Squished into a corner in Taikoo Li South, famed Japanese pastry shop Zakuzakulooks like any bubbly ice cream spot in Beijing – except ice cream isn’t their pride and joy. No, the hyped-up star of the show here is the Croquant Chou, a custard-filled pastry puff. The crispy creamy treats come in two flavors, mixed berry and original (both RMB40). Eat them piping hot, which they are for exactly two seconds before cooling, leaving the custard oozing out rather unfortunately. All in all, a nice way to get your sugar fix on a busy day in Sanlitun. Though, if you need a buzz of caffeine, we recommend skipping the coffee here (RMB28) and going next door to Starbucks.
[Image via Mollie Gower for That’s]