Madison's visitors have never had it sweeter, starting with the confections at Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. on State Street, where you can savor locally made ice cream, including flavors like Door County Cherry, Fat Elvis, and Espresso Oreo. Just a block or two away on West Johnson, you'll find Bassett Street Brunch Club, a diner that makes it a point to serve donuts—lots and LOTS of delicous donuts!
If you're looking for sweet eats to enjoy with a group, families find great food and tons of fun at Ella's Deli. There, you can ride the beautifully-restored, 1927 carousel before ordering a Masterpiece Sundae to share. If a girls' night out is the kind of group outing you had in mind, you'll always find a sweet treat at The Melting Pot, where you can start with cheese and end with chocolate!
Cakes and pies are the perfect pairing with any of the comfort food items at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, where made-from-scratch meals and desserts make it a "Best in Madison" perennial pick. If doing the diner thing is where you find your favorite sweet treats, don't miss DeBroux's Diner in Oregon, which offers 10 flavors of ice cream for shakes, malts and more. Another neighborhood favorite is Manna Cafe & Bakery, which offers an extensive on-site bakery and a full-service espresso menu. 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? 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 west side, where fine gourmet chocolates have been sold for more than 90 years.