2022 Best Boba Tea: Top-Voted Tea Shops in Kalamazoo

Best Boba Tea Shop

Where to Find the Best Boba Tea Shop

With its origins in Taiwan in the 1980s, Boba tea is relatively new to the United States and gaining momentum in popularity.

This unique beverage offers an alternative to a cold tea with a fun, chewy texture of tapioca “bubbles.”

But where is the best place to snag this fun drink and more food in Kalamazoo?

We asked our readers for their favorites, and over 6600 voted on the best restaurants in Kalamazoo. Read on for the best Boba in SWMI:

What is Boba Tea Made of?

In its most common form, this cold tea is served with ice and chewy tapioca balls but can include other flavors or toppings. Given the size of the Boba spheres, it’s often served with an extra-wide straw.

What is the “Boba” in Boba Tea?

The little Boba “bubbles” are little spheres made of tapioca starch. Their dark color and sweet taste come from being simmered in brown sugar syrup.

Who Has the Best Boba Tea in Kalamazoo?

Here are the top 5 favorite shops in Kalamazoo, as voted by our readers:

  • 1 – Chocolatea
  • 2 – Cravings Deli (Pacific Rim Foods)
  • 3 – MI Boba
  • 4 – Rollup Ice Cream & Tea
  • 5 – Kung Fu Tea Kalamazoo

Directory: SWMI Boba Tea Shops

☆ Voted #1 Best Boba Tea Shop

7642 S Westnedge Ave Portage, MI 49002

Featuring 15+ flavors of Boba tea, Chocolatea pairs them with black tapioca pearls, poppers, rainbow jellies, or crystals.

Beyond Boba, their shop sells over 200 loose leaf tea blends, macarons, cocoa bombs, coffee, sandwiches and a massive display case full of delectable desserts and chocolates.

Grab your drink to go or enjoy your beverage and treats inside. During warm weather, take a seat outside on their cozy deck, overlooking Portage Creek.

Where to Find Chocolatea
Chocolatea is located in Portage on South Westnedge, north of Centre. Look for the giant green teacup next door to Jac's.


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☆ Voted #2 Best Boba Tea Shop

229 West Kilgore Rd Portage, MI 49002

Local favorite Cravings Deli is known for their ramen and Boba tea.

With convenient online ordering, you are only a few clicks away from their delicious food. Cravings is also allergen friendly: vegan options are always available, and rice noodles can be swapped for wheat ones.

Where to Find Cravings Deli (Pacific Rims Foods)
Cravings Deli is located inside of Pacific Rim Foods Grocery Store in Portage on Kilgore, just east of Westnedge.


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☆ Voted #3 Best Boba Tea Shop

1750 S Drake Rd Suite B Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Founded in Kalamazoo in 2021 by the same owners as Chocolatea, MI Boba serves up hot bubble waffles, mochi, and macarons to compliment your made-to-order bubble (Boba) tea.

Where to Find MI Boba
MI Boba in located in the Corner at Drake, near Costco in Kalamazoo. Look for MI Boba's shop in between Orangetheory Fitness and Firehouse Subs.


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☆ Voted #4 Best Boba Tea Shop

8340 Portage Rd Portage, MI 49002
5907 Gull Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49048

You'll find 12 signature Boba tea flavors here including Sticky Caramel, Blueberry Dream and Raspberry Swirl.

Rollup also serves unique rolled ice cream, wraps and chicken sandwiches. Be sure to grab some signature rollup sauce and scoop fries with your meals.

Where to Find Rollup Ice Cream & Tea
Rollup has two locations: one in Portage and one in Comstock.
• Portage: 8340 Portage Road, north of Zylman. Their shop is next door to Erbelli's.
• Comstock: 5907 Gull Road, east of Sprinkle. Find them in the same shopping center as T-Mobile and Biggby.


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☆ Voted #5 Best Boba Tea Shop

5043 West Main St Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Kung Fu Tea makes its bubble tea fresh every 3 hours at their shop on West Main in Kalamazoo. They also offer fruity teas, slush, coffee and yakult drinks.

Where to Find Kung Fu Tea Kalamazoo
Kung Fu Tea is located in between the UPS Store and Hunan Gardens near W Main and Drake.


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☆ Voted #10 Best Boba Tea Shop

310 N Drake Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49009

As Kalamazoo's only poke bowl restaurant, Maui Poke offers their signature dishes and build your own bowls with smoothies and Boba tea.

Their Boba tea is offered in three sizes and ten flavors, including Thai, tarrow, and coconut.

Where to Find Maui Poke
Maui Poke is located on Drake Road in Kalamazoo, just south of West Main. Their shop is next door to T-Mobile.


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