Boba Guys is the Spot for Dairy-Free Bubble Tea and Coffee


Updated in 2021! Bubble tea isn’t an ancient beverage steeped in tradition. Rather, it’s a somewhat modern culinary creation out of Taiwan. Giant chewy tapioca balls, or boba, are suspended in a milk tea and often served with fat straws. But the founders of Boba Guys have taken bubble tea to the next level of quality, and haven’t forgotten dairy-free consumers along the way.

Dairy-Free Menu Options & Artisan Touches at Boba Guys

Dairy-Free Menu Options & Artisan Touches at Boba Guys

Boba Guys makes a full range of bubble teas and bubble coffees. They used to offer soymilk and rice milk as dairy-free options, but they’ve transitioned with the times. They now serve Califia Almond Milk and Oatly Oat Milk as options for dairy-free customers. When ordered with one of these milk beverages, the following drinks are dairy-free and vegan-friendly. They’re also gluten-free and soy-free.

Dairy-Free Boba Drinks – Regular Menu

  • All Tea Varieties, including black, oolong, chai, green, and herbal teas
  • Americano
  • Black Sugar Hojicha
  • Caffe Latte
  • Coffee Milk Tea
  • Dirty Banana Milk
  • Dirty Horchata
  • Espresso Milk Tea
  • Horchata
  • Korean Banana Milk
  • Matcha Latte (swap out honey for strictly vegan)
  • Strawberry Matcha Latte
  • Strawberry Rice Milk
  • Strawberry Tea Fresca
  • Ube Latte

Heads Up! Their Thai Tea is made with condensed milk, and can’t be ordered dairy-free.

Dairy-Free Boba Drinks – Seasonal

  • Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea (spring/summer)
  • Mango Sticky Rice (spring/summer)
  • Pineapple Espresso (spring/summer)
  • Sparkling Mango Matcha Fresca (spring/summer)
  • Tropic Thunder (spring/summer)

Heads Up! Despite the fact that it’s made with Oatly, the Cloudseeker contains dairy.

Dairy-Free Toppings

  • Boba
  • Chia Seeds
  • Aloe Jelly

Heads Up! The Almond Jelly contains dairy.

Artisan Touches

At Boba Guys, they brew real tea leaves for their bubble tea – they don’t use powders. They also craft their own syrups from an all-natural brown sugar base. Consequently, their sweetener is fructose-free. They’ve also switched to bamboo straws (not shown in the pictures), as a part of their ongoing sustainability efforts.

Boba Guys is a little more expensive than your average boba shop, but they do boast higher quality ingredients. And many readers have told us, it’s worth it. But please note that this is a midday spot for an afternoon refresher, pick-me-up, or treat. Boba Buys shops are not open in the morning.

Boba Guys offers premium bubble tea in NYC and San Francisco with many delicious dairy-free options!

Where to Find Boba Guys

They now have locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York. See their website below for locations and hours.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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