The 15 Absolute Best Boba Shops in Houston

Houston Chronicle

Three Houston Chronicle journalists visited dozens of bubble tea spots to find the must-try ones in the city.

Three boba tea drinks beside each other. Boba drink being poured from one cup to another.
Interior of Gong Cha establishment. Man with glass standing in front of a white board with drawings of a tea kettle and tea plants drawn in chalk.
Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd C 318, Houston, TX 77036
What to order: oolong tea with milk foam, Earl Grey milk tea with 3 J’s
Gong Cha is an international chain, but its consistency and quality are hard to beat. The Asiatown location is filled with chattering families even on weekday afternoons because the boba pearls are among the best in town, boasting a perfect bounce and Q-ness that leaves your teeth wanting more. Gong Cha’s tea leaves are well roasted, infusing the drink with a strong floral flavor. For those who want to go beyond the classic, try the milk foam, a salted cream with just a sprinkle of matcha powder, over oolong tea. Or opt for the Earl Grey milk tea with 3 J’s, a drink that resembles Vietnamese chè with tapioca pearls, egg pudding and herbal grass jelly layered throughout.
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