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PurpleKow

Bubble Tea Shop and Café$$$$
Outer Richmond, San Francisco
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  • This bubble tea shop is famous for their tea. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Megan J.
    "Iced milk with boba is an easy thumbs up !"(4 Tips)
    Lan
    "Peach oolong tea crema with boba is my new favorite."(3 Tips)
    Shirley L.
    "Get the iced Oolong milk tea with boba and pudding"(2 Tips)
    Edna L.
    "Love their iced milk tea and milk tea with grass jelly"(2 Tips)
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  • Friedrich
    FriedrichMay 13
    Omg I love it!
  • Bobbie M.
    Fried chicken and of course bubble tea.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 30
    The aroma of fried food like chicken wings, nuggets, and cheese sticks make this cafe an Outer Richmond magnet. Matcha milk green tea and matcha crema can be served with fun toppings at $0.50 extra. Read more
  • Brian L.
    The Green Tea Boba balls ("jade gems") are my new favorite twist on boba.
  • Alicia Z.
    Alicia ZMarch 7
    Very sweet at the default sugar levels - I usually opt for 50%. Pretty good boba!
  • Holly C.
    Holly CallaghanJuly 29, 2016
    Get the custard in the tea. Amazing!!
  • David H.
    David HeiserApril 17, 2016
    Get a D5 with caramel, grass jelly and boba, 50% sweetness.
  • Megu K.
    Megu KFebruary 15, 2016
    Not worth the 1 hour wait.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithFebruary 11, 2016
    Try the Salt & pepper chicken~
  • jill c.
    jill choSeptember 13, 2015
    Iced milk tea with pudding & boba!
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenAugust 16, 2015
    Wait was long. Turn east and you can get equally delicious drinks from ShareTea much more quickly, just saying.
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoJuly 22, 2015
    Over hyped... It's average boba.... Very sweet
  • Evelyn T.
    Evelyn TioJuly 20, 2015
    Grass jelly here is pretty good.
  • Jesse
    JesseJuly 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Lines can get long. The chicken nuggets are good but not spicy as they claim.
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainJune 24, 2015
    Boba is meh but fantastic milk and tea options. Can't go wrong with custard and grass jelly. Half sweet is plenty sweet. Get one with the salt and pepper fried chicken.
  • Warren L.
    Warren LainJune 15, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Good Salt and Pepper Chicken! Huge cups!
  • Melon L.
    Melon LJune 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Roasted oolong milk tea is the best but the wait is erratic and ridiculous. Anywhere from 10-25 minutes. Or more.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithMay 31, 2015
    Must Try: D3: Iced Milk Tea with Caramel, Pudding and Boba, or any house special.
  • AJ L.
    AJ LApril 24, 2015
    The D3 is what dreams are made of... a sweet, sugary experience you have to try! :D
  • tina h.
    tina huangApril 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    unbelievably slow service (even with a short line)... be prepared!
  • tina h.
    tina huangApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    my go-to place for iced milk boba drinks. no other comparison! iced milk with pudding+boba. every. time.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongMarch 31, 2015
    Honey Milk Tea is delicious. The boba is fresh and chewy.
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongMarch 23, 2015
    D3 and D4 both on point but I digged D4 more. Get 50% sugar. 1 hour long wait was not the life.
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LuMarch 21, 2015
    Get the mango tea or the twin QQ
  • Malou M.
    Malou Medina-BolusMarch 15, 2015
    Love D3 and toffee
  • Lily K.
    Lily KwongMarch 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Expect long wait times during peak hours.
  • Ping
    PingFebruary 15, 2015
    Love the grapefruit with 25% sugar. Very refreshing.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MacadaegFebruary 9, 2015
    Iced Milk Drink with Boba and Pudding or boba noodles at micro-sweetness is my fav
  • Shirley T.
    Shirley TsangFebruary 4, 2015
    Not worth the wait.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChenJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    I love their tea crema
  • Jason K.
    Jason KhooJanuary 14, 2015
    D3 was really good. Maybe get a tad less sweet but it was still pretty amazing
  • Inga C.
    Inga ChenOctober 13, 2014
    You can specify sugar level and they use real tea here!
  • takishido n.
    takishido nekoOctober 3, 2014
    Went in on a whim one night when I saw the line was short, now I'm addicted. Half sweet milk teas with pudding, they will be the end of me.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeSeptember 21, 2014
    Pretty good drinks, huge portions, long lines. Go here if you have time and tell them to turn down the sweetness.
  • Priyanka L.
    Priyanka LSeptember 9, 2014
    My fav is D3.Dont forget to ask for their loyalty card if you are a regular.
  • Edna L.
    Edna LoSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love their iced milk tea and milk tea with grass jelly
  • Jole P.
    Jole PSeptember 7, 2014
    The servings here are HUGE so I'd suggest splitting... The qq's are also super yummy!
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeeSeptember 1, 2014
    It has been two years since my last visit. The wait is cray. 1hr for milk tea? Would've been faster to make it at home.
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardAugust 27, 2014
    I don't think the ridiculously long line is worth it, but if the line is short, definitely come here. Good bubble tea. Tea is always super sweet normally, so always get at least half sweet.
  • Hope
    HopeAugust 22, 2014
    One of the original places to get crema in the bay area but I don't think they're really worth the hype. OK if you're in the area, but don't go out of your way to visit.
  • Jun L.
    Jun LeeAugust 17, 2014
    Matcha milk tea with boba
  • Ananda D.
    Ananda DestefanoAugust 10, 2014
    Best boba in SF! You can get it however sweet you want it, or with no sugar! Mango smoothie, no sugar with boba and lychee jelly is the bomb. Wait is long but sooo worth it!
  • Megan J.
    Megan JeeAugust 10, 2014
    They now have TCHO chocolate pudding !!
  • C. Eloise L.
    C. Eloise LimAugust 7, 2014
    Milk tea in a huge cup. Great value! Tea crema is a favorite.
  • Mishu E.
    Mishu EguilosAugust 7, 2014
    D5 and qq noodles
  • Diana C.
    Diana CMay 29, 2014
    20 minute wait AFTER ordering is kind of ridiculous. On a wednesday around 5:30 p.m.
  • TanG \.
    TanG \(^~^)/December 22, 2013
    No line in the early Sunday Morning~~!!
  • Poonam G.
    Poonam GuinnDecember 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Know what you want when you get to the register!!! The lines are already so long, no one has time for you to ask 20 questions.
  • Lily L.
    Lily LiangNovember 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    D5 half sweet! So good!
  • Nancy W.
    Nancy WuOctober 15, 2013
    Got 25% sugar and it was perfect sweetness
  • Catface M.
    Catface MeowmersSeptember 6, 2013
    Don't come here for coffee, because despite their menu they don't actually have any.
  • Hwayen L.
    Hwayen LinAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Count how many people are in front of you, multiple by 1.5 mins and that's how long it will be before you order. Then add 7 mins to wait for your drink. It's a terrible wait.
  • Megan J.
    Megan JeeJuly 20, 2013
    Iced milk with boba is an easy thumbs up !
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HolcombJuly 15, 2013
    There is a reason there is always a line...its friggin amazing!!!
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RetuertoJuly 13, 2013
    Line sucks, and then the drinks are too sweet.
  • Awad S.
    Awad SayeedJuly 5, 2013
    Bring a book to read-can take a long time if there's a line
  • Dewaine T.
    Dewaine TorregrozaJune 30, 2013
    Its a party here on weekends
  • Lynn
    LynnJune 18, 2013
    Matcha green tea
  • Alvin G.
    Alvin GuanJune 14, 2013
    Expect to wait........ A LONG TIME....
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic T.June 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Note to self: don't get half sugar unless you want bitter or diluted-flavored tea.
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic T.June 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Does not have soy milk as an option.
  • Dominic T.
    Dominic T.June 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get grass jelly or brown sugar jelly over tapioca balls! Don't get overweight.
  • spaulding
    spauldingMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They are out of boba until further notice...
  • Lan
    LanMay 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Peach oolong tea crema with boba is my new favorite.
  • Anna L.
    Anna LeMay 15, 2013
    Super size the drink for $0.95 more!
  • BeefStew
    BeefStewMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice drinks but the waiting time is ridiculous!!!
  • Sandy C.
    Sandy CMarch 20, 2013
    Boba too soft :( at least today.. Good tea though
  • Felicity L.
    Felicity LauMarch 12, 2013
    Free super cup upgrade if you check in on FB M-W this month only!
  • Oriana W.
    Oriana WenMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Purple Kow fresh milk drinks have real milk! Other milk drinks use creamer.
  • Luckyxleaf
    LuckyxleafFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Expect 30 mins to order and another 30 pick up what you ordered.
  • Mandy G.
    Mandy GanFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Kitchen closes 1 hour before closing :(
  • Maybs M.
    Maybs MFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hazelnut milk tea w/ pudding & boba.
  • Glennda H.
    Glennda HouJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Their grass jelly is the best I've ever had at a boba place in California so far!
  • Cyrus S.
    Cyrus StollerJanuary 3, 2013
    This is a really long wait
  • stealthypoo
    stealthypooNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Monday night line was about half hour wait. RIDIC
  • Ernest N.
    Ernest NgNovember 8, 2012
    The line is always out of control, so don't come here unless you are practicing patience. Waits are typically 30 minutes plus! But the drinks are good, just make sure to get it half sweet.
  • shaBOinken (.
    shaBOinken (`_´)ゞOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    you'll enter the line from the outside no doubt about it (specially at night).. so wear a warm jacket, it's COLD!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuSeptember 30, 2012
    Get the iced Oolong milk tea with boba and pudding
  • Joey Y.
    Joey YeeSeptember 29, 2012
    Got an hour and a half to spare? Go see a movie at the Balboa instead of waiting in line here.
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the roasted oolong iced tea, half sweet, with aloe vera. Hmm mmm~!
  • Mendel L.
    Mendel LinSeptember 3, 2012
    If you're expecting half & half quality. Don't! Low quality tea, low quality boba, low quality pudding.
  • Harriet C.
    Harriet ChenSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Drinks are huge and two people can share! Hehe.. The best part is you can tell them not to make it too sweet and will do free of charge unlike Quicklys. Wait is not too bad if you around 11am.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • melanie e.
    melanie espinuevaAugust 17, 2012
    They no longer take orders over the phone. Bring a book to read in line.
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas LJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No longer taking phone orders
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline LieJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Purplekow Matcha Milk Tea !!
  • Ed Y.
    Ed YuenMay 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    D4 is the best!!!
  • Rhia R.
    Rhia R.May 10, 2012
    Go here on a weekday. Enough said.
  • Benson F.
    Benson FungMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Line is long and production is slow. Call Ahead! Takes credit card! Very good tea taste!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CabreraApril 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can order over the phone to avoid long lines
  • Mischa W.
    Mischa WangApril 7, 2012
    If u have 4 drinks or more to order, call first before lining up!!!!!!! The lines during the weekend is 40 mins long for a drink... So CALL!!
  • Nithya N.
    Nithya NineFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I have been ordering the house purrplekow milk tea. I really like it. Wait is crazy...the least in evening is 20min, it could go to an hour.
  • Dolly K.
    Dolly KriengprarthanaFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Very slow service but delicious drinks. You can call in ahead for faster service and just go up to the counter when picking up a phone order.
  • Dolly K.
    Dolly KriengprarthanaFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Long lines most of the time. Don't expect quick in quick out...
  • Lucy L.
    Lucy LiFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been waiting for more than an hour for just three drinks. Inefficient service. I don't think it's worth the wait.
  • Anna T.
    Anna TranJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Twins QQ jelly = milk tea with egg pudding and grass jelly. Try it! So good.
  • theSusyness ..
    theSusyness .January 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you call your order ahead by phone, be prepared to fight your way at the register to pay and tell them you're picking up. It doesn't save you any time either.
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie Lamb-baahJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Call your drink order in... Save u the wait out the door
  • David G.
    David GiangJanuary 19, 2012
    Sc recommends ice milk with pudding and boba! Tastes like melted ice cream!
  • David D.
    David DoanJanuary 11, 2012
    They give lots of tapiocaaa. And black milk tea can be a little watered down..but you can ask to make it sweeter:)
  • Crystal C.
    Crystal ChenJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Boba is an extra 50 cents!
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