clock menu more-arrow no yes
Sunright Tea Studio teas.
Sunright Tea Studio teas.
Kristie Hang/Eater LA

The Ultimate Guide to Boba in the San Gabriel Valley

From mom-and-pop shops to chains with an international footprint

View as Map
Sunright Tea Studio teas.
| Kristie Hang/Eater LA

The San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest number of Asian-Americans in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that it also boasts the highest number of boba shops per capita. From modest shops that sell drinks for little more than $3 to fancy purveyors charging $10 a pop, boba is an essential part of the local community. Here now are the 13 best boba shops in the San Gabriel Valley.

Removed: Unknown Tea House (closed)

Added: Xing Fu Tang, Chicha San Chen, Moo Tea, Tea Brick

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jin Tea Shop

Copy Link
2008, 18 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 219-6040
Visit Website

This tiny upscale shop fits just seven people and is best known for its organic beauty oolong milk tea. Jin uses only organic tea leaves from certified farms in Taiwan that practice responsible farming practices. The shop serves oolong cold brew tea, organic specialty teas, and organic milk tea with toppings like herbal jelly, brown sugar pearls, and tofu pudding. Jin’s boba is kept warm and soaked in brown sugar, which gives drinks a caramel-like taste.

2. The VI Tea

Copy Link
416 E Las Tunas Dr ste e
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 656-6114
Visit Website

This shop’s signature bird’s nest cheese cream osmanthus oolong tea is brewed using premium tea leaves imported from China and topped with flakes of edible gold leaf. The biggest drink is the fresh fruit tea, which is filled to the brim with fresh fruit and requires its own special cup. A large drink at VI Tea can set one back upwards of $10.

3. Half and Half Good Old Time

Copy Link
#E2, 704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 576-8010
Visit Website

Half & Half Good Old Time is a part of the Half & Half chain, but is run like an old-school Taiwanese cafe. The drinks, which contain crushed ice and honey boba, are not fancy but rather nostalgic and good. Drinks including toppings and boba are usually under $5.

4. Neighbors Tea House

Copy Link
4213 Rosemead Blvd h2
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 872-1801
Visit Website

Neighbors is a mom-and-pop tea shop that has classic boba drinks, as well as unconventional options. The smashed avocado and durian smoothie comes with rainbow jelly bits. Additionally, Neighbors is the only tea shop that makes a Thai green tea drink with sea salt that is sweet, creamy, and balanced. The tropical fruit tea is one of the shop’s signature beverages, it comes with an array of fresh fruits and is topped off with aloe vera and chia seeds.

5. Moo Tea

Copy Link
1457 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 782-7198

Ube lovers will love Moo Tea. Moo Tea’s speciality is its purple yam fresh milk with boba. The drink is made with real purple yam blended into a creamy, starchy concoction. The drink has a thick consistency. The texture is similar to a smoothie so don’t forget to mix before drinking. The purple yam drink can be enjoyed by itself or with a cheese foam, pudding, and/or boba topping. Other specialties include the peach tea with yakult foam made with canned fruit bits and the dalgona coffee milk tea.

6. Chicha San Chen

Copy Link
301 W Valley Blvd #116
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 766-1512
Visit Website

Originally from Taichung in Taiwan, the birthplace of boba, Chicha San Chen is the first US branch of the shop. Every drink is freshly brewed to order with a special “Teapresso” machine. The shop only takes online orders. Expect to wait anywhere between 20 to 40 minutes for drinks. Drinks are categorized by mousse, cream, fresh milk, condensed milk, latte, honey, fruit sweeteners (mango, passionfruit), or pure tea. 

Some of the most popular drinks are the dong ding oolong tea with mousse and boba, the cassia black tea with mousse and grass jelly, the high mountain pouchong tea, and the osmanthus oolong with mango. The focus at Chicha San Chen is the tea, but it also has many popular toppings like Konjac jelly, grass jelly, and cheese foam. The boba is soft, warm, and chewy. Also, they use milk from Taiwan, which is creamier than American milk.

7. Twisteas

Copy Link
605 New Ave Suite B
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 888-2716

Twisteas is a small tea shop in Monterey Park that specializes in fruit teas. The popular pineapple mayhem includes pineapple, lychee jelly, and fresh mint leaves muddled into the ice and tea. In addition to the innovative fruit teas, Twisteas also has classic milk teas, mojiteas, and an array of one-of-a-kind creations.

8. One Zo

Copy Link
500 N Atlantic Blvd #168
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 782-7886
Visit Website

Taiwan’s OneZo is known as the world’s first boba tea franchise to make its boba in-house. Every shop makes its honey, caramel, black sesame, and taro boba in small batches multiple times a day. Drinks in the taro series are made with a blend of taro root, purple yam, and milk, while the tiger series uses brown sugar as the main ingredient.

9. Tea Brick

Copy Link
501 W Garvey Ave #105
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 759-3021

Tea Brick’s signature drinks are its fruit teas that contain freshly chopped up fruit pieces in each cup. The tea is strong unlike other tea places that use artificial flavors to cover up lower quality tea. One of the most popular drinks is the Christine, a strawberry, mango, and passion fruit green tea with chopped up mango and strawberry fruit. The Yummee Peachee Lychee is an iced tea infused with peach and lychee flavor and paired with lychee jelly, peach, and lychee bits. Tea Brick is also known for their ever changing seasonal reusable cups that feature cute animal drawings done by a local artist. The cups are a popular collectable item.

10. Sunright Tea Studio

Copy Link
20627 Golden Springs Dr #1R
Diamond Bar, CA 91789
(909) 895-7699
Visit Website

Shake 17 times. Seventeen is the magic number that Sunright claims patrons should shake its drinks for the perfect blend. Sunright has some of the most unique drinks in the SGV. The shop imports its ingredients from Taiwan with the exception of the matcha powder from Japan. The signature Sunright Fruit Tea is made using high-quality oolong tea that is mixed with fresh-squeezed orange juice, passionfruit, and orange and lemon slices. The milk tea is sweetened with house-made brown sugar, just like in Taiwan. The slightly larger than average boba is cooked for 90 minutes in brown sugar to ensure that the boba fully absorbs the flavor.

Every month or so Sunright comes out with new exclusive seasonal flavors that are only available for a limited time. The seasonal grapefruit yakult is a fan favorite with its citrusy blend of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and yakult yogurt served with grapefruit slices. Another addition, Summer Frostie, is a smoothie made with passionfruit and pineapple jam from Taiwan served with cheese foam and jasmine tea jelly.

Sunright Tea Studio teas.
Sunright Tea Studio teas
Kristie Hang

11. Xing Fu Tang

Copy Link
1390 Fullerton Rd #104
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 277-1772

Xing Fu Tang, which translates to “Happiness Realm” in Mandarin, hails from Taiwan and has shops all over the world. Lines are long, but ordering boba is quite the show. The boba is stir fried in brown sugar in a wok in an open kitchen. Staff are constantly rolling out tapioca starch and making boba balls from scratch. All beverages and desserts at Xing Fu Tang are made to order. 

The signature brown sugar boba milk consists of freshly caramelized brown sugar boba made in-house with organic milk, creamy milk foam, and topped with brown sugar that is torched like a crème brulee. Xing Fu Tang serves several other drinks including a dalgona coffee boba milk, strawberry pearl milk tea, a grapefruit green tea, a rose tea with lime, two kinds of soft serve ice cream, and even a boba milk topped with gold foil.

12. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Copy Link
18495 Colima Rd Unit 5
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Taiwanese-based Yifang has stores all over the world and is known for using organic sugar, fresh fruits, and tea leaves from Taiwan. The shop’s signature drink is the brown sugar pearl latte, a milky and creamy drink with warm brown sugar boba on the bottom and a brown sugar swirl on top. Yifang’s fruit tea is made with Taiwanese golden pineapple jam, which gives the tea tartness. Yifang’s drinks tend to be on the sweeter side, so make sure to adjust sweetness levels accordingly. 

13. Tiger Sugar

Copy Link
18330 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Tiger Sugar’s signature drink, the brown sugar boba milk with cream mousse, has just three ingredients — fresh milk, brown sugar syrup, and tapioca balls. The popular drink is known for its “tiger stripes” of sugar syrup that run down the cup. Expect a line during most hours of the day.

Loading comments...

1. Jin Tea Shop

2008, 18 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105

This tiny upscale shop fits just seven people and is best known for its organic beauty oolong milk tea. Jin uses only organic tea leaves from certified farms in Taiwan that practice responsible farming practices. The shop serves oolong cold brew tea, organic specialty teas, and organic milk tea with toppings like herbal jelly, brown sugar pearls, and tofu pudding. Jin’s boba is kept warm and soaked in brown sugar, which gives drinks a caramel-like taste.

2008, 18 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

2. The VI Tea

416 E Las Tunas Dr ste e, San Gabriel, CA 91776

This shop’s signature bird’s nest cheese cream osmanthus oolong tea is brewed using premium tea leaves imported from China and topped with flakes of edible gold leaf. The biggest drink is the fresh fruit tea, which is filled to the brim with fresh fruit and requires its own special cup. A large drink at VI Tea can set one back upwards of $10.

416 E Las Tunas Dr ste e
San Gabriel, CA 91776

3. Half and Half Good Old Time

#E2, 704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Half & Half Good Old Time is a part of the Half & Half chain, but is run like an old-school Taiwanese cafe. The drinks, which contain crushed ice and honey boba, are not fancy but rather nostalgic and good. Drinks including toppings and boba are usually under $5.

#E2, 704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

4. Neighbors Tea House

4213 Rosemead Blvd h2, Rosemead, CA 91770

Neighbors is a mom-and-pop tea shop that has classic boba drinks, as well as unconventional options. The smashed avocado and durian smoothie comes with rainbow jelly bits. Additionally, Neighbors is the only tea shop that makes a Thai green tea drink with sea salt that is sweet, creamy, and balanced. The tropical fruit tea is one of the shop’s signature beverages, it comes with an array of fresh fruits and is topped off with aloe vera and chia seeds.

4213 Rosemead Blvd h2
Rosemead, CA 91770

5. Moo Tea

1457 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Ube lovers will love Moo Tea. Moo Tea’s speciality is its purple yam fresh milk with boba. The drink is made with real purple yam blended into a creamy, starchy concoction. The drink has a thick consistency. The texture is similar to a smoothie so don’t forget to mix before drinking. The purple yam drink can be enjoyed by itself or with a cheese foam, pudding, and/or boba topping. Other specialties include the peach tea with yakult foam made with canned fruit bits and the dalgona coffee milk tea.

1457 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

6. Chicha San Chen

301 W Valley Blvd #116, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Originally from Taichung in Taiwan, the birthplace of boba, Chicha San Chen is the first US branch of the shop. Every drink is freshly brewed to order with a special “Teapresso” machine. The shop only takes online orders. Expect to wait anywhere between 20 to 40 minutes for drinks. Drinks are categorized by mousse, cream, fresh milk, condensed milk, latte, honey, fruit sweeteners (mango, passionfruit), or pure tea. 

Some of the most popular drinks are the dong ding oolong tea with mousse and boba, the cassia black tea with mousse and grass jelly, the high mountain pouchong tea, and the osmanthus oolong with mango. The focus at Chicha San Chen is the tea, but it also has many popular toppings like Konjac jelly, grass jelly, and cheese foam. The boba is soft, warm, and chewy. Also, they use milk from Taiwan, which is creamier than American milk.

301 W Valley Blvd #116
San Gabriel, CA 91776

7. Twisteas

605 New Ave Suite B, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Twisteas is a small tea shop in Monterey Park that specializes in fruit teas. The popular pineapple mayhem includes pineapple, lychee jelly, and fresh mint leaves muddled into the ice and tea. In addition to the innovative fruit teas, Twisteas also has classic milk teas, mojiteas, and an array of one-of-a-kind creations.

605 New Ave Suite B
Monterey Park, CA 91755

8. One Zo

500 N Atlantic Blvd #168, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Taiwan’s OneZo is known as the world’s first boba tea franchise to make its boba in-house. Every shop makes its honey, caramel, black sesame, and taro boba in small batches multiple times a day. Drinks in the taro series are made with a blend of taro root, purple yam, and milk, while the tiger series uses brown sugar as the main ingredient.

500 N Atlantic Blvd #168
Monterey Park, CA 91754

9. Tea Brick

501 W Garvey Ave #105, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Tea Brick’s signature drinks are its fruit teas that contain freshly chopped up fruit pieces in each cup. The tea is strong unlike other tea places that use artificial flavors to cover up lower quality tea. One of the most popular drinks is the Christine, a strawberry, mango, and passion fruit green tea with chopped up mango and strawberry fruit. The Yummee Peachee Lychee is an iced tea infused with peach and lychee flavor and paired with lychee jelly, peach, and lychee bits. Tea Brick is also known for their ever changing seasonal reusable cups that feature cute animal drawings done by a local artist. The cups are a popular collectable item.

501 W Garvey Ave #105
Monterey Park, CA 91754

10. Sunright Tea Studio

20627 Golden Springs Dr #1R, Diamond Bar, CA 91789
Sunright Tea Studio teas.
Sunright Tea Studio teas
Kristie Hang

Shake 17 times. Seventeen is the magic number that Sunright claims patrons should shake its drinks for the perfect blend. Sunright has some of the most unique drinks in the SGV. The shop imports its ingredients from Taiwan with the exception of the matcha powder from Japan. The signature Sunright Fruit Tea is made using high-quality oolong tea that is mixed with fresh-squeezed orange juice, passionfruit, and orange and lemon slices. The milk tea is sweetened with house-made brown sugar, just like in Taiwan. The slightly larger than average boba is cooked for 90 minutes in brown sugar to ensure that the boba fully absorbs the flavor.

Every month or so Sunright comes out with new exclusive seasonal flavors that are only available for a limited time. The seasonal grapefruit yakult is a fan favorite with its citrusy blend of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and yakult yogurt served with grapefruit slices. Another addition, Summer Frostie, is a smoothie made with passionfruit and pineapple jam from Taiwan served with cheese foam and jasmine tea jelly.

20627 Golden Springs Dr #1R
Diamond Bar, CA 91789

11. Xing Fu Tang

1390 Fullerton Rd #104, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Xing Fu Tang, which translates to “Happiness Realm” in Mandarin, hails from Taiwan and has shops all over the world. Lines are long, but ordering boba is quite the show. The boba is stir fried in brown sugar in a wok in an open kitchen. Staff are constantly rolling out tapioca starch and making boba balls from scratch. All beverages and desserts at Xing Fu Tang are made to order. 

The signature brown sugar boba milk consists of freshly caramelized brown sugar boba made in-house with organic milk, creamy milk foam, and topped with brown sugar that is torched like a crème brulee. Xing Fu Tang serves several other drinks including a dalgona coffee boba milk, strawberry pearl milk tea, a grapefruit green tea, a rose tea with lime, two kinds of soft serve ice cream, and even a boba milk topped with gold foil.

1390 Fullerton Rd #104
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

12. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

18495 Colima Rd Unit 5, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Taiwanese-based Yifang has stores all over the world and is known for using organic sugar, fresh fruits, and tea leaves from Taiwan. The shop’s signature drink is the brown sugar pearl latte, a milky and creamy drink with warm brown sugar boba on the bottom and a brown sugar swirl on top. Yifang’s fruit tea is made with Taiwanese golden pineapple jam, which gives the tea tartness. Yifang’s drinks tend to be on the sweeter side, so make sure to adjust sweetness levels accordingly. 

18495 Colima Rd Unit 5
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

13. Tiger Sugar

18330 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Tiger Sugar’s signature drink, the brown sugar boba milk with cream mousse, has just three ingredients — fresh milk, brown sugar syrup, and tapioca balls. The popular drink is known for its “tiger stripes” of sugar syrup that run down the cup. Expect a line during most hours of the day.

18330 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Related Maps