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Raleigh's 3 favorite spots for cheap bubble tea

Need more bubble tea in your life?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bubble tea hot spots in Raleigh, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're on the hunt.

1. Anise Pho

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Topping the list is Anise Pho. Located at 222 Glenwood Ave., Suite 113 in Glenwood South, the Vietnamese spot, which offers bubble tea and more, is the highest-rated affordable bubble tea spot in Raleigh, boasting 4.5 stars out of 137 reviews on Yelp. The spot's bubble teas include passion fruit, matcha green tea, strawberry and mango, to name just a few.

If you're hungry for more, we found these details about Anise Pho on Yelp.

"Once upon a time (2018), Anise Pho opened its door in the heart of Downtown Raleigh that serves delicious, wholesome and authentic Vietnamese cuisine," per the bio section of its Yelp profile. 

As to what the business is known for, "We specialize in Vietnamese cuisine," it states on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "Vietnamese food is not only delicious but also very good for your health. A lot of Vietnamese dishes like pho, vermicelli spring rolls and rice platters are gluten-free, dairy free or vegan friendly."

2. Budacai

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Next up is Central's Budacai, situated at 120 E. Martin St. With four stars out of 97 reviews on Yelp, the Asian fusion spot, which offers bubble tea, coffee and tea, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option. Expect flavors like brown sugar milk tea, Thai tea milk and pina bobada tea. 

Yelper Sree P., who reviewed Budacai on Nov. 9, wrote, "We got the rose-flavored milk cap tea, and it tasted delicious; it is probably one of the best milk teas we have tried in and around Raleigh."

Yelper Kat G. wrote, "I tried the mango tea with boba and veggie rolls. I enjoyed both items."

3. Cha House

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Wade's Cha House, located at 3001 Hillsborough St., Suite 108, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Taiwanese spot, which offers bubble tea, coffee and tea, 4.5 stars out of 22 reviews. Look for the taro matcha latte and lychee green fruit tea with lychee jelly as standout bubble tea flavors.

Want to know more?

"Yoga teacher to tea shop owner," the business says on Yelp in the bio section of its profile. "Chrissy is a woman with an amazing talent to find passion for all that she does, whether it’s meditating, designing a zen space to gather for tea or crafting the perfect tea for that space."

As to what the business is known for, "authentic, artisanal and made to order craft-brewed teas," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "Our signature drinks and true Taiwanese street food are as awesome as our staff."


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