Eat & Drink

5 boba tea houses for a balmy summer’s day

Boba, or bubble tea for the uninitiated, is wickedly sensational on a hot summer’s day – especially if you’re one to add-on the ice. Some will also argue that it is even better than ice cream.

But what exactly is boba?

Quite simply, boba is a transliteration of the word bubble, which describes the ‘pearls’ made from tapioca, in this tea-based drink. It can be enjoyed as a sweet or sometimes sweet and savoury drink. Most boba tea shops offer a pick-n-mix menu, where you can craft and create your own boba concoction. You can choose from a variety of base tea (a no-frills black tea with or without milk) or fruit juices, toppings, and the quintessential boba (pearls).

If you’re wanting to treat yourself to this superb summertime drink, here are some of our favourite picks in the city.


69-71 Grote Street Adelaide

Rundle Place Lower Ground Floor Kiosk LG19

T14 North Adelaide Village 67 O’Connell Street

Fun Tea

6-10 York St Rundle Mall

Shop 3 31-39 Gouger Street

Gong Cha

Moonta Street, Adelaide (Chinatown)

6 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

15 Charles Street Adelaide


36A Gouger Street Adelaide

79 Grote Street Adelaide

12 Rundle Mall Adelaide

BIT Beverages

Adelaide Railway Station Ramp, 15 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000