It was an exceptionally beautiful spring day when I visited Waco, TX. Like so many fans of Joanna and Chip Gaines of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper, visiting Magnolia Market was on my “to do” and “to see” list. When the opportunity came, I made the two hour drive from Austin to Waco. The straight drive along I-35 was pleasant and scenic especially with the Texas state flower, the bluebonnet, blooming along the road.
My Magnolia experience started with breakfast at the recently opened Magnolia Table. Located 2.6 miles from Magnolia Market, the restaurant was formerly known as Elite Cafe which was a well loved piece of Waco history. I just had to come because I wanted to see first hand Joanna’s design magic and to taste some of their farm-to-table offerings.
I started with a good cup of cappuccino and finished with a generous serving of french toast with a side of what tasted like fresh strawberries whipped in real butter.
I arrived at the Market at the Silos at around 8:30 which gave me time to pick up some cupcakes at the bakery. I chose Shiplap, Lemon Lavender, Strawberries N Cream, and a limited edition confetti cupcake to celebrate Joanna’s 40th birthday.
The doors to the market opened promptly at 9:00 am and the place, even on a weekday morning, filled up very quickly. The market is hands-down a total eye candy offering plenty of ideas and inspiration for one’s home.
For plant lovers, there is a garden place behind the silos where the scent of roses and vibrant colors of snapdragons welcome you.
Here are some quick tips when visiting Magnolia Market & Silos Baking Co:
- The Market is closed on Sundays
- Monday mornings can be busy – weekend visitors who did not get to finish their shopping often come back on Monday morning
- Best time to visit is during the week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or late afternoons
- Go to Magnolia Table early! Breakfast is worth it and the servings are generous!
- There is a shuttle available from Magnolia Table to the Market (pick-up place and time, however, were not super clear)
- Sign up for the Waco Tours for a nice overview of Waco – the owner and staff are friendly, fun, and informative!
- PS — Read The Magnolia Story before you go