The Navitaire Manila Newsletter
Contributed by Imee Malabonga
The milk tea revolution has been sweeping the nation since 2010. Many bubble tea places have come and gone, but the trend itself stays. Maybe it’s the “health” angle at play; it is well-known that tea has many benefits. Maybe it’s an inexplicable craze, or maybe it’s just because people cannot seem to resist the tasty goodness these drinks give to whoever dares to take a sip.
Here are six highly-recommended milk tea places within the Makati area (most have other branches elsewhere, too):
1) Tea Farm
Location: Ground Floor and 2nd Floor KPMG Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati
Budget: 55 to 105 Pesos per glass of cold or hot teas, 125 for their blended tea creations
Recommended drink: Dark Chocolate Milk Tea with Pudding and Oolong Base
What sets them apart: They have their own sandwiches, fancy cakes and cookies that complement their drinks.
Other locations: Better Living, Paranaque
Location: Unit G-02, 139 Corporate Center, 139 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Budget: 80 to 100 Pesos per glass of cold teas
Recommended drink: Assam Milk Tea with Jelly
What sets them apart: They’re not just a tea shop – they have actual hearty meals such as fish with mango sauce, or desserts such as their marble cakes.
Location: 12 Jupiter St, Bel-Air Makati / Space 322 3F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center Makati / 112 Greenbelt Residences Rada St., Makati / Space #114, Glorietta 3 G/F Ayala Center, Makati
Budget: 80 to 100 Pesos per glass of cold or hot teas
Recommended drink: Okinawa Milk Tea (Assam black tea with brown sugar)
What sets them apart: All drinks are 100% customizable and have a free sinker of your choice (except for aloe, additional 20 Pesos)
Other locations: They have countless branches all over the metro – check their website for details
Location: P. Burgos St., Makati near A. Venue / St. Paul College
Budget: 50 to 105 Pesos per glass of cold or hot teas
Recommended drink: Mixed Berries (Pulpy Range)
What sets them apart: They have frappucinos and slush teas, all for ridiculously low prices.
Other locations: They, too, have countless branches all over the metro, especially around major universities such as UST, Ateneo de Manila, UP Diliman, and UERM. See their website for details.
Location: Paseo Center, Paseo De Roxas, Makati / 2nd Floor Landmark Bridgeway, Ayala Center, San Lorenzo, Makati
Budget: 80 to 120 Pesos per glass of cold or hot teas
Recommended drink: Chocolate Mousse
What sets them apart: They are uniquely Taiwanese – one of the pioneer milk tea houses from Taiwan to franchise in the Philippines.
Other locations: Probably the only global among this list. They have branches not just throughout the Philippines but also in the US, Europe, Australia, and all over Asia. See their website for details.
Location: The Columns Tower I, Ayala cor. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Budget: 45 to 75 Pesos per glass of cold teas, additional 10 Pesos for addons
Recommended drink: Passion Fruit Tea with Nata or Aloe Vera
What sets them apart: They’re probably the most affordable when it comes to basic flavored teas, going for as low as 45 Pesos, or milk teas going for only 60 Pesos.
Other locations: They have branches nationwide, including Sta. Rosa, Angeles, Naga City, San Fernando, and Iloilo, with plans of opening in Clark, Baguio, and Cebu City. See their website for details.