Waco, Texas has become quite the hot spot since Magnolia Market, Chip and Joanna Gaines’s store, came into town. As fans of HGTV’s popular show, Fixer Upper, flock to the market, they find other hidden gems in Waco, too. Grab the family, some girlfriends, or roll into town solo and get ready for some great shopping, food, and fun! Lots of shopping. Check out these hidden gems in Waco. There’s more to it than Magnolia Market!
Hidden Gems in Waco
Fans of Fixer Upper, I’m sure you’ve heard of Waco, Texas. If you’re like me, you’ve thought about moving there, so your besties Chip and Joanna can renovate your home. I mean, those house prices, though. Okay…so it probably won’t happen. Next best thing: road trip! Here are some things to add to your Waco list.
I’m a big, dorky fan of the show, so Magnolia Market at the Silos is my favorite. I dream of Shiplap, try to copy Joanna’s farmhouse style, and adore Chip and Joanna’s relationship. I even geeked out when I saw Joanna’s mom working in the store one Saturday, and yes, I had to ask for a picture.
Walking into Magnolia Market, I want to buy all the things! I used to live in Texas and would make a trip to the Silos regularly. Every time I went things were changing. At first, the store was just one small open room. They are constantly rearranging things to add more merchandise and create more shopping space.
There is also a warehouse with bigger items such as some furniture, t-shirts, metal and wooden signs, a children’s section with Joanna’s collaboration with Matilda Jane, and even a shipping station!
TravelingMom TIP: I wouldn’t say it’s stroller friendly though, so leave them at home if you can.
My tip is to get to the Silos early or stay late until it closes. One time, I got there at store opening, then left and did other shopping and eating around the Waco area, and returned about 60 minutes prior to closing. It was so nice to have space to browse right before closing time. I could just stand in front of the display and repeatedly ask myself, #Shiplap shirt or Magnolia Market shirt? When it gets really crowded, they will control traffic inside the store and only allow a certain number of people in to shop. So you could be waiting in line outside for a while.
Saturdays are always busy. If you can visit during the week, then I would recommend it. If not, no worries, you’ll still have a great time, but be prepared for crowds. Parking is free if you can find a spot on the street. There are parking lots close by that charge around $10. I’ve never had to pay and will drive about two blocks away past the Silos.
My girls (ages 11 to 3) love a good Magnolia trip, too. They usually play on the lawn outside with my husband while mama shops. The lawn is in the center of the property and set up with games, toys, bean bag chairs, and swings. And food trucks! They love a good food truck, especially when they offer crepes. You can tell Joanna and Chip really want this to be a place where families can spend time together.
Last year, they added the Silos Baking Co. on the property as well. The cupcakes are scrumptious, and I found the other pastries to be hit or miss.
Waco, Texas Shopping
If you need home items, you’ve come to the right town. Right down the street from Magnolia Market is a store called The Findery. They have a similar style as Magnolia with the addition of clothing and a children’s section.
Junque in the Trunk (cute name, right?) is another popular spot. I once tried to visit on a Monday. No bueno. They are only open Thursday-Sunday. When I returned another time, I found all sorts of creative pieces of decor and furniture. They’ll even custom make different items.
If you want to find some rare treasures and hidden gems in Waco, then Spice Village is for you. It’s a 30,000 square foot landmark, built in 1908, with more than 90 shops under one roof. It’s amazing, and there’s something for everyone. Yes, I did buy old-school baseball stadium seats there to turn into a bench. Because HGTV inspired me, dang it!
And if Goodwill stores are your jam, then Waco’s your place. Ask me how I know. We visited three all within a few mile radius. My friend Sarah really likes Goodwill stores.
Where to Eat in Waco
If you want something quick, because your kids are starving and you’re taking way too long at Magnolia Market (solidarity, moms), then grab some grub at one of the food trucks at Magnolia. Cheddar Box is delicious! You can also get the cupcakes from Silos Baking Co. outside in a truck. If it’s a short line, then I recommend buying them there if there’s a long line inside.
Torchy’s Tacos is my favorite place for tacos. It’s not unique to Waco, but it’s definitely worth a stop. Across the street from Torchy’s is a Steel City Pops. They may seem like a regular popsicle, but the flavors are rich and creamy. They have exotic flavors, too, but I’m a chocolate girl. The last time I visited I stopped by Steel City Pops 3 times!
We also took a gander out to Café Homestead, which is ¡riquísima! It’s about a 15 minute drive from Magnolia Market. They use local, natural, organic ingredients, and you can taste the difference. It’s part of Homestead Heritage, an agrarian- and craft-based intentional Christian community. They offer tours, activities, and shopping. You can learn how they make cheese and get samples. Who can say no to cheese?
Dr Pepper Museum
Texans love their Dr Pepper, y’all. If you want a quick stop with the kids to explore the rich heritage of Dr Pepper, then stop by the Dr Pepper Museum. Or you can also just say, “Hey kids, come learn about this, and I’ll buy you a soda.” It’s cute, and something fun to do while you’re in town. And education, folks. Parenting at its finest.
Waco is a lovely town with a lot to offer. Don’t overlook it the next time you’re in Texas as there are many hidden gems in Waco just waiting for you to explore. If you’re visiting in the summer, bring lots of water. It’s hot in Texas, y’all! Muy, muy caliente. Also you can close your eyes, and just imagine Joanna saying, “Are y’all ready to see your Fixer Upper?” Just me?