With the Arrival of Spots Like Hey Hey in Echo Park, L.A.’s Boba Scene Is Growing Up

Los Angeles has a strong passion for milk tea studded with chewy pearls of boba. Anyone who bummed around the colorful teen-friendly shops that started popping up in the San Gabriel Valley in the late ’90s—a trend imported stateside from Taiwan—could attest to that. But in an age when dime-a-dozen tapioca ball slingers have appeared everywhere from Westside shopping plazas to Chinese takeout spots in the South Bay, how does one tea parlor stand out from the rest?

That’s the question

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