About 1 1/2 hours south of Dallas in Waco, TX is Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market. Here are four things to expect when you visit the HGTV stars’ latest project.
What’s not to love about Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper? The adorable, family-focused couple has just the right mix of talent, humor, and business sense to earn the title of home improvement power couple. About two years ago, the Gaines’ opened the Magnolia Market at the Silos in their hometown of Waco, Texas.
I paid full price for the food at the Magnolia Market and always share my honest opinions.
Here are four things to expect when you visit the Magnolia Market:
1. A well-designed, beautiful space
Every house featured on Fixer Upper looks absolutely amazing when Chip and Joanna are done, so it’s no surprise that Magnolia Market is quite lovely. The large outdoor space between the market and the food trucks includes a grassy area, lawn games, awning-covered picnic tables, swings, and music. I also enjoyed the Seed + Supply shed and was in awe of the surrounding gardens.
Pro Tip: Don’t pay for parking! If you arrive on Webster Ave, you may see signs suggesting that it’s $5 or $10 to park. Keep driving! If you go around to 8th Street, you’ll see an entrance to a free parking lot connected to the Magnolia Market property.
2. A Fantastic Assortment of Food Trucks
Combined with the grassy, outdoor area, this was my favorite part of the visit. We arrived a little later in the day, and some of the trucks were closed. That didn’t stop my daughters and me from sharing a selection of gourmet grilled cheese from The Cheddar Box and a dessert crepe from Co-Town Crepes.
Pro Tip: Each food truck has its own business hours, so check out the details here before you go. Plus also, the Magnolia Market is closed on Sunday.
3. There Will be a Long Line at the Silos Baking Company
The line is reported to move quickly, but since we had a chance to try some of Ree Drummond’s goodies at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile earlier in our trip, we didn’t wait. In hindsight, I’m sad I missed it, because I’ve heard that everything at the baking company is amazing!
4. The Actual Market Might Disappoint You
While others have raved about their experience, the Market was much smaller (and hotter) than I expected. Instead of the amazing, one-of-a-kind antique gems used to stage homes on the show, the displays seemed to showcase a shallow assortment of expensive items made in China.
That said, I really am glad that I got to experience the Magnolia Market. If you’re passing through Waco, I recommend it as a stop — especially for a bite to eat and place to stretch your legs — but I wouldn’t make it a travel destination.
Pro Tip: See the self-guided Magnolia Trail Tour put together by the Waco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Stops include a selfie with a life-size cut-out of Chip and Joanna, the original Magnolia Market on Bosque Blvd, and many of the shops featured on Fixer Upper.
What do you think? Have you visited The Magnolia Market and SIlos? Share your experience below in the comments section.
Don’t just take my word for it! Here is what other bloggers are saying about The Merc:
- Little Vintage Nest has close to a million amazing photos from Sarah’s trip to Magnolia Market (okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration…)
- Cindy’s post over at DIY Beautify can fill in all the SIlos Baking Company details that I can’t since I didn’t wait in line
- Does Rachel think you should make a special trip to visit Magnolia Market? Read her blog post and see.