Austin's 4 top spots to score bubble tea, without breaking the bank

Photo: Teapioca/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 24, 2020.

Looking to sample the best bubble tea around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bubble tea hot spots in Austin, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.

1. Snomo

Photo: SnoMo/Yelp

Topping the list is SnoMo. Located at 11220 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite B275, the spot to score bubble tea, shaved ice and ice cream and frozen yogurt is the highest-rated budget-friendly bubble tea spot in Austin, boasting 4.5 stars out of 480 reviews on Yelp. 

We looked there for more about SnoMo. In May 2014, Taiwanese UT alums, Ming Chen and John Sun, came up with the idea for found their own shop. 

"They were frustrated year after year with the fact that no one sells snow ice in Austin. So they took matters into their own hands and SnoMo was born," according to the history section of the business' Yelp profile.

Known for its award-winning creations, the business' menu features "snow ice, bubble tea, shaved ice, waffles, Asian desserts and snacks," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. 

2. Mango 8

Photo: Christy Z./Yelp

Next is West University's Mango 8, situated at 705 W. 24th St., Suite A. With 4.5 stars out of 268 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score shaved ice, bubble tea and juices and smoothies has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Mango 8.

Open since 2017, this spot is "a fun place to gather with friends and enjoy snow flurry ice and bubble tea drinks," the business notes on its Yelp page. 

3. Kung Fu Tea

Photo: Kung Fu Tea/Yelp

North Shoal Creek's location of the national chain Kung Fu Tea, located at 9070 Research Blvd., Suite 102, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable spot to score bubble tea, coffee and tea and juices and smoothies 4.5 stars out of 232 reviews. 

We looked there for an overview of Kung Fu Tea. The franchise, which was founded in New York City, has over 130 stores across the U.S, Australia, Canada and Vietnam.

Want to know more?

The business specializes in made-to-order tea, milk and fruit-based beverages. "Offers a wide selection of drink toppings including bubbles, beans, jellies & pudding," it notes on Yelp in the specialties section."

4. Teapioca Lounge

Photo: Teapioca Lounge/Yelp

Teapioca Lounge, a spot to score coffee and tea, bubble tea and juices and smoothies, is another low-priced go-to, with four stars out of 523 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1700 W. Parmer Lane, Suite 210 to see for yourself. 

If you're curious for more, we found these details about Teapioca Lounge, which first opened its doors in 2010. 

"Teapioca Lounge is not only a café that provides classic boba teas, but is also a one-of-a-kind eatery that offers quality premium teas, coffees, smoothies, traditional Taiwanese shaved ice and more," it states on Yelp in the specialities section. 

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