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. Also on State, stop in to Kilwins, where they give out free fudge samples to enjoy while you decide among the many different confections on display.
If you're looking for sweet eats in a family-friendly setting, you won't want to miss Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery, home to classic cupcake flavors and seasonal favorites like lemon with blueberry buttercream frosting! If you're celebrating a birthday, stop by Market Street Diner and Bakery for a slice of one of Carl's Cakes, a Madison favorite since 1985. Another diner loved by locals is Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery, known for their pie selection and family-friendly atmosphere.
Looking for something a little more ... romantic? Indulge in gourmet chocolate at Chocolaterian Cafe, a chocolate and wine cafe with a charming atmosphere. Or, add a little creativity to your dessert when you dine at Nostrano, where all bakery is made from scratch and the menu items are inventive. A breakfast and brunch favorite is Bassett Street Brunch Club, a bustling neighborhood eatery with an extensive on-site bakery and amazing donuts (don't miss the maple bacon donuts!).
Looking for fine chocolates to give as gifts or savor on your own? Pay a visit to 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.