Taiwanese bubble tea shops have been bubbling up across Metro Vancouver by the multitudes. One popular chain, YiFang, has been a big draw since its debut on Robson Street, and has quickly grabbed up additional locations, kicking off a pretty epic expansion in the region.
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Black Sugar Soft Pearl Balls with organic milk ($6.50) from #YiFang
Soft, chewy, and flavourful balls (had a nice black sugar taste)💦 But it got too sweet for us about half way through the drink… 👵 (It was so sweet that we ordered a Puli Passion Fruit Green Tea ($5.50) because we needed something tangy and refreshing to cut through the sweetness LOL)
ps. We saw comments on Instagram suggesting that the plain milk base is better than the latte base so that's what we got, but I wish we ordered the latte one instead 😔
Known for their fruit tea, as well as the fresh black sugar pearls made in-house and available in limited quantities at select times of the day, YiFang has locations around the globe, including across China, in South East Asia, in London, in Australia, in New York, and here in Metro Vancouver.
Their signature fruit tea is packed with fresh fruit, like orange slices and passion fruit (it’s my kid’s favourite), and they have a very easy ordering system that allows you to adjust the amount of ice and sweetener in your drink. The drinks come in just one size, and are about $6.50 a pop.
On the heels of their Robson Street debut, YiFang opened up at 1131-8328 Capstan Way in Richmond (replacing Zenstone Coffee).
And another one is on the way, with signage up: 3612 Kingsway in Vancouver, situated just west of the Burnaby line and near Metrotown. The bubble tea shop takes over the former Doggie Goodie pet centre.
But this particular chain is making even bigger strides in the market. This is their staggering list of all their planned locations here–and in Toronto:
- 150-5555 Gilbert Road, Richmond
- 4020 Cambie Street, Vancouver
- 2112 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
- 6049 Fraser Street, Vancouver
- 4329 Dawson Road, Burnaby
- 1601-4500 Kingsway, Burnaby
- 202B-4501 North Road, Burnaby
- 3-1161 The High Street, Coquitlam
- 109-10196 152nd Street, Surrey
- 672 Yonge Street
- 615 Bloor Street West
- 315 Spadina Avenue