Bubble tea may not be very well known in France yet, but there is a new establishment that is hoping to change all of that. At the Bubble Fever Café, visitors can discover bubble tea for the first time or revisit an old favorite.
For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, bubble tea is a drink that originated from Taiwan, having made its first appearance in the 1980s. Authentic bubble tea is a mix of cold or hot tea, milk and black "pearls" of tapioca. You can drink the pearls along with the tea thanks to an extra thick straw that accompanies this treat.
The texture of the pearls is unlike anything else — semi-hard gel globules that are about a centimeter in diameter. Half the fun of bubble tea is deciding how you will consume the bubbles: Drink the tea first and save the bubbles for last? Or chew the bubbles up along with the tea? Bubble tea can be as much a game as it is a beverage. Plus, in addition to providing amusement, the tapioca pearls in bubble tea are also nutritious.
Led by a young and dynamic team with a passion for this unique beverage, the Bubble Fever Café opened about five months ago in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. The team hopes to make bubble tea as popular in the City of Light as it has been in other major cities around the world. To help themselves achieve their goal, the folks at the Bubble Fever Café have ensured that they stock a huge selection of bubble teas to satisfy even the most discerning of bubble tea connoisseurs.
Patrons can order their tea hot or cold, black with milk, or green and fruity. Creamy black teas include taro, almond, blueberry and vanilla flavors. Fruity green teas include mango, peach, and litchi tastes. The pearls themselves can also be customized, with coconut or fruit juice for example.
The end result is a drink that is the perfect refreshing treat for a hot summer day. Guests staying at one of Les Grands Hôtels Parisiens should not hesitate to cool down with a bubble tea during their stay in Paris.
Bubble Fever Café
5 Rue de Mirbel, 75005
Metro: Censier-Daubenton (Line 7)
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.