Tempo Tea Bar

Tempo Tea Bar
Arch 4, 7 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8FS
  • Telephone 0131 556 4763
  • Opening times Daily 11am–7pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 11am–7pm; Sun 11am–6pm
  • Email
  • Website www.tempoteabar.com
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Tempo Tea Bar

Personalised bubble tea under the refurbished arches of East Market Street

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Yellow and orange glass bubble lights hang from the arched ceiling of Tempo Tea, reminding us that 7 East Market Street is all about bubble tea and fun. Originating in Taiwan, bubble tea is a tea-based cross between a drink and a snack, with added ‘boba’ – tiny, highly flavoured balls made of tapioca or fruit jelly. Customers are encouraged to play around with the huge range of flavours and boba – you can have it hot or cold, shaken with milk or fruit, or with chewy bubbles or popping bubbles. Milk and coconut makes a Caribbean milkshake, while strawberry fruit takes you straight to a summer day. On the way out don’t forget to leave your message on a post-it note and stick it to the wall.

  • High point: Coconut with apple boba
  • Low point: There's not much seating
  • Notable dish: Coconut with apple boba
  • Delivery: Deliveroo, Jinn and Ubereats
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 12
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2016

Reviews & features

Not on the High Street

1 Nov 2016

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