Terry and Aj - Owners of Tapio

Hello everyone! My name is Terry Hung and this is my wife AJ. We moved to Charleston, SC from Atlantic City, NJ and have been living in here since 2011. Charleston, SC has the nicest people you’ll ever meet, best food you’ll ever taste and now the best tea you’ll ever drink!

It all started with a…

DREAM. A dream to serve some authentic Taiwanese Boba Tea for everyone to experience and enjoy. Well, kind of. My wife and I were actually searching for a place in Charleston, SC to have some Boba Tea and didn’t find one that quite hit home. So we set out to make our own. We set up in our kitchen for months mixing, stirring, brewing, and tasting boba tea until we made it taste even better than home. And now, we are both excited to bring our love for Boba Tea to the Low Country and are sure that you will love and crave for it the way we do! So come in, say hello, and enjoy a great cup of tea!

So what is Boba?

Tapioca aka boba is a starch that is extracted from a cassava root (think potatoes) and made into little chewy pearls found at the bottom of the drink. The consistency of a boba pearl is that of a soft gummy bear.

Is Bubble tea the same as Boba Tea?

Yes, some people call it boba tea, others call it bubble tea. The term bubble tea comes from the floating bubbles when the teas are shaken. Not a fan of the bobas? No problem, you can always order it without them or try the jelly.

What is up with the fat straws?

These straws are so that you can enjoy both the tea and the bobas at the same time!

And leak free cups?!

All of our drinks are sealed with a special sealing machine that prevents drinks from spilling. When you are ready to drink, take out the fat straw with the angled end down, and punch it through the seal and start drinking!

Tapio - A Boba Tea Cafe

How to order

Step 1. Choose Size

  • Small (小-Xiǎo) 16oz
  • Large (大-Dà) 24oz

Step 2. Select Tea

Milk Teas*

  • Tapio Milk Tea
  • Taro
  • Coconut
  • Thai Coffee
  • Thai Coconut Coffee
  • Thai Tea

Fruit Teas

  • Passionfruit
  • Pomegranate
  • Strawberry
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Raspberry
  • Green Apple

Frozen Teas**

  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Thai Coffee
  • Thai Coconut Coffee
  • Lychee
  • Taro
  • Honeydew

* Contains dairy products

** Uses real fruit

Step 3. Select Topping

  • Tapio Original Tapioca
  • Mixed Jelly
  • Mango Jelly
  • Coffee Jelly
  • Lychee Coconut Jelly
  • Mango Popping Boba*
  • Stawberry Popping Boba*
  • Lychee Popping Boba*
  • Green Apple Popping Boba*
  • Pomegranate Popping Boba*

* Popping bobas ($.25 Extra)

Step 4. Smile & Enjoy!


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    Our frozen teas are all made with real fruit

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    Green Apple Tea with Mango Jelly

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    What is your favorite flavor?

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    No more lids!

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    Leak-free cups!

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    4th of July 2014

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    4th of July 2014

Contact Us

65 Spring St. Charleston, SC 29403


Tapio - A Boba Tea Café

Simply the best boba tea in the south!


65 Spring St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Mon: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
Tue: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
Wed: Closed
Thu: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
Sun: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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