Bubble tea has been around for quite some time now, but Tokyo seems to be going through a boba resurgence lately, with tea shops thriving all over the city. In Harajuku, we enjoy the tea options at Taiwanese specialist Koi Thé. The takeaway shop offers milk tea, fresh juices, tea lattes, flavoured teas and a Japan-exclusive menu which includes matcha.
What sets this bubble tea shop apart from others is that Koi Thé uses golden tapioca bubbles instead of the standard black ones. These golden bobas are just as chewy and they pair well with the shop’s taro mochi. We also like the complete customisation, where you can choose an exact amount of ice, sweetness level and extra toppings.