Plan A Day Trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos- Waco, TX

Naturally, I think everyone relates Waco, Texas  to Chip & Johanna Gaines. Popular for their television show Fixer Upper on HGTV, Chip and Johanna have turned their business’ headquarters into a tourist attraction bringing new tourism to the little-ish Texan town of Waco.

Magnolia Market at the Silos features a two city- block wide market and bakery on the grounds of an old oil company. The history behind the silos is charming and the market is exactly what would imagine aesthetically from Chip and Johanna. The couple has built an empire from the ground up- from flipping houses to expanding their brand nationwide with Magnolia Baking Co.  and Hearth and Home, a Target exclusive home design line. But I’m sure you already know all about Chip & Johanna, which is why you should see the beautiful Magnolia Market at the Silos for yourself. Throughout the  year, Magnolia Market hosts several events such as Spring Weekend, Silobration and even a marathon where they invite several outside vendors to their fairgrounds. These events are beautiful, but can be super packed and hardly enjoyable. I recommend taking a day trip to the Silos on a non- event weekend or weekday to browse the market in peace.

Magnolia Market at the Silos features a garden feed and seed shop, food trucks, the Magnolia Bakery and of course the market (where you can also shop online). Street parking is easily accessible or you can take the trolly for an adventure! You can tour the silo grounds, visit the shops, enjoy snacks and beverages and hang out on the lawn- there is something for everyone at the silos (even pups!) They are also expanding this summer, I anticipate the grounds will look even more beautiful with Chip and Johanna’s unique style. #shiplap

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Though Chip and Johanna do have a restaurant and antique store outside of the silo grounds, contrary to popular belief, Magnolia Market at the Silos is not the only destination in Waco! There’s plenty more to explore in a weekend or even tackling downtown Waco for the day if you’re up for a few snacks and shopping! 

Eat:

Brazos Grill
Billy Bob’s Burgers
Cajun Craft
Chowtown- food truck park
Coach’s XXX Smoke BBQ
Diamondbacks
George’s Restaurant & Bar
Half Time Restaurant  & Bar
Health Camp- burgers & shakes, not what it sounds like lol
Honky Tonk Kid BBQ
Hecho en Waco- Mexican food
Hightop at Hippodrome
Jake’s Texas Tea House
Lolita’s Tortilleria
Luna Juice Bar
Magnolia Table
Milo All Day- southern comfort food
Oh My Juice
Portofino Italian Restaurant
Raleigh at the HippodromeSascee’s Southern Eatery
Shorty’s Pizza Shack
Stone Hearth Indian Cafe
Torchy’s- tacos you must try if you’re not familiar with their other locations
Z’s at the Curry

Drink:

Austin’s on the Avenue
Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill
Backyard Saloon
Bare Arms Brewing
Barnett’s Public House
Brazos Bar & Bistro
Balcones Distillery
Country Spring Vineyard and Wine Garden
Cricket’s Draft House & Grill
Kissing Tree Vineyards
Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro
Pinewood Public House
Sloane’s
Southern Roots Brewing Company
The Warehouse
Trojan Cork & Keg
True Love Bar
Twisted Root Burger Co.
Valley Mills Vineyard
Waco Ale Co
Waco Winery & Tasting Room

 

Coffee: 

Bru Artisan Coffee Works
Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits
Lighthouse Coffee & Wine
Lula Janes- coffee and baked goods
Magnolia Press Coffee Co.
Pinewood Coffee Bar

Sweets:

Bittersweet
Heritage Creamery
J-Petal- Japanese crepes and Thai ice cream
Olive Branch Bakery & Cafe
Silos Baking Co.
Subzero Nitrogen Ice Cream
What about Cupcakes?

Do:

Baylor University sports games
Boardwalk on Elm- food truck
Brotherwell Brewing
Cameron Zoo
Cameron Trading Co- unique shoppes
Carleen Bright Arboretum
Dr. Pepper Museum (Texans are obsessed with Dr. pepper)
Fine Art Gallery
Homestead Craft Village
Magnolia Trail- tour homesteads and local businesses
Putter’s
Shopping downtown- small shops boutiques featuring home goods, clothing, handmade items, etc.
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum
Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Waco Adventure Tours
Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market
Waco Hippodrome Theater
Waco Pedal Tours
Waco Riverwalk
Waco Suspension Bridge & Cattle Sculptures
Water sports on the Brazos River

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As always, the list is categorized and in alphabetical order. If you have any other recommendations, I’d be happy to include them in this guide!

See Also:

The Ultimate Guide to Austin, Texas!

Nashville: Music City

California Dreamin’

Adventures in Brooklyn

One Day in Manhattan

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