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The Alley: Modern Twist on Bubble Tea

by Lisa Sit

The newest bubble tea shop opened up for business and I am in love. The Alley is not your typical bubble tea shop though.

The vibe is much more relaxed than your typical bubble tea shop, with the modernized dark interior and cabin-like feel – at least that’s how I felt. It’s like the Bang Bang to your Baskin Robbins or the Holy Chucks to your McDonald’s.

When I went, they were serving samples of the Royal No. 9 Milk Tea. Seeing as it was their #1 tea on the menu, I was intrigued to see why and after a few sips, I understood. It was nothing I’ve ever tasted. Royal No. 9 Milk Tea is milk tea with a hint of blueberry – who would’ve thought blueberry would complement a simple milk tea? It was divine and refreshing; a perfect drink to cool off in this summer heat.

My friend was won over by the Royal No. 9 Milk Tea sample so he ordered that with tapioca. The Alley insists on making their own tapioca, they call deerioca, and it’s worth adding it to any drink.

I on the other hand wanted to try something different. I went with the Garden Milk Tea, #2 on their top tea list. The first thing you’ll notice is the presentation. It is super cute and reflects the name of the tea perfectly – the Oreo crumbs representing the dirt and a little leaf to top it off. Once you get past the adorable representation, it’s simply a milk tea with their deerioca and Oreo crumbs, but it was a perfect combination. 

Garden milk bubble tea

As much as I wanted to order the whole menu, The Alley’s teas are not cheap. At two regular-sized teas for my friend and I, it costs roughly $12. What we did end of ordering, we really enjoyed and I would definitely go back.

Move over Chatime, The Alley is now my favourite bubble tea shop. Too bad it’s in Markham, or is it better this way because I don’t have to worry about my cravings making a dent in my wallet? 

Neighbourhood: Markham, Commerce Gate Plaza + more locations throughout Toronto and GTA

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