I recently went to a new boba tea place called Le C’s on State Street. There are many flavors and options available at Le C’s, from green to oolong tea, smoothies and, of course, their signature pastries. Whether you’re looking for an after class snack or something to treat yourself to after finishing one assignment, Le C’s has all kinds of options.
While I have primarily enjoyed the takeout option, the inside atmosphere of the shop makes for a nice study or relaxation location. The lighting is soft, and the small tables leave the space feeling open but not lonely.
What you should remember about Le C’s is that they have many options, and it can be a bit overwhelming — different kinds of tea, smoothies and even just warmed milk. It’s not a place you can go to only once because there are so many different flavors, combinations and toppings to try.
I’m partial to iced green tea. It's a small side effect of my deep love for the peach green tea lemonade at Starbucks, but Le C’s manages to do it better.
Order a green tea with fruit inclusions, and added to the tea itself are full slices of oranges as well as pieces of strawberry and blueberry. The fruit gives the green tea a nice sweet flavor, but if you're still looking for the tang of lemon, they also have a green tea with peach, rosewater and lemon. Both of these options can be customized. The lemon, peach, rosewater green tea with brown sugar tapioca is a resounding 5/5, while the fruit green tea with strawberry popping bubbles is a solid 4/5.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what is arguably the crown jewel of Le C’s: the pastries. What sets them apart from the rest is a surprising lack of sugar. Their baked goods focus more on the flavors, whether it’s chocolate, strawberry or taro. My personal favorite is the chocolate chip milk bread, which has chocolate to bring in more sweetness to balance out the flavor of the milk bread. Of the cakes, the strawberry shortcake comes in at 3.5/5, and the vanilla at 4/5.
Ancient brown sugar tea 4/5
Osmanthus oolong tea 4/5
Grapefruit green tea with passion fruit popping bubbles 4/5
Green tea with peach, rosewater & lemon with brown sugar tapioca 5/5
Green tea with pineapple and orange with brown sugar tapioca 3/5
Green tea with pineapple and orange with strawberry popping bubbles 3/5
Green tea with fruit inclusions w/ strawberry popping bubbles 5/5
Green tea with grapefruit 4/5
Mango smoothie 4/5
Chocolate chip milk bread 4/5
Brown sugar mochi dinner rolls 2/5
Strawberry shortcake 3.5/5
Le C’s offered a cozy environment along with well priced items. It is a little bit of a walk from campus, but nothing not manageable.
Gabriella Hartlaub is an arts editor for the Daily Cardinal. She also reports state politics and life & style stories. Follow her on Twitter at @gabihartlaub.