New boba shop brings a taste of Taiwanese to Bel Air

Allison Coyne, Photography & Art Editor

Boba Tea: A Taiwanese drink classically made with milk tea and sweet tapioca pearls.

Everyone can find a drink they enjoy at Chatime. Located in the Bel Air Town Center, they have countless options for all.
With over 80 drinks on the menu, there is something new to try each time. Want to customize? By adding any of the 10 toppings to a drink, you can make your drink unique. Along with choosing a size, you decide on the amount of ice and sugar in your drink.
While the classic boba tea at Chatime is delicious, the fruit teas and smoothies rival in taste. For a refreshing drink, try the lychee green tea with rainbow jelly. For a pick me up, go for a matcha tea latte.
Chatime also offers a variety of oriental pop teas not available at other stores. These include Japanese Genmaicha tea, a brown rice green tea, and Anxi Tieguanyin tea, a healthy oolong tea.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative to try, the fresh unsweetened tea and juices are a great option.
As autumn approaches, tasty pumpkin drinks are now available on the menu. Throughout the year, new drinks are introduced so you can have a flavor for each season.
The distinctive cups used at Chatime provide a new experience for many. Instead of a typical lid to cover the drink, a plastic seal is used instead. Thick straws with a pointed edge are used to pop the seal and access the drink.
Prices are reasonable for a drink that not only tastes good but looks good, too. A classic milk tea cost $4.80, and many specialty drinks cost $5.80. Drinks can be any color of the rainbow, from dark purple to bright green.
Inside Chatime, the welcoming atmosphere and staff make you want to stay and relax. Comfortable seating is available while you wait or while you are enjoying your drink.
The employees are personable and friendly and always ready to recommend a drink.
Now available through Grubhub and Doordash, getting a Chatime drink is easier than ever. No need to expect a wait; drinks are ready in just a few minutes.
When compared to Gong Cha, Chatime is the superior boba shop. Friendlier staff, cheaper prices, and countless options make the decision easy.
Next time you are craving a delectable drink, head over to Chatime!