Explore the lip smacking world of Bubble Tea in Doha
By : Fazmina Samat
Bubble Tea, also known as Boba Tea, is a fun drink that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. It's a mix of iced tea and sweetened tapioca pearls. The idea came about when someone combined tea with a traditional dessert, and it turned out to be a hit! Since then, it's spread worldwide and has many variations. It's sweet, can be milky or fruity, and has chewy pearls in different flavours like mango, strawberry, and more.
As for where to try it, you'll find Bubble Tea in various cafes and shops around Doha. If you're new to it, there are three top tea shops worth checking out!
Go-Ssip Bubble Milk Tea
Go-Ssip, a well-loved independent Bubble Tea spot in Doha, has been growing steadily in popularity since it started three years ago. Now, they have six outlets around the city, including kiosks at Monoprix supermarkets and cafes at various malls. You can spot them easily with their cute Bubble Tea models, smiling logos on cups, and plushies in their venues.
Their menu is packed with delicious choices like Brown Sugar Milk Tea, Taro Milk Tea, Thai Milk Tea, Oreo Milk Tea, and more. Some of their top picks are the Taiwanese Brown Sugar Milk Tea with tapioca pearls, konjac, and cream cheese foam topping, as well as the indulgent Oreo Bubble Milk Tea with Custard Cream.
At Go-Ssip, you can customize your drink by adding toppings, choosing milk alternatives like soya, and adjusting the sugar level. They even serve crispy crepes at their cafes.
Locations : Al Mansoura, Al Mansoura Street
City Centre Mall - Ground Floor
Place Vendome Mall, Lusail
Doha Festival City
Msheireb Galleria, Downtown Msheireb
Iconic 2022, Al Waab
Operating Hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 10 am – 11 pm | Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 11:30 pm
Contact: +974 7035 1100
Tabi Boba Bubble Tea
Tabi Boba, another popular Bubble Tea brand in Doha, has eight stores across the city. They've got six kiosks in places like the city centre, Msheireb, Katara, The Pearl, Al Wakrah, and Umm Salal, and two cafes in Al Sadd and Al Mansoura. They serve Onezo tea, made from imported Taiwanese ingredients, offering sixteen flavours.
Their kiosks are more of a grab-and-go style, but the cafes are where the fun happens! You can sip your Bubble Tea while enjoying karaoke or playing darts. The karaoke rooms fit groups of up to five, and if you buy four drinks, you get an hour of karaoke. And if you're done singing, they've got game rooms with Darts Live for some electronic dart action against people worldwide. The menu at Tabi Boba is vast! They've got an Original Bubble Tea Selection with teas like Assam, Jasmine, Earl Grey, and fruit flavours. Then there's the Milk Bubble Tea Selection with authentic Taiwanese Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Milk Tea, and more. They also offer vegan options with soy, almond, and oat milk. Toppings range from pearls in different flavours to milk foam and cheese foam. Some top picks from their menu are Crystal Lemon Tea, Saffron Tea Latte, Honey Taro Bubble Tea, and Date Milkshake—deliciously fresh and creamy options!
Locations : Tabiboba Shoumoukh Towers – Al Sadd
Tabiboba - Abu Hamour
Tabiboba Tasty Street – Katara
Tabiboba Doha Festival City – Food Court
Tabiboba City Centre - City Centre Mall
Tabiboba Ezdan Mall - Ezdan Mzdan Mall
Tabiboba Medina Centrale – Marbella Street, The Pearl
Tabiboba Msheireb – Msheireb Metro Station
Operating times: 10 am to 10 pm, weekdays | 10 am to 11 pm - 2 am, weekends
Tiger Sugar Qatar is a newcomer to Doha's Bubble Tea scene, since its arrival in 2022. Despite being new in town, this café is part of a chain that started in Taiwan in 2017 and quickly gained global popularity. The original drink that made them famous, the Black Sugar Bubble Tea, is still a highlight on their menu. It's made with caramelized sugar, fresh cream, iced tea, and black tapioca pearls, boasting those famous tiger stripes of caramel inside each cup. They take pride in an 8-hour cooking process for their sugar syrup and pearls, giving their drinks a unique toasty, nutty flavour.
Situated in Downtown Msheireb, the café might be small but fits in perfectly with modern décor and a cool vibe. You can try variations of the original drink like coffee flavours, jellies instead of pearls, or milk instead of cream from the Black Sugar Series. They've got other series too, like the Tiger Cheese Mousse, Tea Latte, and Taro Series, offering Bubble Tea made with Taro milk. Our top picks from their menu include the original Black Sugar, Black Tea Latte with cream mousse, and the Black Sugar Café Latte with coffee jelly and cream mousse – all incredibly delicious.
Locations : Msheireb Downtown
Operating times : Saturday - Thursday 11:30 am - 12 am | Friday 1 pm - 12 am
FlaminGo restaurant in Qatar offers a fantastic range of bubble teas on their menu. You can savor creamy milk teas like Black Sugar Milk Tea and Thai Milk Tea, known for their delicious flavours and surprise boba pearls. You'll find FlaminGo outlets in the Al Muthanna Complex on Salwa Road in Doha, as well as in Pearl Qatar and New Salata, Qatar. If you're around Lusail City, the FlaminGo cafe is another spot to enjoy these delightful bubble teas. Besides these tantalizing drinks, the restaurant is known for its mix of Japanese, Filipino, and Seafood dishes. They've got great all-day breakfast options and unique specialities like Classic Halo-Halo and Puto Bumbong Overload.
Locations : Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road
Place Vendome Mall - Food Court
Operating times : Sunday - Thursday 10 am - 1 am | Friday & Saturday 7 am - 1 am
Instagram : @flamingoqatar
Facebook : FlaminGo
Xuan Tea is a hit spot in Qatar, known for its Taiwanese bubble tea and tasty treats. With a solid 4.3-star rating from 66 reviews, it's clear they've won people over. Their menu's full of bubble tea choices, from classic milk tea with boba to cool picks like 'Turtle Island' with matcha and Himalayan sea salt milk foam. What's great is they offer no-contact delivery, takeout, and dine-in options, catering to everyone's preferences. Plus, it's not just about drinks – Xuan Tea provides a cosy spot to chill, with dim lighting and even a karaoke area upstairs. Customers love the welcoming vibe, showing how Xuan Tea goes the extra mile to make sure bubble tea lovers have a blast.
Location : Ibn Mahmoud St, Doha
Operating times : 10.30 am - 4.30 am
Instagram : xuan_tea
Facebook : Xuan Tea
Hot Shot Cafe
Hot Shot Cafe and Restaurant in Doha is a well-known spot loved for its lively vibe, great service, and delicious food. People rave about their diverse menu, especially their awesome range of bubble teas such as Dirty Brown Sugar variations and Milk Tea with Cream Cheese varieties. These teas add a fun and refreshing twist to their offerings, suiting all sorts of tastes. Whether you're into their tasty bubble teas, mouthwatering dishes, or just love the lively atmosphere, Hot Shot Cafe and Restaurant guarantees a memorable and enjoyable time for everyone who walks in.
Location : Airport St, Doha
Operating times : Open 24 hours
Instagram : hotshotcafe_restaurant
Facebook: Hotshot Cafe
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