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Sweet Treats

Madison's visitors have never had it sweeter, starting with downtown options like the confections at Kilwin's on State Street. The sweet smell of fudge awaits you, along with caramel apples, ice cream, fine chocolates and more. Or pair your sweets with a great cup of coffee at Aldo's Cafe, featuring locally-roasted beans and made-from-scratch bakery items. 


Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery on Atwood Ave is your sweet spot for cupcakes—they've made more than 600 flavor combinations thus far! Also on the east side is the Market Street Diner, a classic diner with bright decor and delicious desserts like pies and cookies. Try a slice of Carl's cakes (or take one home)! Another great eatery with pies and cakes is Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery—with specials like "Pie in July" and "National Pecan Pie Day," everyday is an excuse to eat dessert at Hubbard!


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 more than 20 years, Ella's Deli has a 14-page dessert menu and a full-size carousel. 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? Nostrano and Graze offer quiet ambiance and incredible views with many decadent 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.