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Waco City Guide

Published on June 25, 2019

Our city of Waco, Texas has a rich and interesting history and is home to some of the most hospitable, friendly people you will ever meet. One of our most-asked questions from guests is where they should plan to eat, play and stay while visiting. There is no shortage of things to see and do in our home city, so let us show you around!


We’ve loved having visitors come see our properties, not just at the Silos but all over town! Here’s a full list of Magnolia places to eat, shop, play and stay here in Waco.

**Magnolia Market at the Silos // shop
**Our shop located on the Silos grounds.

**Silos Baking Co. // sweets
**Our bakery at the Silos filled with housemade pastries and cupcakes. Just a few steps away from Magnolia Market.

**Magnolia Press // drinks
**Our coffee shop just down the block from the Silos on Webster Ave.!

**Magnolia Table // eat
**Our breakfast and lunch restaurant specializing in fresh ingredients and American-style dishes. For our to-go selection, check out our coffee walk-up window and Take Away + Market. Located a few miles from the Silos.

**Magnolia’s Little Shop on Bosque // shop
**The original home of Magnolia Market that offers last chance items at a discount. Located a few miles from the Silos.

**Hillcrest Estate // stay
**A historic home turned vacation rental, renovated by Magnolia.

**Magnolia House // stay
**A historic home turned vacation rental, renovated by Magnolia.

**Carriage House // stay
**A historic home turned vacation rental on the Magnolia House property, renovated by Magnolia on Fixer Upper.


Waco has a variety of shops, each with unique styles and the friendliest of owners! If you have time, stop by all of them.

January Letterpress
A collection of paper goods and gifts.

**Brazos River Supply Co.
**Men’s store featuring lifestyle items and gifts.

**Clasé Vintage & Goods
**thrifted and vintage fashion

**Cultivate 7Twelve
**A small art gallery offering local art and artisan goods for sale. Also hosts farm to table dinners, yoga, dance classes, live music and art workshops.

Fabled Bookshop & Cafe
An independent bookstore and cafe.

Carefully curated items for hosting and entertaining at home.

Harp Design Co.
Handmade furniture and handcrafted home goods.

JDH Iron Designs
Custom metal art designs from wall art and home decor to custom projects.

**The Praetorian Building
**Find shops like BRU coffee, Summer Ellis Jewelry and Paper Crown on the ground floor of these historic lofts.

**Roots Boutique
**A boutique selling clothing, accessories and unique gifts.

**Spice Village
**A collection of over 60 clothing and decor boutiques under the same roof.

**Wildland Supply Co.
**A clothing and gift boutique in downtown Waco.


From one-of-a-kind small antique items to furniture, here are just a few of the most popular antique stores in town.

**Cameron Trading Co.
**Two floors of antiques, collectibles, and vintage items.

**Savage Finds Antiques & Oddities
**An eclectic mix of antiques and decor.

**Shops on LaSalle Avenue
**A collection of antique shops within a two-mile stretch.


Whether the afternoon calls for a slow stroll in the park or exploring a museum, you can find something on this list you will love.

**Cameron Park
**Over 400 acres of forest and walkable trails overlooking the Brazos River.

**Cameron Park Zoo
**A 52-acre natural habitat zoo the whole family can enjoy. Located within Cameron Park.

**Waco Suspension Bridge and Riverwalk
**A great spot for a stroll along the Brazos river

**Waco Hippodrome Theatre
**A long-standing but recently restored movie theater presenting new and classic movies, plays and concerts, plus in-theater dining in downtown Waco.

**Dr Pepper Museum
**A museum just a short walk away from the Silos where you can learn about the oldest soft drink in the United States and how it started right here in Waco.

**The Mayborn Museum Complex
**Baylor University’s natural science and cultural history museum with fun, interactive activities for kids of all ages.

**Waco Mammoth National Monument
**Paleontological site and museum showcasing the fossils of 24 Columbian mammoths and other mammals.

**Waco Downtown Farmers Market
**Local artisans and vendors offering fresh produce, goods, coffee and food. Note: only open on Saturday in downtown Waco.

**Waco Escape Rooms
**A team-based game where players solve puzzles and find clues within one room in order to escape in a limited amount of time. A fun activity for the whole family!

**Waco Tours
**Explore the hidden gems that make Waco unique with their guided tour options.


With a wide variety of restaurants in Waco, there are options for everyone on this list! Be sure to check open days and times on their website or social media before visiting.

**Alpha Omega Grill & Bakery
**Casual counter-serve mediterranean grill and bakery.

**Barnett’s Public House
**Classic pub food and drinks.

**Cafe Cappuccino
**Serve breakfast, brunch and lunch.

**Cafe Homestead
**Serve American-style breakfast and lunch dishes using locally-sourced ingredients.

**Cajun Craft
**Relaxed counter-serve restaurant featuring Cajun classics such as crawfish & fried chicken.

**Cricket’s Grill & Drafthouse
**Local drafthouse and grill featuring a from-scratch menu.

**Texas-style chophouse serving steaks, seafood & sushi plates in an upscale setting.

**Friday's Seafood + More
**Seafood market + more

**Guess Family Barbecue
**Old School BBQ + homemade sides.

**Harvest on 25th
**Unique, local and nutritious menu items. Vegan and vegetarian friendly.

**Hecho en Waco Mexican Cuisine
**Fine Mexican food within walking distance of the Silos.

**Helberg Barbecue
**Traditional Central-Texas style barbecue.

**Jake’s Texas Tea House
**Retro, diner-style eatery serving classic Southern fare.

**Lolita’s Restaurante
**Mexican eatery specializing in breakfast burritos & tacos.

**Mac House
**Gourmet mac ‘n cheese, grilled cheese, salads and more.

**Mamaka Bowls
**Fresh smoothie bowls, smoothies, and juice.

**Milo All Day
**A southern farm-to-table style restaurant with a modern aesthetic.

**Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria
**Artisan pizza restaurant offering Neapolitan-style, thin-crust pies.

**Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant
**Lively option for Mexican dishes. Good for large groups.

**Olive Branch Bakery & Cafe
**Coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch bites served in a relaxed, warehouse-style space.

Revival Eastside Eatery
A selection of Texas-sourced and house-made salads, sandwiches and burgers located in East Waco.

**Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe
**A local favorite restaurant serving sandwiches served on freshly baked bread, plus salads and soups.

**Slow Rise Slice House
**New York-Style pizza shop and a spacious outdoor patio, attached to another location of Common Grounds coffee shop

**Well known for their breakfast burritos, lunch plates and Mexican seafood.

**A cafe and boutique under one roof.

**Stone Hearth Indian Cafe
**Modern Indian eatery using fresh ingredients to make classic and unique Indian dishes.

**Torchy’s Tacos
**Restaurant serving Mexican-street-food-style tacos.

**Union Hall — A Community Eatery
**Offering 20+ diverse dining options under one roof.

**Waffle Chic
**Savory + sweet waffle food truck | check out their instagram to see where they are located.

**William Hoyt Bagel & Brew
**Waco-based bagel shop located in a food truck | check out their instagram to see where they are located

**Vitek’s BBQ
**Local landmark serving classic Texas barbecue.

**310's Kitchen
**Open air BBQ bistro.

**900 Degrees Pizzeria
**Specialty pizza restaurant near the banks of the Brazos. Also a food truck at the Silos!


Whether a leisurely morning cup of coffee or a quick, fresh pressed juice to go, these are spots that can help fuel your day.

**Common Grounds on 8th
**A Waco-favorite coffee shop and live music venue.

**Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits
**A building split into a coffee shop on one side and craft cocktails on the other.

**Luna Juice Bar
**Fresh, cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

**Pinewood Coffee Bar
**A neighborhood coffee bar serving local, fresh roasted coffee.

**Oh My Juice
**A bright cafe offering a wide range of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and snacks.

**THRST Coffee
**A family-owned coffee business roasting their own beans, available for shipping and local delivery. Find their coffee cart at the Waco farmer’s market on Saturdays.


From locally made ice cream to fresh baked pastries, your sweet tooth will be satisfied at any of these favorites.

A homemade cookie shop.

**Heritage Creamery
**Local, handcrafted ice cream shop right next to Common Grounds on 8th street.

**Hey Sugar Candy Store
**A unique candy store with old fashioned ice cream, gourmet popcorn, retro sodas and gourmet chocolate and large selection of bulk candy.

**Lula Jane’s
**Freshly baked pastries and desserts with a rotating daily lunch special. Stop in to see their onsite vegetable, herb and flower garden.

**Mo Cookies
**Old-fashioned cookies using high-quality ingredients.

Nightlight Donuts
A mobile donut truck that pops up all around Waco.

**Pokey O’s Waco
**Ice cream and freshly baked cookie sandwiches, plus milkshakes, sundaes and more.

Whether you’re finding a place to eat lunch or creating your own full on Waco weekend, we hope that your time here is full of fun and new experiences. We can’t wait to host you in our home city!