If you happen to be walking down 19th Street on any given day, you’ll probably pass right by Chamalyn without ever noticing it was there. That would be quite a shame. This hole-in-the-wall establishment offers not only an amazing selection of Japanese candy, but it's bubble tea is unlike any you can find in the Mission District. Bubble tea (aka Boba tea), a flavorful drink featuring tapioca/boba pearls, has become more and more popular in the United States; with one taste of Chamalyn's tea, you'll understand why.
All teas are $3.50 and a variety of specials are available daily. Try some of the popular teas such as apple tea, lychee tea, guava, rainforest iced tea, passion fruit tea or mango. The owner, May, is another reason this place cannot be missed. She has amazing enthusiasm and is extremely helpful with helping you choose a tea you will like. Plus, she is willing to customize your selection to make sure you get exactly what you want!
Chamalyn is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Chamalyn, 3491 19th Street (at Valencia), San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 850-9955