8tea5 opened its first store in Belgium on June 8th 2013 in a trendy neighborhood on the Korte Klarenstraat 15 in Antwerp, just between the lively student area and the commercial city center also known as the Meir. Among the student population, 8tea5 has quickly become the place to be for bubble tea. 8tea5 is therefore closely involved as a sponsor for several student sororities. From the Meir, 8tea5 is easy reachable and many shopaholics grab a quick drink before they continue their hunt for a next bargain. There have also been cooperations with clothing stores such as Men At Work and Fish & Chips. Even international celebrities, such as Pentatonix, were able to find their way to 8tea5. Ever since the opening of the first Belgian 8tea5 concept store, 8tea5 has gained much media attention. Many magazines (such as Flair) and websites (such as Smosblog) selected 8tea5 as the hotspot of 2013 in Flanders.