Madison's visitors have never had it sweeter, starting with the confections at Kilwins on State Street, where you can savor Mackinac Island fudge and loads of candy and chocolate treats made right in the store. Near the Henry Vilas Zoo is Aldo's Cafe, serving locally-roasted coffee with their made-from-scratch bakery items.
If you're looking for sweet eats to enjoy with a group, families find great food and tons of fun at Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery! There are ten classic flavors made daily, along with seasonal options (they've made more than 600 combinations thus far!). If a girls' night out is the kind of group outing you had in mind, you'll always find a drink and a sweet treat at Bluephies--check out the old-fashioned view finder to see 3D versions of desserts.
Cakes and pies are the perfect pairing with any of the comfort food items at Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery, a 1950's throwback with amazing shakes and malts too. Of course, if you love bakery items—but they don't always like you—Silly Yak Bakery makes gluten-free goodies including muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and more.
Looking for something a little more ... romantic? Nostrano means local, and this restaurant features local ingredients in carefully crafted entrees and decedent desserts. Indulge in gourmet chocolate at Chocolaterian Cafe, a chocolate and wine cafe with a charming atmosphere. Or, find fine chocolates to give as gifts at Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and Candinas Chocolatier, both of which offer selections that are made fresh locally and enjoyed universally. For a more traditional approach, try Fannie May Chocolates in the Hilldale Mall and on Madison's westside, where fine gourmet chocolates have been sold for more than 90 years.