Top Bubble Tea Cafes In Singapore

best bubble tea outlets in singapore

The Singaporean after-work drink story isn’t complete id bubble tea isn’t in the mix.  Though this beverage has its origin outside the city-state, there are countless possibilities of the kind of bubble tea servings you can order. Surprisingly, the tea is a “rockstar” not only in South East Asia but in Europe and the US.

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For tea enthusiasts trying to savour the bubble tea versions, the experience can be overwhelming. However, it doesn’t hurt to take your bubble tea palates on a roller-coaster.

What Is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea, also known as boba tea is a beverage with origins in Taiwan. It goes by other names including pearl, or tapioca tea.

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Boba tea was crafted by Liu Han-Chieh of Chun Shui Tang tea Taiwan in the 1980s. Since then, it has crossed global borders and risen as an energy drink of sorts to global customers.

The tea is made using oolong tea, milk, fruity flavours sweeteners, and a crunchy texture provided by the tapioca pearls. It borrows the bubble tea title from the bubbles that rise when the milk was shaken.

What makes boba tea increasingly popular is the fact that you can DIY up the drink to meet your desired flavour. Whether served hot or cold, bubble tea is always flavour packed.

Classic Types of Bubble Tea

The most popular bubble tea recipes can be classified as:

Pearl milk tea: Milky tea with tapioca pearl. It uses the 1/4-inch tapioca balls’ pearls.

Bubble milk tea: A blend of tapioca pearl tea that commonly uses the 1/4-inch tapioca balls. In Taiwan, boba is used to denote large breasts.

Black pearl milk tea: This denotes bubble tea that uses black pearls instead of the colourful types.

Foam red tea: A tea flavour that produces massive foam when shaken.

Foam milk tea: It’s a milky version of the Foam Red Tea

Steps for Opening a Bubble Tea Business

Here are steps to follow when opening a bubble tea venture in Singapore.

Design Your Store

A bubble tea shop design isn’t limited. You can opt for a custom store design, Setup the kitchen, a sitting area, and ensure the décor fits the demographics you’re targeting.

Pick the Perfect Location

Location is critical when starting a boba tea shop. Target high traffic areas to attract more customers. You can reduce overheads by opting for a food truck or a kiosk near a school. Choose a location near a mall for traffic purposes but avoid congested places where customers find it hard to find your stall.

Consider the Competition

Bubble tea shops are the rage with budding investors. Before you open your tea stall, check your competition. Do your research and innovate to stay ahead of your business rivals.

Invest in Equipment

To serve scintillating bubble tea varieties or flavors, you need to invest in special equipment. These appliances help you to create your bubble tea professionally. If you need customers to keep coming, don’t cut corners with the equipment.

Craft a killer Menu

Though bubble tea follows a specific cuisine code, you can create hot flavors. By combining creativity and exotic ingredients, you can offer a first on your menu and attract more customers.

Get necessary permits

Bubble teas shops serve food. As such, you’ll need the right licenses and permits, as stipulated by Singaporean authorities.

 

Why Is Bubble Tea Popular In Singapore

Distinctive and sizzling taste

Sizzling boba tea flavour combined with the sweet chewy tapioca tastes is the anytime drink for Singaporeans. It offers a break from the monotony of average chilled ice tea. Also, the eternal flavours make it a globally acclaimed drink.

Variety

Bubble tea offers more than just pearls. There is an abundance of toppings that range from guava, chis seed, cream, and organic add-ons. Bubble tea offers an adventure like experience for those who love new tastes.

Aesthetic

The aesthetic appeal that bubble tea offers make it irresistible day and night. It’s an Instagram worthy drink with a touch of art and flavour.

Tips for Ordering Your First Bubble Tea

If you’re trying bubble tea for the first time, here are tips that ensure you’ll enjoy your boba debut.

Milk or no milk?

Some bubble tea types are crafted with or without milk. Chose the milk less type if you want a fruity pop. Milk is ideal if you want a creamy experience.

Start with a popular flavour

Popular boba tea flavors are preferred for a reason. Consider a highly preferred boba tea for your maiden flight. If the experience is right, you’re sure to get hooked on more than the classic bubble tea types.

Go easy with the by toppings

Bubble tea is often served with toppings. These go to the bottom of the cup. They can be fresh fruit, jellies, grass jelly, and the like. When starting, choose a basic boba drink minus the sophisticated toppings

Cafe Name

LiHo Tea

Signature 

  • Cheez HO Da Hong Pao Milk Tea
  • Brown Sugar Pearl Salted Caramel Fresh Milk
  • Calpis Triple Peach
Menu

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Website

https://royaltgroup.com/our-brands/liho.html

Address

Over 50 locations, find your nearest outlet here

Telephone

(65) 6397 6816
Operating Hours

11am – 10pm daily

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“Execellent.would recommend getting here .fast service eventhough its a long queue” – King.J

Review 2

“I love cheese guan yin so much! It’s my favourite!” – Aqiah.A

 

Cafe Name

KOI

Signature

  • Golden Bubble Milk Tea
  • Signature Macchiato
  • Chewy Milk Tea
  • Yakult Green Tea
Menu

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Website

https://www.koithe.com/en

Address

Over 50 locations, find your nearest cafe here

Telephone 

(65) 6636 3948

Operating Hours

10am to 10pm daily

Review 1

“My favorite bubble tea store! And the best drink so far for me is the Ice Peach Macchiato. The frothy foam and the refreshing peach tea is a perfect match!” – Eric.L

Review 2

“Always a pleasure having Koi bubble tea! My go-to order is always the golden bubble milk tea, as it’s an all in one encapsulating goodness beyond words! Service is quick here, and outlet very conveniently located with all the other food places at the Basement of Vivocity. ” – Flo.Y

 

Cafe Name

Gong Cha

Signature

  • Gong Cha Milk Foam
  • Original Brewed Tea
  • Creative Teas
Menu

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Website

http://www.gong-cha-sg.com/
Address

Over 25 stores, find your nearest store here

Telephone

(65)6200 2288

Operating Hours

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(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“Blown away by the variety of drinks they have and it is all customisable! I like the milk tea with grass jelly and their taro milk tea too.” – Nelson.T

Review 2

“Fantastic bubble tea. They had various choices and were highly promoting the milk tea with choices of different sugar levels- it was their new “health drink”. I highly recommend the brown sugar bubble tea. Not too sweet, not too bitter. The only con for this spot was the wait. They had tickets but had to wait around 15 minutes to just get a drink.” – Karolina.S

 

Cafe Name

Route 65

Signature

  • Bubble Tea Cocktails
Menu

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Website

https://www.route65sg.com
Address
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing #01-434, Singapore 038983

Telephone

(65) 9171 2179

Operating Hours

Mon & Tues: 11.30am-11.00pm
Wed – Fri:  11.30am-1.00am
Sat: 4pm-1am
Sun: Closed

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“My go-to bubble tea chain for chewy… exotic flavoured… colourful… PEARLS! Tea lovers won’t be left out too as you will find a good variety of teas on offer! Oh and did I mention seasonal pearls and flavoured teas?” – Ryan.Y

Review 2

“Recommended by another reviewer, I tried their new Orange Pulp Earl Grey Tea with cactus pearl, sweetness level 25%, I must say that this is now my favorite drink! I regret getting Medium, should’ve gotten large! But of course, I will be coming back for more 😍” – Adrienne.J

 

Cafe Name

Tiger Sugar

Signature

  • Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream mousse
  • Black Tea Latte with Cream mousse
  • Brown Sugar Green Tea with Boba or Pearls
Pricing

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Website

https:/facebook.com/tigersugarSGofficial/

Address
  • 13 Stamford Rd, Capitol Piazza #B2-32, Singapore 178905
  • 133 New Bridge Rd, Chinatown Point #B1-42, Singapore 059413
  • 290 Orchard Rd, Paragon Shopping Centre #B1-39/40,Singapore 238859
  • 311 New Upper Changi Rd, Bedok Mall #B1-30A, Singapore 467360
  • 3 Lor Liput, Singapore 277725
  • 1 Jurong West Central 2, Jurong Point #03-40/41, Singapore 648886
  • 1 Northpoint Drive, Northpoint City South Wing #01-153, Singapore 768019

Telephone

(65) 9581 9283

Operating Hours

Chinatown Point: 11am – 9pm
Other outlets: 11am – 10pm daily

Review 1

“Super tasty drink! The pearls are extra chewy and has a very nice flavour to it, very different from other pearls I’ve had. The black sugar taste is very strong and I love it. The queue moves really quick even though it’s long.” – M C

Review 2

“Having tried bubble tea and not like it before – the texture of the pearls wasn’t for me. However I was persuaded into trying this by my gf. OMG! Amazing – we had it with the mixed small and large pearls and then I went back the next day and had with just large pearls. Amazing! I’m so glad I live in a country where they don’t have this otherwise I would be spending a lot of money here.” – Rachel.C

Review 3

“I nvr like milk tea..just dont like it and maybe doesnt like of the smell. And never try to taste it. But, it’s really the first im trying to taste milk tea..and i really love it. Also the smell is really good since they use brown sugar!! Im extremelly recommended for anyone who want to try milk tea..” – Dina.S

 

Cafe Name

Beautea

Signature

  • Fruit Teas
  • Milk Teas
Pricing

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Website

https://www.instagram.com/beauteasg
Address

6 Jalan Bukit Merah, ABC Brickworks Hawker Centre #01-43, Singapore 150006

Telephone

No number

Operating Hours

11am – 10pm daily

Sun: Closed

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 

“decent and affordable” – Joanne.O

 

Cafe Name

7 Tea Cafe

Signature

  • Bubble Milk Tea
  • Ice Cream Ovaltine
  • Aloe Vera Passion Green Tea
  • Bubble Fresh Milk Tea
Menu

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Website

https://www.jointhawker.com/en/shops/31593

Address

3 Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre #03-142, Singapore 618499

Telephone

(65) 96352425

Operating Hours

11.30am – 9pm daily

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“Bubble tea stalls in hawker centres are rare and this one proves to be a gem, not just because of its location but also because of its quality and value for its price. The drinks here are comparable to that of the big chains(Koi, Liho etc)…but at half the price! A milk tea with pearls here costs only $1.80 and they do have a huge variety of drinks, some of which cannot be found in your typical bubble tea chain.Do note that the sugar levels here are generally scaled lower though. What I mean is that the 30% sugar level you order here will be less sweet than the 30% in, say, Liho. ” – Lee.L

Review 2

Nice and delicious Chocolate Milk Tea at reasonable price” – Helen.S

Review 3

Best in town! For everyone who is missing the taste of Taiwan milk tea, or jus for the taste of authentic Taiwan milk tea. Highly recommend cream cafe latte and 3Gems.” – Fan.J

 

Cafe Name

Eat 3 Bowls

Signature

  • Fresh Milk w/ Brown Sugar Pearls
  • Fresh Milk Tea
  • Bubble Tea Latte
  • Green Tea with Yakult
  • Grass Jelly Fresh Milk
Menu

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Website

http://Eat3bowls.oddle.me
Address
462 Crawford Lane #01-61, Singapore 190462

Telephone

(65) 9154 8191

Operating Hours

11am – 9pm daily

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“Ho-Jiak! Chance upon this taiwan eatery along Lavender. The meat is well seasoned and the rice is soft and fluffy! I also love their Taiwan milk tea, so authentic and milky!” – Shengyang.Y

Review 2

“Milk tea and braised pork rice was great 👍” – Lucas.N

 

Cafe Name

HeyTea

Signature

  • Original Cheezo Tea
  • Bailey’s Boboshake
  • Very Mango Grapefruit
  • Tipsy Grape Beer
Menu

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Website

https://www.facebook.com/HEYTEACN/

Address
  • 10 Bayfront Ave, Marina Bay Sands #01-73/74, Bay Level, Singapore 018956

  • 3 Gateway Dr, Westgate #01-25, Singapore 600226

  • 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B4-29, Singapore 238801

Telephone

(65) 6908 0019

Operating Hours

  • ION,Westgate
    12pm – 8pm daily
  • MBS
    10.30am – 10pm daily

Review 1

“Newly opened! The famous China brand of milk tea has landed in Singapore 🙂 always long queue, but fast service. Freshly brewed tea from tea leaf. Choices of fruit tea which are freshing. Highly recommended the cheese milk top 奶盖 (slightly salty), foamed quality imported cheese. Enjoy!” – Yeen.L

Review 2

“Nice offer for the soft serve. It’s a must have the Cheese taste. No queue for soft serve 😋” – Andrew. K

Review 3

“Paper straw is the most inspiring here. The tea is good without wait. Staff is friendly. Area is clean. Tea is fresh made to walk ins. Nice place to chill during hot summer time.” – Frances.W

 

Cafe Name

Hollin Tea

Signature

  • Handmade Pearl Tea
  • Pink Guava Rock Salt Macchiato
  • Caramel Tea Rock Salt Macchiato
  • DoDo Lemon/Green Tea
  • Dirty Brown Sugar
Menu

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Website

https://www.hollingroup.com
Address
  • 190 Toa Payoh Central, Toa Payoh Mall #01-538, Singapore 310190
  • 3 Temasek Blvd, Suntec City #02-605/605A, Singapore 038983

Telephone

(65) 6238 1902

Operating Hours

Mon-Thurs: 11.30am – 9.45pm
Fri-Sun: 11.30am – 10pm

Review 1

“I love the tea here, it’s well brewed and fragrant. They use real fruit when you order fruit teas, which really adds to the experience. There are also different flavours of pearls available for each day of the week. I checked this place out because of a recommendation from my friend, and I definitely don’t regret doing so. Now, I and recommending this place to you so you can try for yourself.” – Angelica.G

Review 2

“Tried their Tropical Fruit Tea series for a start as it was being recommended on their screen. Tasted really refreshing, & the sweetness level was just right. Will be back to try their other drinks! ❤️🌈 seems really nice with their different flavor pearls (daily special) & their Rock Salt Macchiato series.” – Angie

 

Cafe Name

Woobbee 

Signature

  • Ai-Yu Passion Tea
  • Guava Plum Green-T
  • HerbalMint Milk Tea (Pei Pa Kao)
Menu

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Website

https://www.woobbee.com/
Address
  • 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-18, Singapore 082001
  • 100 Beach Road, Shaw Tower #01-53, Singapore 189702
  • 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point #02-26, Singapore 059413
  • 2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis #01-06, Singapore 138634

Telephone

(65) 6222 6687

Operating Hours

  • Chinatown
    Mon-Fri: 10.30am – 8.30pm
    Sat-Sun & PH: 11am- 8pm
  • One-North
    Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm
    Sat-Sun & PH: Closed
  • Tanjong Pagar & Shaw Tower
    Mon-Fri: 10.30am – 7.30pm
    Sat: 11am- 5.30pm
    Sun & PH: Closed

Review 1

“I LOVE WOOBBEE’S HERBALMINT MILK TEA A.K.A PEI PA KUA. at first, i am not sure about herbal med for cough being use as a milk tea flavor 😂😂😂 but then, after i tasted it, this one instantly there in my favorite drink list. a must try when you are in town!” – Claudia.V

Review 2

“The famous Pei Pa Kao milk tea was pretty good and I love the grass jelly. If given a chance, do come and try their drinks” – Lysha.L

 

Cafe Name

SOD Cafe

Signature

  • Customized Cakes
  • Bubble Tea
  • Cafe Food
Menu

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Website

https://www.sodcafe.com.sg/
Address
51 Hougang Avenue 9, Ci Yuan Community Centre #01-03, Singapore 538776

Telephone

(65) 6385 4026

Operating Hours

11.30am – 9.30pm daily

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“Great food, great service and an overall awesome experience. What started out as a simple cafe haunt in 2019, SOD cafe became our regular go-to place for great food! My wife and I have fallen in love with their legendary passion fruit cheesecake to the extent that we ordered it for our wedding – something which SOD cafe obliged us and assisted in preparing the cheesecakes for service to our guests. As expected, many of our guests had at least 2 pieces and have now become patrons of this place. Their sambal fish and chips + cheese chicken gratin is a must try together with their signature Milk Tea! Give this place a go and you won’t regret it :)” – Rajiv.R

Review 2

“The food is always great! People there are always kind and nice too! I especially love to eat the cakes and milk tea over there! They are phenomenal!” – Nicklaus.C

 

Cafe Name

Share Tea

Signature

  • Taro White Pearls Milk Tea
  • Homemade Pudding Milk Tea
  • Okinawa Milk Tea
  • Ume Plum Fruit Tea
Menu

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Website

https://www.1992sharetea.com
Address
  • 80 Marine Parade Rd, Parkway Parade #B1-21, Singapore 449269
  • 200 Victoria St, Bugis Junction #01-14A, Singapore 188021
  • 30 Woodlands Ave 2, #01-26, Singapore 738343
  • No 1 Lower Kent Ridge Rd, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119082
  • 930 Yishun Ave 2, Northpoint City, #B1-12, Singapore 769098
  • 63 Jurong West Central 3, Jurong Point #03-53, Singapore 648886
  • 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #B1-K01, Singapore 609731

Telephone

(65)  6257 1512

Operating Hours

  • Parkway Parade, Woodlands, Northpoint City, Jurong Point, JCube
    11am – 10pm daily
  • Bugis
    12pm – 9pm daily
  • NUS
    11am – 9pm daily

Review 1

“One of my prefered bubble tea brand. Their honey aloe Vera is effectively thirst quenching and nutritious with real big aloe vera cubes. Their taro milk tea is one of the best in Singapore. I like to chew their toppings while enjoying their milk tea, so u can try qq milk tea or grass jelly milk tea with bubbles =)” – Lin.S

Review 2

“Mouth-watering bubble tea for a hot day in SG!” – Zhe.M

 

Cafe Name

Xing Fu Tang

Signature

  • Brown Sugar Boba Milk
  • Mango Smoothie and Rabbit Panna Cotta
  • Damascus Rose Tea with Lemons
Menu

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Website

https://xingfutangsg.com/
Address
  • 2 Tampines Central 5, Century Square #01-22, Singapore 529509
  • 1 Sengkang Square, Compass One #B1-10, Singapore 545078
  • 391A Orchard Rd, Takashimaya B2 Food Village, Singapore 238873
  • 1 Woodlands Square, Causeway Point #B1-K30, Singapore 738099
  • 17 Petir Road, Hillion Mall #02-21, Singapore 678278
  • 10 Sinaran Drive, Square 2 #02-65/66, Singapore 307506
  • 60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square #01-32, Singapore 409051
  • 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura #01-K1, Singapore 238839

Telephone

Contact for more information

Operating Hours

  • Takashimaya
    10am – 9.30pm daily
  • Square 2
    11am – 9.15pm daily
  • All other outlets
    11am – 10pm daily

Review 1

“Authentic Taiwanese bubble tea with savory, chewy pearls. Quite different from the other brands as their pearls are a tier better than the others. Try their signature brown sugar pearl milk tea to experience the difference between the others. Price wise was on the high side but makes up with the quality product. A must try if you like bubble tea with pearls. Their other drinks are also good too. However, due to their limited outlets in Singapore, expect a queue to try their signature drinks.” – Scott.N

Review 2

“Ordered the signature boba milk tea and I really like it. The pearls were indeed soft and very Q cause they self made them and the whole drink tasted very milky which I’d recommend if you are a fan of milk. It’s quite different from the tiger sugar as I feel it’s not that sweet. Went on a weekday afternoon and queued for at most 15 minutes.” – Kah.W

Review 3

“Ordered the famous brown sugar fresh milk. Pearls were amazing! They were almost caramelized, and chewy. The drink itself just tasted like fresh milk. Overall not bad drink, but pricey.” – Gina.T

 

Cafe Name

I Love Taimei

Signature

  • Super Caramel Milk
  • Sunny Island
  • Honey Green Milk Tea
  • Brown Sugar
Menu

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Website

https://ilovetaimei.com/
Address
  •  52 Queen Street, Bugis Village ABFL-21, Singapore 188539
  • 230 Victoria St, Bugis Junction #B1-K11 to 11A, Singapore 188024
  • 9 Bishan Pl, Junction 8 #B1-22, Singapore 579837
  • 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel Changi Airport #B2-258, Singapore 819666
  • 83 Punggol Central, Waterway Point #B1-K5, Singapore 828761
  • 10 Tampines Central 1, Tampines 1 #B1-K8, Singapore 529536
  • 52 Queen St, Singapore 188539
  • 17 Petir Rd, Hillion Mall #B2-43, Singapore 678278

Telephone

 (65)  9636 1170

Operating Hours

11am – 10pm daily

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“Popcorn chicken and double yam milk tea is to very good! Must eat while it’s hot super juicy” – Jason.K

Review 2

“So great ! Recommend every one to try the fried tofu and pearl milk tea!” – Toro.T

 

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Cafe Name

Dessert Monster

Signature

  • Taho
  • Chendol
  • Soy Milk
  • Beancurd
Menu

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Website

https://www.dessertmonstersg.com
Address 210 Lor 8 Toa Payoh #01-26, Singapore 310210

Telephone

(65) 8118 4347

Operating Hours

8am – 10pm daily

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“The chendol is amazingly good and it taste even better because of how friendly and warm the stall holders are. For $2.50 the helpings are Super generous and every ingredient is good. Most defiantly worth having a try. Mind blown by this.”- Dan.H

Review 2

” The Chendol Delight is yummy! Their coconut ice cream is very legit because it’s imported from Thailand and I don’t usually eat red bean but this is not overly sweet and the beans are still whole. The chendol itself is also very soft. They’re very generous with the ice cream and gula Melaka too! The boss is also really friendly and offers great service!” – Lynn.N

 

Cafe Name

Dot Sugar

Signature

  • Brown Sugar
  • Fresh Brew
  • 100% Pure Sugarcane
  • Fruit Tea
  • Milk Foam
Menu

Click here to view

Website

https://www.facebook.com/lovedotsugar/
Address1 Kadayanallur St, Maxwell Food Centre Singapore 069184

Telephone

(65) 9753 5109 

Operating Hours

11:30am – 09:30pm daily

(Still Delivering During Circuit Breaker)

Review 1

“Down to earth guys managing the stall, tasty brown sugar fresh milk and peach resin with red dates is very nice too!! Consistent Great service and always keeping the welcoming energy when I visit their stall😄👍” – Lavender.C

Review 2

“The Brown Sugar is delicious and is not so sweet” – Jing.A

 


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