Guide: DMV Boba Tea Shops You Need To Try Next

Quite a few bubble tea shops have popped in the DMV, and I noticed that some guides haven’t been updated and don’t always include recommendations. There’s nothing like finding new ones to try in the area, and it’s been fun to work on such a focused project. This guide doesn’t include all bubble tea shops (yet), so it will be updated as I visit more shops. The ones on this list are ones that I have tried and enjoyed. I hope you find a new shop to visit!

D.C.

BeauTea

BeauTea is nestled in Georgetown across from Georgetown Parking and near Sweetgreen. They have fruit tea, milk tea, yogurt drinks, blended drinks, classic tea, and seasonal flavors like the Lychee Virgin Mojito. Toppings include Lychee Jelly, Popping Mango boba, and cheese foam. It’s easily one of the busiest shops I’ve been to on this list, but they make the drinks fairly quickly. It’s a narrow shop, so it really doesn’t have the space for a long line.

My rec: Iced Passion Fruit Green Tea with Brown Sugar boba pearls (pictured below)

A hand holding a cup of iced passion fruit green tea from BeauTea, a bubble tea shop in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Iced Passion Fruit Green Tea from BeauTea

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20007

beauteadc.com

Instagram: beauteadc

Maryland

August 32

When I found out that there was a bubble tea shop in Beltway Plaza Mall, I made it a point to check it out. August 32 sells fruit tea, milk tea, milk foam fresh fruit tea, and smoothies. Their flavors include the Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie, Oolong Milk Tea, and Rose Green Tea. August 32 also sells tea-related products.

My rec: Grapefruit Green Tea Smoothie (left)

Read my review about August 32 here.

Two cups of bubble tea sitting on a table. The tea is from August 32, which is a bubble tea shop in Greenbelt, Maryland.
August 32’s Grapefruit Green Tea Smoothie (left) and “Night Sky” Milk Tea (right)

6000 Greenbelt Rd unit 102A, Greenbelt, MD 20770 (inside of Beltway Plaza Mall)

places.singleplatform.com/august-32-tea/menu

Instagram: aug32greenbelt

AunTea Boba

AunTea Boba has a great mix of classic and unique flavors, like the Taro Milk Tea and the Cereal Milk Teas pictured below. They share a list of “AunTea’s Faves,” which can be helpful in narrowing down what you want. They offer traditional teas, milk teas (topped with milk foam or just milk), slushes, and smoothies. As for toppings, you can choose from the categories of boba, cream foam, popping boba, and jellies.

My rec: the Cereal Milk Tea (left)

Read my review about AunTea Boba here.

Two cereal milk teas and one taro milk tea from AunTea Boba in Lanham, Maryland
Two cereal milk teas and one taro milk tea from AunTea Boba

9448 Lanham Severn Road, Lanham, MD 20706 (inside of Supreme Barbecue)

742 Cady Dr., Fort Washington, MD 20744 (inside of Gigi’s Kitchen)

2 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 (inside of Supreme Barbecue)

aunteaboba.com

Instagram: aunteaboba

Bubbles&Tea

Bubbles&Tea is one of my favorite spots from my earlier days of drinking bubble tea. It’s located in Rockville where many bubble tea shops are located. They offer milk teas, lattes, milk foam drinks, classic teas, fruit teas, slushes, yogurt drinks, and specialty drinks. Their flavors include popular ones like Taro Milk Tea and Lychee Oolong Tea. Their not-so-common (in my travels) flavors include Pear Black Tea and Irish Cream Milk Tea.

My rec: Rose latte with classic bubbles (pictured)

Read my review about Bubbles&Tea here.

A hand holding a bubble tea drink from Bubbles&Tea, which is a shop located in Rockville, Maryland. The drink is called Rose Latte.
Bubbles&Tea’s Rose Latte with classic bubbles

1319B Rockville Pike, B, Rockville, MD 20852

bubblesandtea.shop

Instagram: bubblesandtea.rockville

Ding Tea

Ding Tea is a Taiwanese bubble tea shop that focuses on fresh tea by being selective about tea selection and flavor. They offer flavored tea, milk tea, slushes, coffee, fruit juice, yakult and yogurt drinks, lattes, and hot drinks. The flavors range from Honey Milk Tea to the Taro Slush. I’m sure there’s something here for everyone.

My rec: Blueberry milk tea with apple star fruit jelly; Lychee milk tea

Read my review about Ding Tea here.

A hand holding blueberry milk tea from Ding Tea, which is a bubble tea shop in Rockville, Maryland
Blueberry milk tea with apple star fruit jelly

785 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

dingtea.com

Instagram: dingtearockville

Gong cha

Gong cha is the bubble tea shop that I frequent the most, especially since there are quite a few in the area. If you love a ton of options, this is the shop for you. They have fruit tea, milk tea, smoothies, slushes, tea lattes, sparkling teas, and coffee. I love that they regularly add limited drink series to their menu.

My rec: the Dirty Brown Sugar Latte with boba pearls and/or red beans; Purple Sweet Potato Milk Tea

Read my review about Gong cha here.

A hand holding a drink called Dirty Brown Sugar Latte with boba pearls at the bottom. This drink is from Gong cha, a bubble tea shop in the D.C. Metro Area.
Dirty Brown Sugar Latte with boba pearls and red bean

The Spot: 255 N Washington St, Rockville, MD 20850. Check their website to find out more about their D.C., Virginia, other Maryland locations.

gongchausa.com

Kokee Tea

Kokee Tea is a shop that I think has a solid list of drinks. Their menu includes signature drinks, milk tea, cold cloud drinks, and ice blended drinks. Kokee Tea makes their hand-crafted drinks with natural ingredients and uses all-natural golden cane sugar.

My recs: Dragon & Rose Signature Tea; Sweet Cloud Cold Brew; Orange Sangria (may be seasonal)

A hand holding a boba tea drink called "Dragon & Rose." The drink is from Kokee Tea, which is a boba tea shop franchise in the United States.
Kokee Tea’s Dragon & Rose boba tea

11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902

kokeetea.com

Instagram: kokeetea

Manila Mart & Cafe

Manila Mart & Cafe is a family-owned that sells bubble tea, desserts, Filipino cuisine, and grocery products. Their menu is limited but has some great options: a few milk teas, a couple iced teas, and a couple of shakes.

My rec: Thai Iced Tea with coconut jelly

Read my review about Manila Mart here.

A hand holding a Thai Iced Tea from Manila Mart and Cafe, a shop in Beltsville, Maryland.
Thai Iced Tea with coconut jelly from Manila Mart

5023 Garrett Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705

manilamart.com

Instagram: manilamart

SmoothieFRESH & Bubble Tea

SmoothieFRESH & Bubble Tea is located in Bites Food Hall in Langley Park, MD. I went for the bubble tea, but they also offer smoothies. Their bubble tea menu is limited and includes popular milk and fruity flavors like Taro and Mango. They recently updated their menu to include interesting flavors like Passion Fruit Lemon and Chili Mango. You can add boba pearls, lychee/nata jelly, mango boba pearls, and more.

My rec: Thai Tea with boba pearls

A large cup of bubble tea sitting on the counter at SmoothieFRESH & Bubble Tea, a bubble tea shop in Langley Park, Maryland
SmoothieFRESH & Bubble Tea’s Thai Tea with boba pearls

8046 New Hampshire Ave, Langley Park, MD 20783 (inside of Bites Food Court)

bitesdmv.com/smoothiefresh-bubble-tea/

Instagram: bitesdmv

T-swirl Crêpe

T-swirl Crêpe is known for their crepes, but their teas deserve some shine, too! They have tea lattes, slushes, fruit tea, and milk teas with toppings like boba pearls, herbal jelly, and cheese milk foam. Flavors include the Fresh Grape Tea, the Matcha Green Tea Pearl Latte, and Thai Milk Tea.

My rec: Grapefruit tea with boba pearls (seasonal)

Read my review about T-swirl Crêpe here.

A grapefruit tea sitting on a table in a cafe. The drink is from T-swirl Crepe, a dessert shop in Rockville, Maryland
T-swirl Crêpe’s seasonal Grapefruit Tea with boba pearls

313 N Washington St, Rockville, MD 20850

t-swirlcrepe.com

Instagram: tswirlcreperockville

Tiger Sugar

Tiger Sugar is a very popular bubble tea shop chain that has opened shops in the DMV within the past year or so. Their drinks aren’t customizable, but they do offer many types of drinks. Their drink types include signature, classic teas, brown sugar drinks, coffee, jelly, coffee lattes, pudding, mochi, red bean, taro, and taro pudding.

My rec: Brown Sugar Boba + Pearl Milk with Cream Mousse

*Note: I have done ads for TS in the past, which doesn’t affect my opinion. I’ve since gone back and bought it with my own money.

A cup of iced Golden Oolong Tea from Tiger Sugar. Tiger Sugar is a popular bubble tea shop in the United States.
Tiger Sugar’s iced Golden Oolong Tea

12266 Rockville Pike Unit E, Rockville, MD 20852

Instagram: tigersugar.rockville

YiFang

YiFang is a shop known for its Taiwan fruit tea. They also have classic teas, flavored teas, tea lattes, milk teas, brown sugar pearl drinks, traditional teas, salty cream-topped teas, and specialty/series drinks. They’ve had drink series like coconut and cheese foam.

My recs: Passionfruit Tea; Fresh Taro Milk Tea

*Note: I was gifted this tea, which did not sway my review.

Read my review about YiFang’s Rockville location here.

A hand holding a cup of Passionfruit Tea from YiFang, an bubble tea shop in Rockville, Maryland
YiFang’s Passion Fruit Tea

777 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

YiFang Rockville’s Menu

IG: yifangdmv

Virginia

Bambu

Bambu is another favorite shop from my earlier days of loving bubble tea. They have classic tea, milk tea, real fruit tea, basil seed tea, blended tea, sea salt teas, and robust Vietnamese coffee. Their toppings include egg pudding, sea salt foam, and lychee jellies. You can also choose your sweetness level: standard, 75%, 50%, 25%, or 0%.

My rec: Passion fruit milk tea with crystal boba

A hand holding Passion Fruit Milk Tea from Bambu, which is a bubble tea shop in Annandale, Virginia.
Passion Fruit Milk Tea with crystal boba from Bambu

4220-B, Annandale Rd, Annandale, VA 22003

drinkbambu.com

Ben Gong’s Tea

If you love having a lot of options and interesting flavors, Ben Gong’s Tea is the place for you. They offer fresh fruit tea, tea cube milk tea and fruit tea, cheese tea and smoothies, milk tea, sparkling lemon tea, traditional teas, yakult drinks, and coffee.

My rec: Mango Pomelo Sago (may be listed as Mango Pomelo Tea); Black Rice & Taro milk tea

A hand holding a drink from Ben Gong's Tea, which is a bubble tea shop with locations in Maryland and Virginia. This drink is called "Mango Pomelo Sago."
Mango Pomelo Sago from Ben Gong’s Tea

4235 John Marr Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

bengongsteausa.com

Instagram: bengongstea.centreville

Fortune Cha

Fortune Cha has a bunch of options for each type of drink they offer: iced tea, fruit tea, milk tea, coffee, sparkling ades, slushes, smoothies, and signature drinks. Some flavors that I don’t see often that they have are Blueberry Fruit Tea, Mango Milk Tea, and Watermelon Slush. The toppings include classic boba pearls, mango popping boba, and strawberry heart jelly. If you love to have plenty of options, Fortune Cha is the boba tea shop for you.

My rec: Da-bang Coffee

A hand holding a drink called "Da-bang Coffee" from Fortune Cha, which is a boba tea shop located in Alexandria, Virginia
Fortune Cha’s Da-bang Coffee

6231 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312

fortunecha.com

Instagram: fortunecha.va

Möge Tee

Möge Tee focuses on their tea having the most natural and fresh taste, and they use high quality ingredients to accomplish this.They offer cheese foam tea and fruit tea, fruit tea, milk tea, milk swirl, tofu pudding, uji matcha, fresh fruit yakult, and coffee.

My rec: Mango bubble milk tea

Three mango drinks sitting on the counter. These drinks are from Möge Tee, which is a bubble tea shop chain in the United States. These drinks were bought at their shop at Tysons Corner Mall in Virginia.
Two Cheese Foam Mango Teas and one Fresh Mango from Möge Tee

8051 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102; two other Virginia locations; one D.C. location; one Maryland location

Mr. Wish Tea

If fruit tea is your jam, Mr. Wish is the place for you. They’re known for their natural fruit teas and having so many options. They sell fruit tea, diced fruit tea, milk tea, sparkling teas, and smoothies. I tried the seasonal Sunset Peach and the Apple Fruit Sherbet. Both drinks were flavorful.

Read my review about Mr. Wish Tea here.

My rec: Peach Sunset smoothie (seasonal); Apple Sherbet

A hand holding a drink called Peach Sunset from Mr. Wish, a tea shop in Falls Church, Virginia.
Mr. Wish’s seasonal Peach Sunset smoothie

​VA: 6767 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044; MD: 1615 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

eden.mrwishva.com

Instagram: mrwishedencenter (VA); mrwish_rockville (MD)

Sharetea

Sharetea uses high-quality tea leaves and ingredients shipped from Taiwan to make their drinks. They have fruit tea, milk tea, fresh milk, signature drinks, brewed tea, ice-blended drinks, crema, choco teas, twist slushes, and specialty and seasonal drinks.

My rec: Strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and ice cream

A hand holding an ice blended drink from Sharetea, a bubble tea shop in Fairfax, Virginia.
Sharetea’s Strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and ice cream

Virginia: 11211 F, Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 (There are two other Virginia locations, one in Maryland, and one in D.C.)

shareteafairfax.com

Instagram: shareteafairfax

Until next time.