Another Taiwanese bubble tea shop preps first-ever Vancouver location


With their signature “Deerioca” tapioca pearls, deer logo, and drinks like “Northern Lights,” Taiwan’s The Alley feels right at home in Canada. The bubble tea shop has several franchised locations operating in the Metro Toronto area, and are now prepping their first-ever Vancouver location.

Sliding into the space that was previously the Japanese taco shop Kurumucho at 985 Hornby Street, The Alley will bring to the city yet another bubble tea option.


The “Deerioca” is their claim to fame–that’s their in-house and scratch-made tapioca pearls. On the menu are brewed teas, milk teas, juices, and specialty drinks, like something intriguingly called the Oreo Devil Slush, as well as seasonal hot and cold specials.

With locations in Asia, including in their native Taiwan as well as Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Korea, The Alley’s global reach includes Australia, New Zealand, Paris, and Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley.


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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom