Are you looking for something sweet during your time in Madison? Don’t know where to start searching? Well, don’t fret! Here are a few dessert shops you won’t want to miss out on!
1. Greenbush Bakery
This family-owned bakery has been a staple in Madison, Wisconsin since 1966. Unlike most bakeries that close at five, Greenbush is open until midnight most days of the week. If you’re looking for someplace with quick and friendly service and great doughnuts and danishes, Greenbush Bakery is the place to visit. We all know downtown parking can be a bit of a pain sometimes, but Greenbush thankfully has a designated parking lot just behind their building. Oh, and it’s free! Could you ask for a better deal?
2. Batch Bakehouse
If you are searching for a french inspired bakery with croissants to die for, Batch Bakehouse is the place for you. They serve specialized baguettes, cheese Ficelles, artisanal loaves of bread, and more! The moment you walk in, you’ll feel as if you’ve suddenly traveled to a patisserie in the heart of Europe. Some must trys if you pay them a visit would be the ham and gruyere croissant, their mini butter cake, and the triple threat cookie!
3. Asian Sweet Bakery
The treats within Asian Sweet Bakery are some of the best eastern delicacies in Madison. If you want a truly authentic Chinese dessert, you will not be disappointed if you stop in. Their red bean sweet rolls are on a whole other next level, and their steamed/baked buns are nothing but delicious. Not to mention the excellent and friendly service!
4. Monona Bakery And Eatery
If you want something sweet and savory, come downtown to one of the best bakeries on the south side. Their menu varies from scrumptious European crepes to Costa Rican style tamales and tacos. If you want something more original, you can also enjoy a simple danish and coffee. Monona Bakery is located right next to one of the giant sparkling lakes that border downtown, so along with great food, you can also enjoy a great view!
5. Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Pie, pie, and more pie! Perkins is especially known for its richly cream and fruit pies. From their basic cherry to their more extravagant peanut butter silk, the options are endless. There is also a portion of their dessert menu called “Ice Cream Dreams,” and the name couldn’t be more accurate. Their shakes and malts are also worth every penny. Order yourself a side of french fries and you’ve got yourself a meal worthy of championships.
6. La Concha
This bakery is not for those with small stomachs. La Concha is known for its locale Mexican bread and authentic pastries, as well as their colossal portions. Along with sweets, the can also serve you up chicken tortas and steak quesadillas. La Concha has an easy-going family-friendly environment that makes you never want to leave. And with all of the food available to you, why would you?
7. Insomnia Cookies
This late-night bakery is for those who crave warm, gooey cookies at 1am and don’t feel like venturing out to retrieve them. Insomnia has a speedy delivery service that makes eating cookies the easiest thing possible. Centered right in the heart of downtown Madison, they can deliver their delicious cookies anywhere across the isthmus. But don’t forget to order a glass of milk on the side!
8. Madison Sourdough
This bakery is another french inspired shop with a gourmet breakfast, lunch fare, and a coffee bar with a wide selection. If you want something a little more outlandish, their red-eye gravy biscuits are a dish worth salivating over. Looking for the perfect wedding cake? Madison Sourdough is also especially known for catering such joyous events, and have been doing so for the past decade. This bakery truly has it all and is definitely worth trying out.
9. Gigi’s Cupcakes
Gigi’s offers some of the best gourmet cupcakes in Madison, as well as cookies stuffed to the brim with frosting. Wanting something gluten-free? Well, Gigi’s can certainly accommodate. Want something chocolatey? Their Midnight Magic Chocolate Cupcake is one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. This cupcake is baked with devil’s food cake with chocolate chips baked inside it, and then topped with chocolate buttercream and sprinkled with chocolate chips. Another personal favorite would be the classic strawberry cheesecake cupcake. Absolutely divine. And affordable! What more could you ask for?
10. Lakeview Bakery & Deli
One of the hidden gems in Madison, Lakeview Bakery & Deli has a wide selection of your basic baked goods, but at a super affordable price that you can’t beat. This bakery is the perfect place to sit down with a good book while eating a slice of their infamous strawberry cream cake.
11. Stella’s Bakery
Stella’s bakery is a unique little shop on the eastern side of Madison, Wisconsin. It is conveniently located one mile north of our famous Capital City Trail. And what perfect way to end a hike than by stopping in for a baked good as a reward? I know if I had just gotten done walking up a storm, all I’d want is something sweet to fill my stomach. But then again, that’s just me. Stella’s bear claws, cherry danishes, and spinach Empanadas will sure to fill you up in no time. Not to mention their spicy cheese bread is absolutely to die for.
12. Bloom’s Bake Shop
Last but not least on our list, we have the lovely Bloom’s Bake Shop! The second you walk into Bloom’s you’ll come to feel right at home. The staff is never anything but friendly and will do everything in their power to ensure you get the right dessert to meet your needs. They have everything from peanut butter cookies and birthday cakes to their bacon stuffed donuts and biscuit sandwiches. At Bloom’s, you’ll certainly never go hungry!