follow us on

Milk Tea And More—6 Drinks Spots To Quench Your Thirst And Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Manila loves its cold drinks, not just in the hot, summer months, but all year round. Whether you’re a milk tea lover, a cold brew coffee enthusiast, or a fan of tropical fruit shakes, the metro is teeming with brands that serve all kinds of cold drinks imaginable. Here are 6 fave spots we’ve been eyeing that offer everything ice cold, sweet, and satisfying.


Fruit Teas: Hi Tea Singapore

Robinsons Metro East, Marikina-Infanta Highway, Pasig City, IG @hiteasingaporePH


Originally from Singapore, Hi Tea specializes in cold brew fruit tea. It’s a delicious new tea experience that offers something different (and healthier) from other tea brands out there. Refreshing oolong or jasmine tea is infused or mixed with fresh fruit. The Mix Fruit King contains 7 fresh fruits from passionfruit to strawberries to pineapple—all of which are served with a fork so you can eat the tea-infused fruits after or while enjoying the drink. For those looking for something creamier, the Avocado Snow is fresh avocado fruit shaken with oolong tea and the special “cream cloud”—it’s creamy and refreshing all at the same time, and also quite addicting. This is one drink you won’t forget. Follow Hi Tea on Instagram to see which new locations may open soon.


 Milk Teas: The Alley

G/F Main Mall Building, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, IG @thealleyphilippinesofficial



A boba a day, keeps reality away! Do you agree? ????

A post shared by The Alley Philippines ?? (@thealleyphilippinesofficial) on



This famous Taiwanese milk tea brand is finally in town, offering its full line of tea drinks to satiate “milk tea-mad” Manila. For brown sugar milk tea aficionados, there is the Brown Sugar Deerioca series, with the signature Brown Sugar Deerioca with brown sugar pearls and fresh milk, or else, choose your milk flavored with crème brulée pudding, cocoa, or matcha. You can also choose the Premium Milk Tea Series, available hot or cold, featuring Assam or Royal No. 9 Milk Tea with tapioca pearls. Or go tropical with the Alley Trio Milk Tea filled with colorful jelly, pineapple coconut jelly, and tapioca pearls. The Snow Velvet series offers the bestselling milk teas, with a creamy topping of cheese foam.


Mango Drinks: Hui Lau Shan

SM Megamall, Promenade Greenhills, The Block SM North Edsa, IG @huilaushanph




Obsessed with mango? Then Hui Lau Shan is the place to be. This new drink and desserts place specializes in everything mango. From tall frothy mango shakes, to an array of handmade mango desserts, Hui Lan Shan has everything for mango lovers’ dreams. Aside from mango drinks, they also have a selection of fruit teas and delicious fruit drinks shaken up with milk. Try the Mango and Coconut Juice with Chewy Balls or the Mango with Milk, Melon with Milk, and Strawberry with Milk drinks.


Tropical Smoothies: Thirsty Turtle

Pioneer Street Market and Bellefleur by Beatrix, Unimart, Greenhills, IG @thirstyturtleph




Delicious and healthy smoothies is what Thirsty Turtle does best. The drinks are just as colorful as the varied menu. Try the rich Strawberry Banana smoothie, tropical Melon Mango, or if you want healthier options, the refreshing and vibrant Pineapple Beetroot Banana and Avocado Pineapple Spinach.



Cold Brews: Nitro7 Coffee and Tea Bar

Multiple branches, IG and FB




Nitro 7 offers a different kind of coffee and tea experience. Both cold brewed, the coffee and tea and are infused with nitrogen and poured from the tap—the result is this cool, frothy and crisp drink perfect for the hot months. You can order your drinks black or with a creamy topping. Try the Nitro Breve and Premium Milk Tea.



Thai Coolers: Cha Tuk Chak

Multiple branches, IG and FB @chatukchakph




Aside from its delicious snacks and desserts, Cha Tuk Chak specializes in the world-famous Thai Milk Tea. But if you want to try other styles of Thai drinks, they also have an array of flavored beverages like Thai Green Milk Tea, Dark Chocolate, and a bright pink drink called Nom Yen. They also have espresso based drinks done Thai style or with Thai tea. 



Lead photo from @hiteasingaporePH