Tapio Boba Tea Cafe has relocated to Coming Street

Tiny orbs of delight

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Lychee tea with lychee "poppings" - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
  • Mary Scott Hardaway
  • Lychee tea with lychee "poppings"
While we mourn the loss of Taco Spot and Apartment A at 221 1/2 Coming St., we are happy to report that Tapio Boba Tea Cafe has taken over the space and, since it's grand reopening Sat. March 25, has been abuzz with bonefied boba fiends.

Once tucked into a small spot on Spring, Tapio still serves the same addictive tea — available with a milk, fruit, or frozen base; flavors like lychee, lavender, and Thai coffee; and toppings like mango and green apple jelly and, of course, boba.

Boba tea, also known as bubble or pearl tea, is a Taiwanese drink made with a tea base shaken with fruit or milk, then topped with chewy tapioca balls (which we've officially deemed tiny orbs of delight) or fruit jelly (also delightful).

Jelly toppings on display - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
  • Mary Scott Hardaway
  • Jelly toppings on display
Tapio's new space is bright and airy - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
  • Mary Scott Hardaway
  • Tapio's new space is bright and airy
Tapio has added a few food items to their menu: Khao Man Gai (Thai chicken over rice, $7.50), Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese pork belly over rice, $7.50), and Yansu Ji (Taiwanese popcorn chicken, $5).

The food is cooked in the teeny former Taco Spot building, while the former Apartment A space is clean and bright, decorated with succulents, chalkboards, and several round dining tables. There's even a lounge-like area with comfy chairs and a couch framed by big windows. It's the perfect lunch spot for MUSC and CofC students, or for an afterwork stopover if you're craving a caffeinated bev. topped with something sweet.

Tapio is open Thurs.-Tues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.




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