I recently took a trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. You know the place, Waco’s newest landmark, made famous by Fixer Upper’s Joanna & Chip Gaines.
I was in Texas for a photography workshop with twelve other women photographers. If you didn’t know that I am also a photographer in addition to being a blogger, you can find me over on my photography website or Instagram.
I flew into Dallas, and made the drive to Waco in an awesome sporty Mazda CX-5. I was comfortable in the CX-5 as I made the nearly 2 hour drive to Waco from Dallas. I cranked up the AC, plugged my iPhone into the USB port to blast some of my favorite tunes, and opened up the sun roof. As a mom of three small boys, it’s not often that I can really enjoy the act of driving somewhere, never mind driving alone! It was actually really relaxing to drive on the mostly open roads, in my Mazda CX-5 admiring the beautiful wildflowers along the Texas highway, as I made my way to Magnolia Market.
Tips for visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX
- Parking situation – There’s a lot of options for parking at Magnolia, and I found a street space near the Findery. There’s also a large gravel lot directly behind the market for customers to park.
2. Dealing with crowds – I quickly walked over to Magnolia and saw that the line for Silos Baking Co. was rather short! I only waited a few minutes to get inside. Hurray! (Keep in mind this was a Thursday afternoon in May) I hopped in line and browsed the menu. I picked up a dozen cupcakes for my soon-to-be housemates on this trip. The women I was traveling with said some of them waited quite a bit longer to get into the bakery, as the line was wrapped around the corner when they got there. When we returned on Saturday evening as a group, the line to enter Silos Baking Co. was considerably longer. My recommendation is to try to visit during a weekday if you’re able.
3. Come hungry – My best friend told me this before my trip, as she had visited last year. There’s a bunch of delicious food trucks in the courtyard of Magnolia Market. I was given strict instructions to try mac n cheese from Cheddar Box. I ordered the Big Jim mac n cheese, and OMG. It was legit the best thing of my life. Find their whole menu here so you can plan (dream about) what you’ll get before you go.
4. Shopping & shipping – It’s a wise idea to leave room in your suitcase (or even bring an empty one!) to handle of of your amazing purchases that you’ll definitely be making at Magnolia Market. Yes, lots of the merchandise is available online, but some is not! Plus, who doesn’t like seeing things in person before they buy them?! There’s also shipping available right inside of Magnolia Market if you decide to send things back home and not drag them around Texas with you!
5. Stay and play – the outdoor area of Magnolia Market was made to be enjoyed. There’s plenty of seating if you want to hang out, lawn games to play, and places to relax. It’s really an oasis in the heart of Waco. Grab a sweet tea from Alabama Sweet Tea (or two! Bonus – the Mason Jars are yours to keep with only $2 refills!) and pull up a seat, and enjoy the Texas sun and breeze.
Big THANKS to Mazda for providing the AMAZING CX-5 for me to drive during my trip to Magnolia. It was a dream to drive, and my Bardominium house-mates also enjoyed being driven around in style as we rode over to Magnolia Market! (Yes, we stayed at THE Fixer Upper Bardominium!! I’ll share more about it in another post, stay tuned!)