STORE SPOTLIGHT: Smile to Go Milk Tea

If you are a milk tea aficionado, and at the same time looking for a healthier option for your favorite drink, then Smile to Go at the Manhattan Plaza Arcade might just be the store for you.

This Hong Kong-based franchise store boasts a wide array of refreshing drinks to quench your thirst and soothe your cravings. It offers the usual favorites such as Passion Yakult Fruit Tea, Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea, and Oreo Milk Tea. You are sure to find something you like from their varied menu of fresh fruit, fruit tea, slush, and signature milk tea offerings.

What makes its drink offerings special is that all are made with fresh organic ingredients –no powdered or artificial additives whatsoever! And even if they use fresh ingredients, their milk teas are still affordable at around Php 80 to Php 100 each, while other drinks are priced below Php 200.

Smile to Go recently opened its Araneta City branch last February 20 to cater to the tea cravings of people within the area, mostly of Manhattan Plaza residents and Busport travelers. Cravings were well satisfied as the store’s first three weeks of operation were met with packed crowds of families, students, and young professionals bonding over cups of flavorful drink treats.

However, due to the COVID-19 quarantine implemented since March, the store was forced to close its doors for more than 2 months. They eventually reopened in June, but business just hasn’t been the same due to the pandemic.

It is now operating at a minimum capacity of 2 employees, and is observing safety protocols such as limited sit-in accommodation and sanitation practices.

According to the store manager, they hope to increase sales by reaching more Manhattan Plaza residents as the store is just beside their homes. Given more awareness and patronage from the nearby communities, Smile to Go can hopefully bounce back and continue to provide a fresh and organic alternative to our favorite guilty treats.

Visit Smile to Go at the Manhattan Plaza Arcade along General Romulo Avenue (across Wellcome Supermarket). Store is currently open daily from 1pm to 10pm. Also available for delivery via Lalafood, Grabfood, and FoodPanda. Check them out on Facebook.