Tempo Tea Bar
Taiwanese bubble tea café with a customisable menu and plastic-free ethos.
Tucked beneath the stone curves of The Arches, Tempo Tea Bar presents itself as a small pocket of Taiwanese delights, selling colourful treats, stationery and other miscellany. Its main focus however is arguably Taiwan’s most famous export: bubble tea. The menu offers up all sorts of variations of this tea-based drink, with fruit and milk flavours alongside a generous selection of toppings, from the standard tapioca to rainbow varieties of jelly. The taro milk tea is smooth and fragrant, nicely creamy while still tasting fresh. Cookies and cream flavour, though delicious, doesn't jive as well with the toppings and is definitely better without. Luckily all the drinks are highly customisable, from soy, whey and multivitamin options, to sweetness and temperature. All this, plus the café’s plastic-free deals, makes Tempo’s bubble teas an even sweeter treat than usual.
- Delivery: Deliveroo, Just Eat and Ubereats
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop-rock
- Capacity: 12
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2016
Reviews & features
Not on the High Street1 Nov 2016
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