Coming up with a list of tea shops made me realize that Cebu really went through a milk tea craze. As early as a few years ago, there weren’t many options available. It’s unbelievable how fast they grew in number. They are sprouting everywhere!
You can find at least one tea shop inside every mall – making them as prolific as coffee shops. For sure, I’m going forget a few good ones. Help out the other readers and share your favorite shop in the comments.
Bubble Bea Tea House was possibly the first tea shop in Cebu (the one across Cebu Doctor’s University, North Reclamation Area). Not only can you get milk tea, but you can also get really good hot teas. It’s a rarity in most tea shops. My personal favorite is their Coffee Milk Tea. The perfect choice if you don’t want to fall asleep while reading or studying.
Must try: Coffee Milk Tea, Cantalaoupe Milk Tea with Lychee and Coconut Jelly
TSI Bldg., Ouano Ave., North Reclamation Area
Skyrise 3 IT Park
A personal favorite because Moonleaf really does offer a true freshly brewed tea. I can really taste the difference. Perhaps the no machine preparation helps keep the tea taste authentic. It shouldn’t be overlooked that all their locations happen to be near schools. Very convenient for students.
Must try: Wintermelon Milk Tea; Taro Milk Tea
CEBU – USCTC 813 Nasipit Talamban, Cebu City
CEBU-USC Ground Flr., Elipe B-house, Pelaez Extension Sta. Cruz, Cebu City (near University of San Carlos MAIN)
CEBU – VELEZ GF door #4 Ranudo Bldg. V. Ranudo St., Cebu City
Serenitea was among the very first tea places in the country. Their first branch was in Manila, but they now have 20+ outlets all over the Philippines. They have one of the best spots in the city – Calyx Centre, IT Park. Expect two things when you stop by: serene ambience and really good tea.
Must try: Okinawa Milk tea, Wintermelon Milk tea
Location: Podium level, Calyx Centre, Cebu IT Park, Salinas Drive Lahug Cebu City 6000
Not just known for their teas, Bon Appetea also has wicked waffles! It’s wickedly good (obviously)! As of this writing, I saw that they started offering Iced Tea Coffee Blends. It’s not available on all branches yet but watch out for that one. They have spots in Lahug and nearby Simply J’s.
Must try: Yakult Teas
JD Palma Building, Arch Reyes Corner Apitong Lahug
10 Apitong Street, Cebu City
If you are looking for a good tea place with numerous outlets, free wi-fi and ergonomic seats, Tea and Symphony is for you. Not all the tea places mentioned are as comfortable as a typical coffee shop. This one is as close as it gets. My personal favorite is their Strawberry Black Tea. They serve both Milk and Fruit Teas.
Must Try: Tea and Symphony Milk Tea
Location: University of Cebu – Banilad, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City
Cobo won my heart with their branding of Awesome Possibiliteas! How can you not love such positive and powerful words? Their branch in J Centre also happens to be one of the most colorful tea spots in Cebu. There are a lot of other selections at Cobo aside from authentic tasting milk teas. You can order Dimsum, Taiwanese chicken and my favorite, Snow Ice.
Must try: Snow Ice, Cobo Milk Tea, Cobo Taro Milk Tea
J Centre Mall
SM Cebu (Near Cinema Area)
Did you know that Chatime are the largest milk tea brand in the world? Of course, that means having prime spots all over Cebu. A favorite hangout spot for students, the IT Park branch is bursting with violet and pink. Personal favorites are the Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea.
Must try: Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea
Cebu IT Park Ebloc 2
SM City Cebu
Ayala Center Cebu
Here’s a little tip for Bubble Tea Station, order anything from the rock salt and cheese section. Don’t stop there. Tell them not to place the plastic on top of the glass. So you can sip it from the top. That way you can taste the rock salt and cheese as you drink. You won’t regret it.
Must try: Any of the rock salt and cheese beverages
Banilad Town Centre
Paseo Arcenas Banawa
Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
Century Plaza Commercial Complex, Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City