There are quite a few “Bubble Tea” (also known as “Tapioca Pearl Tea”) in Berlin. Even if it is no longer “a thing”. However, none has won our hearts as COME BUY BUBBLE TEA HANGOUT did. First, it is located along Rosenthaler Strasse, one of our favourite window shopping areas in Berlin Mitte. Second, the casual and yet authentic atmosphere of “Come Buy” immediately transports us to a time we used to hang out at one of these places in San Francisco. Yes, that’s where we got addicted to these things back in 2000. Third, this place offers an amazing selection of bubble tea and tea drinks. You are bound to find something you like.
“Come Buy” is a Taiwanese bubble tea chain with operations in many countries. Unlike most bubble tea places, these guys work with ingredients that do not leave a highly chemical fruity aftertaste. They claim to use actual brewed tea. And it definitely tastes like it.
If you are not familiar with the concept, here is are some tips. Pick your favourite tea base, add milk (or not) and/or a variety of chewy additions. We often add milk and the classic tapioca pearls. NO SUGAR. We find that if you ask them to add sugar, the result is often too sweet. But that’s just our taste. Ask for as much ice as you want. We often like it with medium ice. There are also savoury and sweet funky Taiwanese cakes and snacks available. We must admit we only come here for the tea. If you are hungry, however, know yourself out and be adventurous!
It is also a cool place to just hang out and get a little bit in touch with the pop side of the Taiwanese culture. The service is friendly and efficient. If you are not in the mood to sit around, just walk along Rosenthaler Strasse in either direction, you are bound to find something interesting to look at. : )
WHAT TO ORDER AT COME BUY: Taro mil tea with tapioca (no sugar, little ice). We go of the large one! This can be an acquired taste for some people!
Address: Rosenthaler Strasse 31 Berlin