Casa Del Cacao
8, Alley 5, Lane 170, ZhongXiao E Rd, Sec 4
Hours：11 am-11 pm
(closed on first and third
Mondays of the month)
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
MRT: ZhongXiao/DunHua Station #4 Exit.
After walking in the door, a lot of customers might mistake Casa del Cacao for a jewelry store instead of a chocolate boutique. Delicately decorated chocolates grace glass display cases while shiny chandeliers add to the ambiance. The owner of Casa del Cacao imports her chocolate-making ingredients from France and keeps them in a controlled environment for the best possible flavor. To accompany the sweets, the shop also serves Fortnum & Mason Royal Teas and German herbal teas. --By Queena Hung, translated by Ann Lee, photos by Andy Lin
A. For birthday/Valentine's Day gifts, customers can choose from nine designer gift boxes (NT$640/each), or pick up a box of rose-shaped chocolates. For something exotic, try the Kamasutra chocolates and enjoy the pictures on the box as well as the sweets (100g, NT$360-420). Other recommendations include their white chocolate "First Love" and the "Wizard of Oz," which is full of vanilla, caramel, hazelnuts and pistachios.
B. The Afternoon Tea Set for Two with Asti (NT$860) consists of handmade chocolates, mousse and savory snacks. In Europe, people usually drink a bit of champagne before digging into the desserts and other treats.