A Milk Tea Lover’s Guide to BGC

Because milk tea is life and it rhymes with Bonifacio Global City. By Kc L. Santos

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The milk tea craze shows no signs of slowing down.

Whether you like them with sinkers, with cream cheese, or plain, there’s no question that milk tea has become a staple in our diet. Some people even have their go-to shops and special mixes.

There are now tons of shops to get the drink compared to just a few years ago. It’s as if a new milk tea shop is popping up every week, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig included. Getting your fix can be a daunting task with the number of options available, and getting your drink is another challenge what with the long lines.

But hey, it’s all worth it in the end. Let’s take a look at some of the shops under the radar. Check out some of the must-try milk tea shops in BGC!

YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea

 

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Address: Ground Floor, Wumaco Building, Bonifacio High Street, 7th Avenue Corner Lane P, BGC

Although their specialty is fruit teas, YiFang’s milk tea may soon be one of your favorites. The Taiwan import is well-known for the brown pearls cooked in brown sugar.

Try the Brown Sugar Pearl Tea Latte for a sweet and slightly toasty drink. If you’d like something refreshing check out the signature fruit teas: Passion Fruit Green Tea, Pineapple Green Tea, and the YiFang Signature Fruit Tea.

Alishan at The Alley

From Alishan at The Alley

Address: Ground Floor, ORE Central Building, 31st Street Corner 9th Avenue, BGC

Since opening in Taiwan in 2013, the premium milk tea shop has quickly grown and expanded to other parts of the world (USA, France, Germany, Vietnam to name a few) and recently made its way to Philippine shores.

Their branches are cozy and everything is IG-worthy. It’s not surprising considering The Alley’s founder, Mao Ting Chiu, worked as a designer. Everything is well-crafted and well-thought and designed: from the cups to the drinks. There’s an art in everything in The Alley. But beyond being good-looking, their tea also tastes good. Very, very good.

Craving brown sugar? Check out the Brown Sugar Deerioca series. The Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk is one of their best-sellers, with its pearls completely made from scratch with imported ingredients. You’ll know the difference when you bite into it. Feeling cheesy? The Alley’s Snow Velvet series is another crowd favorite: milk tea topped with cheese foam.

But perhaps their most famous drink is the Royal No. 9 Milk Tea. Fruity, sweet yet subtle, this drink is made out of a single-blend tea, something you won’t find in other milk tea shops.

Din Tai Fung

 

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Address: L/G C1 Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC

Besides being synonymous with xiao long bao (and they make them very, very well), Din Tai Fung also offers several underrated milk teas.

The Black Milk Tea is a definite must-try. The Taiwanese-style drink is made of — you guessed it — strong black tea giving the tea a robust and slightly toasted flavor. The Jasmine and Rose Milk Tea meanwhile is a refreshing concoction, sweet with a subtle floral aroma. Perfect to pair with their delicious dim sum!

Tiger Sugar

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Address: B6, Bonifacio High Street, BGC

Whenever you see a crazy long line at Tiger Sugar, with some people willing to wait for an hour just for their milk tea, you know the place is good and it’s not just all hype. After all, they’re mostly responsible for the brown sugar craze.

This Taiwanese import’s line of brown sugar milk tea is arguably one of the best in the metro, with the Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse is mostly responsible for the long lines. It’s made with fresh milk, boba with brown sugar syrup, and topped with a thick layer of cream mousse. It’s delicious, creamy, refreshing, and looks perfect for your IG feed. So is the wait worth it? Absolutely.

Black Scoop Cafe

 

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Address: Avida Towers Verte, 9th Avenue corner 34th Street, BGC

Founded by the same minds behind Infinitea, Black Scoop is one of the newer milk tea players in town. What’s so special about them? Their milk tea ice cream has earned them a die-hard following. That’s right. It’s milk tea you can eat! Popular flavors include Okinawa, Wintermelon, Yakult and White Rabbit to send you back to your childhood.

They have an expansive milk tea menu as well. One of their best-sellers is the Cream Cheese Wintermelon milk tea. It’s rich and its sweet-salty cream cheese topping will no doubt be one of your favorites soon. Looking to treat yourself? You can’t go wrong with the Brown Sugar Latte with Cream Cheese milk tea. Sweet brown sugar and that sinful cream cheese. It’s rich. It’s decadent. It has everything you want in your drink.

Additionally, they also sell milk tea by the gallon. It’s good for 15 people but if you’re really thirsty (or crave-y), you can have it all for yourself. We won’t judge.

Bonifacio Global City takes the Global part seriously with lots of other milk tea shops of all types, both homegrown and brought in from other shores, some new and some well-established. There’s plenty to choose from — all you have to do is to go explore.

BGC isn’t just a great place for milk tea. Metro Manila’s new CBD may be one of the best places to live for those of you who love the city. Check out Avida Towers Turf BGC and The Montane.