Craving bubble tea?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bubble tea hot spots in Berkeley, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs.
1. Asha Tea House
Topping the list is Asha Tea House. Located at 2086 University Ave. (between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue) in Downtown Berkeley, the tea room, which offers coffee, tea, bubble tea and more, is the most popular low-priced bubble tea spot in Berkeley, boasting four stars out of 1,341 reviews on Yelp.
According to the website, the tea spot sources its teas directly from growers in Taiwan, Japan, China and India. Asha Tea House also makes its own condensed milk from scratch and uses real cane sugar for its simple syrup recipes.
2. U Cha
Next up is U Cha, situated at 2199 Bancroft Way. With four stars out of 664 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score bubble tea and shaved ice has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option.
On the menu, you'll find milk teas, green teas, taro shaved ice, coffee tea lattes, lychee yakult and more. When it comes to food, look for spicy mayo and seaweed fries and takoyaki.
3. Rare Tea
Rare Tea, located at 2440 Bancroft Way (between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced spot to score bubble tea and coffee four stars out of 542 reviews.
The menu features tea choices like Oreo milk tea, matcha milk tea, mango green tea creama and aloe vera fruit tea. There's also crepes with flavors like chicken curry, beef stew, roasted duck and cumin lamb.
4. Happy Lemon
Happy Lemon, a spot to score bubble tea, juices and smoothies in Downtown Berkeley, is another inexpensive go-to, with four stars out of 262 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2106 Shattuck Ave. to see for yourself.
Expect to find unique drinks on the menu like green tea with salted cheese, freshly squeezed lemon black tea, banana matcha and jasmine yellow slushy.