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Cheese Tea-Slinging Chinese Boba Shop Happy Lemon Opens in Austin

The global chain is bringing its teas, juices, and Yakult-based beverages to many locations in Texas

The strawberry tea and salted cheese drink from Happy Lemon
The strawberry tea and salted cheese drink from Happy Lemon
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

China-based boba chain Happy Lemon has big Texas expansion plans in the works, which include two locations set for Austin. A rep for the company confirmed the project. The first is found in the North Austin area at 2501 West Parmer Lane, Suite 650, opening on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Its second location is in Linc at 6406 I-35 North, Suite 1301, which opened in May 2023.

The global chain is known especially for its cheese teas, where teas are topped with a salted cheese foam, leading to combinations such as salted cheese/chocolate smoothie; salted cheese/milk tea/Oreos; or salted cheese/green tea. There’s even a matcha latte with a specifically tiramisu-flavored salted cheese.

Elsewhere on the drinks menu, there are boba teas, lemon-based slushies with various fruits, dragon fruit-lychee or mango juices paired with cream, matcha smoothies, and an array of beverages made with Yakult, a bottled Japanese probiotic milk drink. Drink toppings include jellies, puddings, fruits, red beans, puff creams, and Oreos. For food, there are also bubble waffles in original, chocolate, or matcha flavors.

The company began in 2006, and expanded with locations across the world, including in Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia, and North America. Happy Lemon expanded into America in 2014. As for the Texas plans, there are set addresses for Houston and Dallas, with a pending site for San Antonio.

Its daily hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Austin has numerous places to grab bubble teas, such as Coco’s Cafe and SnoMo, as well as bigger chains like Gong Cha and Feng Cha.

Update, July 10, 2023.: This article, originally published on January 26, 2021, has been updated to include Happy Lemon’s Austin addresses and opening dates.

Happy Lemon [Austin]

2501 West Parmer Lane, Suite 650, Austin, Texas 78758 Visit Website