While macarons, ice cream, and pastries are sinfully sweet on their own, Taiwan’s afternoon tea-crazy culture has found a way to combine these sugary staples into the ultimate dessert—honey toast. It's exactly what it sounds like, only so much more: imagine an impressive block of toasted bread soaked in honey and topped with endless combinations of fresh fruit, ice cream, and sweets.
If life is indeed short and thus dessert must be eaten first, Dazzling Café is the place to begin. Arrive amid an explosion of girly ornamentation (in shades of yellow, mint green, and pink, depending on the store location) and stare in awe as the waitresses bring out plate after plate of Taipei's signature afternoon tea confection, which has to be seen to be believed.
Notes: Various locations around Taipei. Reservations highly recommended.