Top 5 Boba Spots in Irvine

March 27, 2018

These days, beverages are more than flavorful – they’re also fun!  Meet boba, also known as “bubble tea,” a Taiwanese beverage made by combining tea, milk and a variety of flavor options. Boba gets its “bubbles” from the addition of deliciously chewy tapioca balls and fruit jellies that are gulped up through a giant straw, making for a truly one-of-kind experience.  Tasty and fun to eat, boba is quickly becoming the preferred beverage of Southern California foodies, and many come to Irvine for its extensive menu of boba options. From bright and refreshing to sweet and comforting, boba in Irvine comes in all sorts of flavors, colors and textures, so, if you’re feeling adventurous, check out our list of top boba spots in Irvine.


To kick-off our list, we’re starting with one of Irvine’s most popular boba destinations – Lollicup in Diamond Jamboree! This global boba brand has been pouring cups of bubble tea for nearly two decades, so they know a thing or two about great boba. Fruity, creamy, spiced – Lollicup’s menu is practically overflowing with vibrant flavors that are pleasing to the eyes and the taste buds. Popular options include Thai tea, milk tea and taro milk tea, which is a purple-hued drink derived from taro root. Guests also have the ability to combine their favorite teas with a variety of textured add-ons, like honey boba, red bean and aloe jelly. To make things even sweeter, Lollicup frequently hosts sales and promotions, so be sure to follow them on social to save big on your next purchase.

2700 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 679-8885


For a boba drink unlike any other, visit BAMBU Irvine! BAMBU specializes in all kinds of drinks, including Chè, a sweet Vietnamese beverage that is so thick, it could be classified as a pudding. Mixing fresh fruit, jellies, condensed milk, boba and other colorful ingredients, Chè opens up a world of flavor and textures, and it will definitely become a new favorite. In addition, BAMBU also blends up fruit smoothies, juices and, of course, an array of milk teas. To enhance your tea, feel free to incorporate additional ingredients, like lychee, mango, raspberry and strawberry fruit bits, aloe vera, pandan jelly and basil seeds. For even more deliciousness, be sure to indulge in something from BAMBU’s snack menu, like their pandan waffle, macaron ice cream and mochi ice cream.  

14775 Jeffrey Rd
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 232-1145


Tastea Irvine opened its doors in early 2018 and, already, crowds are lining up to try its colorfully hued boba drinks. This vibrant and playful boba spot has become a favorite among students, young professionals and local foodies who share a passion for boba and excellent food. That’s right, Tastea not only has tasty drinks, they are also known for their seasoned fries and zesty popcorn chicken, which can vary from mild to super spicy! If you’re ordering something savory, you’re going to want to hydrate with a cup of their Peach Me Sweetea or Almond Milk Tea, which are both fan favorites. To ensure every customer has access to the highest quality tea on the market, Tastea makes that extra effort to source tea leaves from fair-trade, organic farms. If you like what you taste at Tastea, be sure to pick up a Partea Jug, so you never run out of your favorite tea.  

3972 Barranca Pkwy Ste K
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 396-6283

Snow Monster

Boba takes on a creative twist at Snow Monster in University Center, where vibrant drinks are known for their equally vibrant presentation. Snow Monster boasts an array of dessert drinks, like house made horchata and colorful lemonades, that can be enhanced with “Flower Crown” and “Rainbow Cloud” add-ons, which are just as fun as they sound. Selecting the Flower Crown upgrade instantly ups your drink’s wow-factor by adorning the beverage with a reusable flower crown and adding warm boba. The Rainbow Cloud upgrade enhances drinks with boba, spun-to-order cotton candy and Fruity Pebbles. Looking at the cold drinks menu, you can only imagine the amazing possibilities – Coconut Almond Milk Thai Tea, Honey Milk Tea, Thai Street Coffee, the list goes on. So, if you want to express your creative side while enjoying some truly artistic boba, be sure to make a trip to Snow Monster.

4255 Campus Dr Ste A124
Irvine, CA 92612
(714) 582-6023

7 Leaves Café

If you think boba can’t pack a punch, think again! 7 Leaves Café is shaking up the boba world with its revitalizing boba flavors that will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day! Known for its iced matcha tea, Vietnamese iced coffee and iced house coffee, 7 Leaves Café  offers that perfect pick-me-up with the added fun of boba bubbles. Plus, 7 Leaves is known for its super-fast service, so it’s the perfect pitstop for those in need of a quick caffeine fix. Herbal tea fans will also find something satisfying on the 7 Leaves menu, with refreshing flavors like strawberry-hibiscus and the luscious Sea Cream Jasmine Tea topped with whipped cream. Those in the mood for something truly unique should go for 7 Leaves’ Mung Bean Milk Tea, another popular choice brewed with loose-leaf green tea, pandan leaves and real mung beans.

14845 Jeffrey Rd
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 536-5380

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