655 5th St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 262-9999
Cafes, International Cafe, Park Cafe, Tea House
Sun (9 am - 7 pm)
Mon - Fri (7 am - 7 pm)
Sat (9 am - 8 pm)
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You're missing out if you haven't caught on to the boba trend, a totally different take on tea. Boba (also called bubble or pearl) tea is a chilled latte-type tea filled up with black, chewy tapioca balls. It may sound strange, but the phenomenon first popularized in Taiwan in the 90's has taken major cities like L.A. and New York by storm ever since. And the newest and hippest teashop in town is Pearlina, situated on the edge of North Beach. The bubbly pastel-toned shop offers 26 different types of bubble teas (all $3.50), ranging from the popular green tea to pina colada to mango banana pineapple bubble tea, with a smattering of chais and classified teas on the menu as well. - Gloria Tai