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Sweet Treats

Madison's visitors have never had it sweeter, starting with downtown options like the confections at Red Elephant Chocolate Cafe on State Street. The sweet smell of handcrafted chocolates awaits you, along with ice cream, cocoa bean tea, and bakery treats. Ancora Coffee and Tea on King Street is a sweet way to start your day. Begin with their small-batch, artisan-roasted coffee, and pair it with a locally-baked pastry. 


Marigold Kitchen is also a sweet breakfast spot. Try the brioche french toast drizzled with pastry cream and berry puree. For donuts, head over to the Bassett Street Brunch Club and try the maple bacon version--heavenly! 

If you're looking for sweet eats to enjoy with your family, kids find great food and tons of fun at Ella's Deli and Ice Cream Parlor! Voted the best place to take kids for over 20 years, Ella's Deli has a 14-page dessert menu and a full-size carousel. If you pine after cakes and pies, Monty's Blue Plate Diner is your answer. The diner serves a variety of award-winning pies made from scratch daily, as well as amazing and unusual desserts like candied bacon sundaes and peach cobbler shakes. 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? Melting Pot specializes in the ultimate romantic dining experience and dessert is no exception. Create your own chocolate concoction with milk, dark, or white chocolate and add fresh strawberries, blondies, pound cake and more. 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.