If you've got bubble tea on the brain, you're in luck: we've found the freshest Sacramento cafés to keep you hydrated. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for some bubble tea.
4543 Freeport Blvd., Hollywood Park
i-Tea, recently opened at 4543 Freeport Blvd. in Hollywood Park, is the second Sacramento location for a popular Taiwanese chain widespread in California. The fresh arrival shares a space with its sister karaoke café Star KTV Lounge, as we previously reported.
From the tea offerings, customers can expect a variety of styles, like the Earl Grey milk tea and the passion fruit green tea. The drinks' sweetness levels, toppings and ice levels are customizable. Diners can accompany their tea with snacks like egg puffs and popcorn chicken, or a full meal from Star KTV Lounge.
i-Tea currently holds four stars out of ten reviews on Yelp, indicating a positive reception from patrons.
"They have happy hour from 3PM-6PM and 9PM-12AM, [and] drinks are $2.50 in those time frames!" enthused Yelper Eileen L., who reviewed i-Tea on July 3. "This location doesn't offer the sago drinks (taro, mango, durian etc) quite yet but hopefully [will] in the near future."
"5 stars for happy hour on drinks. Go now before they end the happy hours," Kci M. agreed, but added: "Parking is terrible, the smallest parking lot ever."
i-Tea is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday-Sunday.
900 15th St., Midtown
E Tea, a spot to score bubble tea and more, is now open at 900 15th St. along with its sister teppanyaki restaurant Super Pan, as we previously reported. The Midtown Sacramento location is the first expansion for the San Francisco-based outfit.
The cafe boasts bubble tea in a bottle for customers looking for a convenient grab-and-go drink.
Other selling points on the menu include unusual combinations like the chrysanthemum honey tea with aloe; the salty cheese crema tea with roasted oolong; and the Thai tea with boba and grass jelly. (You can check out the full menu here.)
E Tea currently holds 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews on Yelp, indicating fair reviews.
"E Tea is huge inside and everything is nicely decorated and that deserves thumbs up. Their menu is big with many milk-tea & food choices," wrote Yelper Emmanuel A., who reviewed E Tea on June 4. "The drink was was ready within 2-3 minutes and [I] thought the service was great."
But Yelper Abby S. cautioned, "My cousins and I spent $20 on 5 different drinks, and only one and half came out good."
E Tea is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
3880 Truxel Road, Suite 700
Tea 18 is another popular Taiwanese bubble tea chain that distinguishes itself with brewed-to-order tea drinks, rather than the powder or syrup based drinks of its competitors. Located at 3880 Truxel Road, Suite 700 in Natomas, it also offers cold blended drinks, as we previously reported.
The wide variety of teas on the menu includes offbeat offerings like wintermelon tea with herb jelly, Okinawan brown sugar milk tea, and cheese foam tea as well as more standard fare like pearl milk tea and matcha milk tea.
Customers can adjust the sweetness level and amount of ice in their drinks to taste. The café is currently offering a 10% off discount with a Yelp check-in and a free topping for drinks ordered between 6 and 8 p.m.
Yelp users are excited about Tea 18, which currently holds 4.5 stars out of 107 reviews on the site.
"Cool clean setup. The blue color theme on the walls make the inside pop," wrote Yelper Scott D., who has checked in seven times. "The menu is simple with a good variety of choices, from milk teas, fruit teas, iced, blended, hot, even foam teas."
And Yelper Vicki V. wrote, "This is the new boba place close to my work. I've been there a few times and have enjoyed all my drinks. I often do the milk teas with lychee jelly and they're yummy."
Tea 18 is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.