People are obsessed with this milk tea smoothie you can get in Vancouver


Bubble Tea, or #BBT, is basically a way of life in Metro Vancouver. The big cups of cold milk or fruit tea, often with chewy tapioca pearls at the bottom, have cult followings, with dozens of chains and independent shops open across the region – each with their loyal fans and curious sippers.

Right now one item on the menu at a big-time BBT chain, Chatime, is having a real moment with local foodies. It’s not a special or limited edition item, and it doesn’t look like a unicorn or glow in the dark. It’s a Milk Tea Smoothie, and it’s making the rounds with food influencers, big time.

Vancouverite foodies on Instagram are crediting @phancouver as being the reason the trend has kicked off. She says she’s “addicted to” it.

And where one goes, often many follow – that’s what influencers do! Food blogger Diana of says of the drink: “I’ve spent years going to Chatime but never noticed this on their menu! I got half sweet and it was pretty good. It was so nice and cold it even gave me a brain freeze. This drink would be so good when it’s super hot outside.”

What is the drink, anyhow? It’s milk tea, whizzed up smoothie-style, with your choice of sweetness level, and pearls optional.

With the sun back in the forecast and the temps on their way up, a refreshing drink does sound like a good idea… (Googles nearest Chatime location)…


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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