Restaurant Review: Boba shops offer a variety of bubble tea

Magic Tea, a boba shop located at 1207 Foothill Blvd. in La Verne, offers a plethora of both hot and cold drinks, including milk tea with boba. Magic Tea offers customers a punch card that can be redeemed for a free drink after eight purchases. The store is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. / photo by Drake Ingram
Magic Tea, a boba shop located at 1207 Foothill Blvd. in La Verne, offers a plethora of both hot and cold drinks, including milk tea with boba. Magic Tea offers customers a punch card that can be redeemed for a free drink after eight purchases. The store is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. / photo by Drake Ingram

Yulissa Chavez
Staff Writer

Whether it is a warm and sunny day or a bleak chilly evening in La Verne, the time is always right for a boba drink. With so many great options for boba shops close to the University of La Verne campus, students do not need to go far to find delicious drinks. 

The closest boba shop to the University of La Verne campus is Granny’s Yogurt, located at 2252 D St. This boba is off to a great start by being within a two-minute walk from the Vista La Verne dorms. I tried the Strawberry Milk Tea, which cost $4.95. It had a pleasant mixture of sweetness and creaminess. All of Granny’s Yogurt milk-based drinks are made with non-dairy products, which is a plus for those with a lactose intolerance or plant-based diet.

Other drinks offered at Granny’s Yogurt are fruit slushies, smoothies, thai teas and milk teas. Along with boba, this location has a self-serve frozen yogurt and topping bar to fulfill any sweet cravings.

Students displayed their similar opinions on the convenience and quality of drinks at Granny’s Yogurt.

“Granny’s Yogurt is right across the street from the University, it is easy to get to, has friendly service and I am able to support a small business in my city,” said Araceli Martin, junior biology major. “They have delicious drinks to have after a long day of classes.” 

Another boba shop nearby is Sol Flower which is located at 2320 Foothill Blvd and is a two-minute drive from campus.

Someone recommended strawberry green tea, so I trusted this customer’s recommendation and tried it. It cost $5.50 and was a pretty, vibrant pink color and the taste of strawberry was concentrated and delicious.

“Mostly people come here for special drinks like the pomegranate milk tea because you barely find any drinks like that in other places,” said Cindy Lien, owner of Sol Flower. “Also, our pink seafoam tastes really good and we have different seasonal designs.”

This decorative shop offered a photo-op for customers with a hedge wall and photo props and unique snacks to go along with your beverage, including Brazilian snack cheese and both bread and rice pudding.

Next is Magic Tea, located at 207 Foothill Blvd., a four-minute drive from campus.

The white table and chair sets along with minimalist wall art and plants create an aesthetic interior at this shop and set the scene for the experience I was about to have. When the drink I ordered, the Hawaiian Paradise, priced at $5.19, was handed to me, I was taken aback by the sleek design of the reusable cup with a resealable lid, lemon, and mint leaf garnish, and bright fuchsia color of my beverage. The looks did not deceive as my drink was refreshing and, with the option to customize the sweetness and ice, made to perfection.

Others showed their appreciation for Magic Tea’s craft.

“My go-to drink is a taro milk tea because you don’t find good taro at just any boba place and I think that Magic Tea’s is not super sweet, but also not too bland, overall it’s really good,” said junior biology major Anell Valenzuela.

TeaLove is the final location that I tried and is located at 1457 Foothill Blvd, a five-minute drive from campus.

With over 30 drink options, including milk teas, fruit teas, and spritzers, their Top 10 Recommended menu makes it simple to narrow one’s options and easily spot some customer favorites.

I ordered a lychee fruit tea for $6.06, which was sweet, refreshing and delightful.

“I would recommend looking at their specialty menu that has unique combinations like the Butterfly Lemonade Spritzer and Dragonfly Lemonade,” said junior criminology and psychology major Stephanie Castro.

Yulissa Chavez can be reached at yulissa.chavez@laverne.edu.

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Yulissa Chavez, a junior communications major and sociology minor, is a staff writer for the Campus Times.

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Drake Ingram, a junior criminology major and photography minor, is a staff photographer for the Campus Times.

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