wasn’t until the late 2000s that the treat took off across the country. The Atlanta area is no exception, now home to several dozen boba shops. Here are the essentials to check out.

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1. Unbelibubble

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1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW Suite 130
Atlanta, GA 30318

Since opening its first location in Duluth in 2018, Unbelibubble has spread across Atlanta with four additional locations, including a stall at Chattahoochee Food Works, the Underwood Hills food hall backed by Andrew Zimmern. Popular items include the rose black milk tea, Unbelibubble fruit tea, and various crushes, fruit purees topped with a milk cap. Unbelibubble also offers a latte flavored with ube, a purple sweet potato popular in Filipino desserts.

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2. Tea Corner

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620 Peachtree St NE Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30308
(470) 925-0127
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A short walk from the campus of Georgia Tech, Tea Corner offers a selection of boba tea and coffee and a make-your-own option using a base of black tea, oolong tea, green tea, or coffee flavored with a selection of fruit flavoring and milks. Tea Corner also offers a croissant topped with a house-made brown sugar milk tea cream and boba. 

3. teamo tea cafe

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5920 Roswell Rd A107
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(724) 888-3266
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A green tea with a fruit mixture of blueberry, dragonfruit, lemon, mango, strawberry, pineapple, and kiwi, the Supreme (this shop’s best seller) lives up to its name. Another tea-forward boba shop, try the ceremonial-grade matcha and cheese teas here. Teamo also offers a selection of six herbal tea blends, each with a specific purpose, from detoxification to digestion. Order online.

4. Sharetea

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5975 Roswell Rd UNIT 209
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 963-1198
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Originating in Taipei in 1992, Sharetea is nearing its 30th year in operation, with over 450 stores across the globe, serving boba lovers in Dubai, Sydney, and in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Along with the classic fruit and milk teas found at most boba places, Sharetea also offers mojitos (non-alcoholic) flavored with lime, mango, peach, or strawberry. Order online for takeout.

5. Honey Bubble

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798 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 835-2009
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Located just down the street from Ponce City Market, Honey Bubble tries very hard to be a local bubble tea shop, and it largely succeeds. Alongside the selection of milk teas (offered with dairy substitutes) and snowcap slushies, Honey Bubble also sells macarons from Alon’s Bakery, too. Order online.

6. Tea Leaf and Creamery

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2052 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 705-8347
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On the edge of the Emory University campus, Tea Leaf and Creamery is known for its signature smoothie teas with flavors such as avocado, black grape, and red dragon fruit. Along with its smoothies, Tea Leaf and Creamery offers various tea infusions with ice cream or yogurt. A second location on Buford Highway opened earlier this year.

7. Tea Top

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6035 Peachtree Rd Suite A-117
Doraville, GA 30360
(678) 813-5185
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TeaTop takes its tea seriously. The tea in that cup isn’t just a vehicle for boba, it is something to be enjoyed, to be dwelled upon. The shop uses high-mountain tea leaves, grown in the mountain ranges of central Taiwan. Try the signature alpine green tea or Sun Moon Lake black tea, both offered hot and cold. Currently, TeaTop only accepts online orders for takeout.

8. 4.0 Ice Cream & Drinks

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6035 Peachtree Rd SUITE A201
Doraville, GA 30360
(470) 306-1030
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Tucked away in a far corner of Doraville’s H Mart Plaza, the presence of 4.0 Ice Cream and Drinks is muted by its more recognizable neighbors, Tea Top and Meet Fresh. Now operating as a pick-up window, 4.0 features one of the more extensive, borderline intimidating, boba menus in metro Atlanta, with toppings such as mochi and chestnut (both $1.00). Customers are met with a storefront collage of posters for new limited-time specials, of which the mango sago slush and mochi sesame milk tea are stand-outs. 4.0 also offers milk teas by the gallon. Order online.

9. Sweet Hut Bakery Cafe

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5150 Buford Hwy NE A-100
Doraville, GA 30340
(470) 545-2585
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A map of essential Atlanta boba shops isn’t complete without Sweet Hut Bakery. First opened in 2012 on Buford Highway, the Asian bakery and cafe has become a cornerstone of Atlanta’s boba scene, with four additional locations in Midtown, Duluth, Buckhead, and Marietta. The reliable line-up of milk teas here tend to lean toward the sweet side at 100-percent sugar, so order accordingly. Order online for takeout.

10. Tan-Cha

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5677 Buford Hwy NE Suite 101
Doraville, GA 30340
(470) 275-6186
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Compared to boba shops with sprawling lists of toppings and flavors, Tan-Cha’s menu might seem limited. A more accurate word might be “curated.” Located in Doraville, the Los Angeles-based chain is known for its fresh fruit teas and its brulee milk tea, best enjoyed with an inch and a half of sweet foam on top. Said foam comes in three flavors: matcha foam; tiramisu puff cream; and cheese foam (a cream cheese-based foam that gives the drink a cheesecake edge.)

11. Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

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5705 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 395-5988
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Named for founder Kei Tzu-kai’s grandmother, Yi Fang prides itself on freshness and authenticity in a flavor born on Tzu-kai’s family pineapple farm in Taiwan. If ordering one thing here, get the Yi Fang fruit tea, a jade tea made with golden pineapples, passion fruit, and slices of apples and oranges. Order online.

12. Bubbly Boba

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11500 Webb Bridge Way Suite 1-B
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(678) 997-0666
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Sustainability is central to Bubbly Boba in Alpharetta, offering fair-trade tea and vegan milk. In addition to traditional tapioca, the shop also offers a soft tapioca boba, “for those of us who don’t like chewy,” the menu reads. Order online.

13. TIGER SUGAR

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United States, Georgia, Duluth
Pleasant Hill Rd, #101
(470) 275-6486
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A more recent addition to Atlanta’s boba scene, Tiger Sugar offers a limited selection of drinks sweetened with cream mousse and the shop’s signature brown sugar that streaks down the side of the cup like tiger stripes. The staff at Tiger Sugar advises people to shake the drink 15 times to fully incorporate the sugar. As part of a recent summer menu, the Taiwan-based boba chain served a tiger mango sago in limited daily quantities.

1. Unbelibubble

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW Suite 130, Atlanta, GA 30318
Unbelibubble Tea House

Since opening its first location in Duluth in 2018, Unbelibubble has spread across Atlanta with four additional locations, including a stall at Chattahoochee Food Works, the Underwood Hills food hall backed by Andrew Zimmern. Popular items include the rose black milk tea, Unbelibubble fruit tea, and various crushes, fruit purees topped with a milk cap. Unbelibubble also offers a latte flavored with ube, a purple sweet potato popular in Filipino desserts.

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW Suite 130
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Tea Corner

620 Peachtree St NE Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30308

A short walk from the campus of Georgia Tech, Tea Corner offers a selection of boba tea and coffee and a make-your-own option using a base of black tea, oolong tea, green tea, or coffee flavored with a selection of fruit flavoring and milks. Tea Corner also offers a croissant topped with a house-made brown sugar milk tea cream and boba. 

620 Peachtree St NE Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30308

3. teamo tea cafe

5920 Roswell Rd A107, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

A green tea with a fruit mixture of blueberry, dragonfruit, lemon, mango, strawberry, pineapple, and kiwi, the Supreme (this shop’s best seller) lives up to its name. Another tea-forward boba shop, try the ceremonial-grade matcha and cheese teas here. Teamo also offers a selection of six herbal tea blends, each with a specific purpose, from detoxification to digestion. Order online.

5920 Roswell Rd A107
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

4. Sharetea

5975 Roswell Rd UNIT 209, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Originating in Taipei in 1992, Sharetea is nearing its 30th year in operation, with over 450 stores across the globe, serving boba lovers in Dubai, Sydney, and in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Along with the classic fruit and milk teas found at most boba places, Sharetea also offers mojitos (non-alcoholic) flavored with lime, mango, peach, or strawberry. Order online for takeout.

5975 Roswell Rd UNIT 209
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

5. Honey Bubble

798 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Located just down the street from Ponce City Market, Honey Bubble tries very hard to be a local bubble tea shop, and it largely succeeds. Alongside the selection of milk teas (offered with dairy substitutes) and snowcap slushies, Honey Bubble also sells macarons from Alon’s Bakery, too. Order online.

798 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

6. Tea Leaf and Creamery

2052 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

On the edge of the Emory University campus, Tea Leaf and Creamery is known for its signature smoothie teas with flavors such as avocado, black grape, and red dragon fruit. Along with its smoothies, Tea Leaf and Creamery offers various tea infusions with ice cream or yogurt. A second location on Buford Highway opened earlier this year.

2052 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

7. Tea Top

6035 Peachtree Rd Suite A-117, Doraville, GA 30360

TeaTop takes its tea seriously. The tea in that cup isn’t just a vehicle for boba, it is something to be enjoyed, to be dwelled upon. The shop uses high-mountain tea leaves, grown in the mountain ranges of central Taiwan. Try the signature alpine green tea or Sun Moon Lake black tea, both offered hot and cold. Currently, TeaTop only accepts online orders for takeout.

6035 Peachtree Rd Suite A-117
Doraville, GA 30360

8. 4.0 Ice Cream & Drinks

6035 Peachtree Rd SUITE A201, Doraville, GA 30360

Tucked away in a far corner of Doraville’s H Mart Plaza, the presence of 4.0 Ice Cream and Drinks is muted by its more recognizable neighbors, Tea Top and Meet Fresh. Now operating as a pick-up window, 4.0 features one of the more extensive, borderline intimidating, boba menus in metro Atlanta, with toppings such as mochi and chestnut (both $1.00). Customers are met with a storefront collage of posters for new limited-time specials, of which the mango sago slush and mochi sesame milk tea are stand-outs. 4.0 also offers milk teas by the gallon. Order online.

6035 Peachtree Rd SUITE A201
Doraville, GA 30360

9. Sweet Hut Bakery Cafe

5150 Buford Hwy NE A-100, Doraville, GA 30340

A map of essential Atlanta boba shops isn’t complete without Sweet Hut Bakery. First opened in 2012 on Buford Highway, the Asian bakery and cafe has become a cornerstone of Atlanta’s boba scene, with four additional locations in Midtown, Duluth, Buckhead, and Marietta. The reliable line-up of milk teas here tend to lean toward the sweet side at 100-percent sugar, so order accordingly. Order online for takeout.

5150 Buford Hwy NE A-100
Doraville, GA 30340

10. Tan-Cha

5677 Buford Hwy NE Suite 101, Doraville, GA 30340

Compared to boba shops with sprawling lists of toppings and flavors, Tan-Cha’s menu might seem limited. A more accurate word might be “curated.” Located in Doraville, the Los Angeles-based chain is known for its fresh fruit teas and its brulee milk tea, best enjoyed with an inch and a half of sweet foam on top. Said foam comes in three flavors: matcha foam; tiramisu puff cream; and cheese foam (a cream cheese-based foam that gives the drink a cheesecake edge.)

5677 Buford Hwy NE Suite 101
Doraville, GA 30340

11. Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

5705 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Named for founder Kei Tzu-kai’s grandmother, Yi Fang prides itself on freshness and authenticity in a flavor born on Tzu-kai’s family pineapple farm in Taiwan. If ordering one thing here, get the Yi Fang fruit tea, a jade tea made with golden pineapples, passion fruit, and slices of apples and oranges. Order online.

5705 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

12. Bubbly Boba

11500 Webb Bridge Way Suite 1-B, Alpharetta, GA 30005

Sustainability is central to Bubbly Boba in Alpharetta, offering fair-trade tea and vegan milk. In addition to traditional tapioca, the shop also offers a soft tapioca boba, “for those of us who don’t like chewy,” the menu reads. Order online.

11500 Webb Bridge Way Suite 1-B
Alpharetta, GA 30005

13. TIGER SUGAR

United States, Georgia, Duluth, Pleasant Hill Rd, #101

A more recent addition to Atlanta’s boba scene, Tiger Sugar offers a limited selection of drinks sweetened with cream mousse and the shop’s signature brown sugar that streaks down the side of the cup like tiger stripes. The staff at Tiger Sugar advises people to shake the drink 15 times to fully incorporate the sugar. As part of a recent summer menu, the Taiwan-based boba chain served a tiger mango sago in limited daily quantities.

United States, Georgia, Duluth
Pleasant Hill Rd, #101

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