Hello friends! I hope you are having an awesome start to your week! Yesterday, I woke up at 6am and it was go, go, go until I fell asleep late last night. Adulting is hard with all the household things we have to keep up with like bills and taxes and groceries and car registration. There are not enough hours in the day! But, of course there are, it’s a matter of prioritizing and GSD! 😉
Today, I’m taking you to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. My mom and I made a day trip out of it last fourth of July and really enjoyed it. The town is now not only famous for being the home of Baylor University, but also for hosting Fixer Upper, the HGTV show starring Chip & Joanna Gaines in their quest to take the “worst house in the neighborhood and turn it into a family’s dream home.”
Magnolia Market at the Silos is the Waco Wonderland, sitting on nearly 5 acres and attracting 30,000 people a week. It features a shopping complex with food trucks, garden, bakery and grassy lawn to play or relax on.
I’ve got loads of photos to share with you, as well as everything we did while we were there, beyond the Silos! First up, here’s some information to help you plan your trip. I’ve been twice now, and here’s what I’ve learned.
Location & Hours
The Silos are located at 601 Webster in Waco, Texas (between Dallas and Austin).
The market is open Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The bakery is open Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday) from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Best Time to Visit
Early morning or in the hours before they close are the least busy (shortest lines!) It’s busiest around lunchtime and on Saturdays. I thought the 4th of July holiday would be packed, but it wasn’t at all! We didn’t have to wait in any lines!
As far at the best time of year to visit, it’s popular year round, but very hot in the summer. The town is also known to be more crowded during college football games, so you might want to consult the sports schedule.
Where to Park
There’s a free parking lot connected to the Silos on 8th street as well as lots of street parking. You can also park downtown for free and take a 10 minute ride to the Siles on the Silos District Trolley.
If you’re with a large group in an oversized vehicle, you can park at the lot on 5th St and Webster. Parking is on a first-come-first-served basis and costs $10 for the day.
Where to Eat in Waco
Magnolia Table – the Gaines’ restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, they close at 3 p.m. (but may stop taking reservations before that). You can get takeout until 4 p.m.
Health Camp – serving burgers, malts and shakes
Twisted Root Burger Co. – family friendly, fun atmosphere with specialty burgers and all kinds of fries
Ninfa’s – for TexMex and margaritas
Rudy’s – for barbeque and they also have breakfast tacos (opens at 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. if you’re hungry later)
George’s – a Waco tradition and people rave about the chicken fried steak
What Else to Do in Waco
Little Shop on Bosque – Joanna Gaines’ original shop with discounted items (closed Sunday)
Harp Design Co. – Clint Harp (Joanna’s cutie pie carpenter’s) showroom
Cameron Park Zoo – reasonably priced too
Dr. Pepper Museum – yep, it’s a real thing!
Hey Sugar Candy Store – to satisfy your sweet tooth
Spice Village – a shoppers delight with more than 60 boutiques under one roof. I could spend hours there! We tried to go on 4th of July, but they were closed. 🙁
Every season, they change out the decor in the market to match the time of year. The planning takes months and it’s always a sight to behold.
There’s even a space dedicated to the more manly things.
SILOS BAKING COMPANY
I’m so glad we got to stop inside the bakery this time since there was no wait! You receive a paper to order from when you enter, pay at the counter, then wait for your name to be called with your order. You may enjoy your drink and treat in the outdoor patio with comfortable bistro seating.
Everything we ordered was delicious. The cupcake was so moist and flavorful!
Directly across from the Silos is the beautifully manicured lawn where you can sit, relax or throw a ball with the kids.
It was a little hard to get excited about an $8 iced tea, but honestly, it was so good and refreshing and you get to keep the cute glass mason jar it’s served in.
If you head toward the back of the grassy area, you’ll find the hidden gem – Magnolia Gardens. There’s a lively greenhouse, lush flowers and the Magnolia Seed + Supply, Co., a cute garden shop that’s sure to inspire your own green thumb.
Less than 10 minutes from the Silos, is Magnolia Table, the Gaines’ new restaurant. It’s already a hotspot with a long wait, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of pretty space to wait in- or you can grab a snack or coffee while you wait.
We didn’t want to wait, so we went to In & Out burger instead. They don’t have those in Houston!
LITTLE SHOP ON BOSQUE
Before the vast Magnolia Market space, there was what’s now called the Little Shop on Bosque, Joanna’s first store that opened in 2003. It’s since been reopened and sells slightly damaged items at a discount.
MAGNOLIA MARKET HOME DECOR
If all this Magnolia Market talk has you ready to redecorate your home top to bottom in chic farmhouse decor, you’re in luck. You don’t have to head to Waco to get the cozy look and feel! You can find Joanna’s home decor line at Target and even Amazon!
Now that I’ve been to Magnolia Market twice in the summertime, I’m itching to go at the end of the year when it’s all decked out for the holidays. I hear that this year the Gaines’ are planning a $10.4 million expansion, with a wiffle ball field, splash pad, more shops, gardens, and renovating/relocating an old church.
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Have a great day friends!