You can step into boba heaven at this new bubble tea cafe in Toronto, unlike anything the city has seen before.
Benkei Hime is an integrated lifestyle cafe where you can find not only drinks but also merchandise. With roots in Asia, the brand officially opened its first North American store at the Toronto Eaton Center on February 26.
The venue works with artists from around the world to create eye-catching products to sell alongside drinks, making this place a unique dining and shopping experience.
Inside Benkei Hime. Courtesy of Benkei Hime
So what can you find in this new boba emporium? Expect Instagram-worthy decor, creative retail items and, of course, tons of bubble tea.
The space is bright and colorful, with bright orange walls and neon lights. You can buy a variety of lifestyle and fashion products such as hoodies, skateboards, candles, and pillows.
As for the drinks menu, you’ll want to have your phone handy because the bubble tea is as good looking as it is tasty. There are over 30 flavors to choose from, the most popular of which are Peach Marshmallow and Strawberry Hime.
There’s even a limited-edition Toronto drink, which is topped with whipped cream, a CN tower, and a maple leaf cookie. Other options include caramel sea salt pearl milk tea and hazelnut creme brulee.
Keep an eye out for more Benkei Hime stores set to open outside of Toronto, including a second store inCF Markville Mall which plans to open this summer.
Toronto’s limited edition drink.
Courtesy of Benkei Hime
Cooking: Bubble Tea
Address: 220 Yonge Street, Unit A004, Toronto, ON,
Why you need to go: Sip unique flavors of bubble tea while you shop at this innovative new cafe.