Guide To Visiting Magnolia Market, Waco, Tx

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Magnolia Market at the Silos, or just Magnolia Market as the locals call it, is one of the most incredible places in Waco, Texas.

kalyra and savannah sitting under welcome to magnolia silos sign

This huge, industrial-style complex was once part of the Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Company, but is now a huge shopping complex made famous by its two 120’ high silos – and their famous owners from the reality TV series, Fixer Upper.

But visiting Magnolia Market is more than just a place where fans of the TV show can see where it all began, but a place where you can shop for boutiques, play games on the lawn and enjoy live entertainment.

In this guide, I’ll be sharing my best tips and favorite places in the Magnolia Market, including the Magnolia Table and more!

About Magnolia Market and Fixer Upper in Waco Tx

iron Magnolia sign on the silos waco texas

Magnolia Market was made famous by its celebrity owners, Chip and Joanna Gaines from the reality TV show, Fixer Upper.

In case you do not know anything about Magnolia Market, The Silos, Magnolia Table and Fixer Upper, it is an extremely popular renovation show on HGTV.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are a married couple from Waco Texas who take the worst house in the best street and turn it into their dream home for their clients.

Chip is the demo guy and the builder. Jo is the extraordinary designer.

Together they make a great team and are super cute, sweet and funny.

Chip and Jo handprints in concrete slab

Although they had their own renovation and design business before Fixer Upper, the show has elevated them to celebrity status and they now have a Magnolia Empire that consists of their own home furnishing line, a bakery, restaurants, a magazine and best selling books.

Waco Texas is where Chip and Jo live and is the setting for the show Fixer Upper.

They have helped put Waco back on the map. It is no longer THAT place you heard about many years ago with the cult madness.

We only had half a day to spend in Waco Texas following the Fixer Upper Trail. And we only visited for that purpose but would love to come back and explore the many fun things to do in Waco beyond Fixer Upper and Magnolia Markets.

We enjoyed its young hipster modern vibe.

It was my Mum who introduced us to Fixer Upper. She watched it with the girls when minding them once and they excitedly told us about this lady who designed beautiful homes.

caz and her mom standing in front of silos
with mum at the Silos

When we were preparing to move over to the US from Australia, we’d visit Mum and Dad each week for dinner and a Fixer Upper catch up.

We’d laugh at Chip and wow at Joanna’s modern and elegant design skills. “I want her to do our house one day … when we get one,” I used to say.

So when Qantas started direct flights to Dallas, I planned a one-month road trip with my parents and told them to fly into Dallas so we could visit Magnolia Markets in Waco Texas and follow the Fixer Upper and Chip and Jo story.

Things to Do at Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market is not just a place to shop. It has so much more to offer, including places to eat, relax, play and explore.

Here are some of the best attractions in Magnolia Market you should not skip.

1. Dine at Magnolia Table, Waco Texas

Magnolia Table sign on subway tiled wall

We wanted to start our day at Magnolia Table in the remodelled Elite Café, which Chip and Jo opened in March 2018.

“I think that’s the best bacon I’ve ever had,” I said after my first bite.

Dad didn’t waste much time eating his after that.

We don’t know what they did to it, but it was sensational.

exterior of white Fixer Upper magnolia-table restuarant

“Oh that’ is really good. I think that’s the best bacon I’ve had in a decade.”

The perfect mix of salt, fat, and subtle smokiness. The sausage was equally delicious: made in house and is flavorful and moist, but not too oily.

And you know how much we love our lattes. Magnolia Table served up creamy coffee that perfectly balanced the flavors.

It was one of the most Australian tasting coffees we’ve had in the US. Because we know Australia does them best! 🙂

All the dishes at Magnolia Table is sourced locally, and you can tell.

The signature dish at Magnolia Table are Jo’s Tater Tots sprinkled with chives and parmesan cheese. Although it may not look like it, the breakfast is filling.

Magnolia Table breakfast food waco texas

When we left we agreed that it was one of the best breakfasts we’d ever had.

Magnolia Table has been touched by the Chip and Jo effect – farmhouse style, sprinkled with class and sophistication.

Every element is designed with intention – how does it help create the mood and tell the brand story – even down to the wooden pencils and coloring sheets that come with the kids menu.

Signs in that elegant black and white typography remind you that you are welcome,

“Where everyone has a seat at the table.”

There’s an emphasis on community at Magnolia Table.

The ‘good ole days’ where people gathered around the table for conversation and hearty, yet delicious meals made with love from the garden.

A circled message on the menu invites you to leave your phones in the leather pouches hanging up on the wall beside the table.

The conversations flowed for us, particularly with the staff. The staff were enthusiastic and authentic in their engagement and spent time talking with us.

It was a delightful way to start our day in Waco Texas and indicative of the kind of people Chip and Jo are.

We fell even more in love with this Fixer Upper dynamic duo and so inspired by their innovative and visionary spirit.

family sitting at magnolia table restaurant

A couple of nights before we visitied, we watched the renovation of the Elite Cafe into Magnolia Table on Fixer upper Season 5.

It was so cool to see its transformation knowing we had been part of the finished product!

  • Magnolia Table is at 2132 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76706
  • Open 6 am – 3 pm daily. (Further tips on visiting Magnolia Table below.)

2. Check Out The Silos, Waco Texas

savannah standing in front of silos

The Silos represent what great visionaries Chip and Jo are.

If you watch Fixer Upper, you would have seen the transformation of the the run down silos into an entertainment and retail space.

At the moment, there is nothing in the Silos; the attractions are built around it on the block of land.

According to a police officer securing the property, Chip plans to turn the inside of the Silos into a man cave so he can offer something to his male Fixer Upper and Magnolia fans.

I was surprised by the number of men wandering around looking like they were having  a fantastic time – my Dad included!

kalyra playing cornhole s

Surrounding the Silos is a wide open green space. Jo has added her small touches to it, with a section for games and a container filed with soccer balls and corn hole equipment.

You’re invited to play and pack up after yourself when you’re done. Corn hole is one of Savannah’s favorite games so we played it for awhile.

Once again, the objective is to bring families and friends together experiencing good ole fun.

There’s also a space off the green grass with picnic tables and swinging chairs.

If you arrive early you’ll more than likely get a chance to sit in it and enjoy the ambience. If you’re hungry, the perimeter of the Silos are a number of food trucks offering a variety of options.

savannah and kalyra on swing in garden at silos
Food trucks at The Silos, Waco, Texas

3. Purchase Some Seeds at Magnolia Seed & Supply

row of plants for sale at Magnolia Seeds

At the back of the Silo is a garden to wander through with a small log cabin to purchase Juniper and Magnolia seeds.

I hope you can replicate something similar at home. I’m dreaming of it when I finally get a home … one day.

Jo and Chip have inspired me to maybe move in that direction.

For now, we were happy smelling the flowers, drinking water from the old horse trough and then sitting on the wooden mushroom logs in the old naked tipi.

kalyra and savannah sitting inside naked tipi s

4. Visit the Magnolia Bakery (Silos Baking Co)

line outside magnolia bakery

Jo’s cupcakes are legendary.

So much so that queues can be over two hours long. Thankfully we only had a five minute wait.

Magnolia Bakery is organized with efficiency and bright smile. Minute considered details makes all the difference in the Magnolia world.

As you join the Magnolia Bakery queue, you’re handed an order sheet to make the process flow. By the time you reach the front of the queue you are ready to pay and collect.

people inside a cafe

The girl’s cupcakes were light and fluffy. If you are a cupcake lover, you’ll be happy to wait for these.

My only disappointment was there were no gluten free cupcakes. There were gluten free cookies, but I don’t like cookies. My mouth watered and my eyes cried looking at those cupcakes.

magnolia bakery cupcake on table

The bakery building is worth looking at without the cupcakes.

The European inspired design feels like you’ve stepped over into France. It’s minimalistic and inviting and has gorgeous views of the Silos in the background.

There’s a small garden area to the side for you to rest and eat. Try to nab the wooden stools under the sign for a great photo opportunity.

people sitting outside magnolia bakery

And in between the bakery and the silos is this great hashtag photo opportunity for your Instagram.

I love the girls in this one.

kalyra and savannah posing under miles to magnolia sign

5. Shop At Magnolia Market at the Silos

people sitting at tables outside a cafe

When I finally get my own place, I’m driving to Magnolia Market to buy all the furnishings. I might just bring back Jo with me to put it altogether!!

The Magnolia home store is a wonderful store. It’s filled with the style and essence of Jo.

Chip’s essence is not ignored either. He has his own section dedicated to the men called Chip’s Corner.

chips corner sign at Magnolia Market

I generally don’t have patience to shop, but I loved browsing through all the homeware pieces in the store.

It’s the kind of home decor you’ve seen on the show and ranges from kitchen items to rugs and wallpaper.

The steel wall plaques on display by Jimmy Don were the most eye catching pieces in the store for me.

There are also T-shirts and hats in the store with the Magnolia Table. I couldn’t help but pick up a tank I have admired Jo wearing many times on the show.

candles and flowers inside Magnolia Market

And my sweet girls plotted together to buy me a beautiful notebook and sweet smelling Magnolia candle for Mother’s Day. It made my day.

Here are a few other things to do at the Silos that are new since our visit:

6. Drink Coffee at Magnolia Press

If you need a coffee to refuel, then the Magnolia Press coffee shop does some excellent coffee.

The point of Magnolia Press is to pick up a coffee and enjoy it as your browse the store.

It looks like an industrial library, and even though the idea is to grab a coffee on the go, you’ll want to sit around for a while and admire the decor – or sit outside on the patio.

7. Shop for Women’s Clothing at Reverie

Reverie is a women’s clothing store that has boutique, contemporary pieces. It’s the kind of fashion you would see Joanna wearing on Fixer Upper.

8. Shop for Jewelery at Vie Bien Aimee

Vie Bien Aimee is a shop selling artisan bath and body products. You can find some moisturisers, face creams, and other skincare and beauty tools.

9. Shop for Accessories at Tried and True

Want some accessories to go with your new clothing? Head to Tried & True which has bags, hats, jewelery, belts and other accessories.

10. Shop for Plants at Ferny’s Retro Plant Shop

If you are looking for some new plants to add to your home, then head over to Ferny’s (previously Juniper & Crew).

It’s owned by Jo’s little sister and offers a place to shop for plants in a quirky, fun and retro environment.

You can also find jazzy pots to go with the plants, too.

11. Get some Stationary at Chapter one

Need a birthday card? How about a new journal? Head to the Chapter One store to find stationery sets and arts and crafts goods.

12. Shop for Men’s Clothing at No. 16

As well as offering men’s clothing, you can also find other manly goods such as camping items and woodworking tools.

Opening Hours

Magnolia Market is open Monday – Saturday from 9.00am – 6.00pm. They are closed on Sundays.

It is located in downtown Waco, just 2 miles from Cameron Park Zoo.

Other Fixer Upper Locations in Waco

If you’re also a fan of the show and want to see more Fixer Upper locations in Waco, here are some other places nearby to explore.

See Discounted Items at Little Shop on Bosque

Although not in the Magnolia Market complex, Little Shop is worth checking out.

It’s the discounted supply store where you can find discounted Magnolia items. It’s housed in the first retail shop by Chip and Jo before they rose to fame.

Harp Design Co

people walking into harp design studio

Everyone knows Clint Harp from Fixer Upper. He creates feature woodwork pieces for the homes Chip and Jo renovate.

He has his own store and workshop in Waco Texas. He also now has his own DIY TV Show!!

kalyra looking at table of home products

I love seeing how Fixer Upper has helped so many other people thrive in their own business. What a wonderful story and positive ripple.

Next door to Harper Design is Clint’s House, which was also renovated on the show on season one, episode 11.

You can take pictures and admire the featured door, which Clint made. It’s eye catching.

Clint has turned this into a Bed and Breakfast you can rent when you visit Waco Texas.

Clint Harper House Waco Texas Fixer Upper

We picked up a beautiful map from Harper Design with the words Wander written over the top. And a wooden heart shaped bowl for Savannah.

822 North 15th Street, Waco

Magnolia House

mum and dad posing magnolia house Fixer Upper Waco Texas

Magnolia House is the Bed and Breakfast Chip and Jo renovated in season three of Fixer Upper.

It’s about a 20 minute drive south west of Waco Texas in the downtown McGregor area.

We stopped in on our way down to San Antonio. We were surprised by how small the block of land is compared to what it looks like on TV.

You also see the Carriage House down the back that was fixed up on the show for the managers of Magnolia House.

It’s a charming home. You can rent it out, but is usually booked months, if not a year in advance.

Apparently it’s okay to pop over and take a few photos!

323 South Madison Ave, McGregor TX

JDH Designs

You can also visit Jimmy Don’s workshop, who does all the metalwork designs for the show.

It’s located about 20 miles west of Waco so was too far of a diversion for us.

9685 North Lonestar Parkway, Crawford TX

The Brazos River

caz and her mom stqnding on Waco Suspension bridge

Wander over the  the pedestrian Waco Suspension Bridge which spans the Brazos River, the longest river in Texas.

You’ll see the bridge and river in many of the B-Roll shots of Fixer Upper.

But, the bridge has a story of its own.

It was part of the Chisholm Trail, a trade route trod by millions of heads of cattle in the 19th century. On the northern shore of the bridge near Indian Spring Park, is a herd of larger than life bronze cattle sculpture.

savannah in front of bull sculptures

If you feel the braided steel cables and stout brick tower look familiar, then cast your minds eye towards the Brooklyn Bridge.

The cables were furnished by John A. Roebling from New York, who built the Brooklyn Bridge.

There are a few food trucks scattered around the foreshore of the river.

For die hard Fixer Upper Fans, you can do a tour of Waco, Texas and the Magnolia empire, including visiting some of the homes that were featured on the show.

The owners of the Waco Tours were actually on the show and had homes renovated. See prices, availability and more reviews here.

Places to Eat Near Magnolia Market, Waco, Tx

Unfortunately, we only had half a day so didn’t have time to explore the other things to do in Waco, Tx that doesn’t involve Fixer Upper.

But if you have more time, these are a few eateries nearby that you should check out.

Common Grounds

car outside drive through at common ground

Common Grounds is a café that Jo has visited before on the show.

It is in the Baylor University area and was full of students on lap tops studying for their final exams.

The Cowboy Coffee is Jo’s favorite and made famous because of the show. I’m not sure what it is. It has a secret sauce and is labelled as sweet so I stayed away from it.

I like my coffees strong and bitter – no sweetener allowed.

family sitting at table in garden

There’s a lovely outside seating area, a small porch in the front and plenty of comfy couches inside.

There’s a backyard stage turning it into an indie concert venue with bean bag chairs.

Heritage Creamery

orange combi van with waco made ice cream handpainted sign

Next door to Common Grounds, is an independently owned and locally operated ice cream store, Heritage Creamery.

Everything is 100% all-natural and made in their shop using fresh, top-of-the-line ingredients with no additives or preservatives.

savannah with ice cream cone

We popped in there to grab the girls an ice cream while we sat in the back garden of common grounds enjoying a coffee.

Tips for Visiting Magnolia Table & Magnolia Market

Visiting the Silos Waco Texas Fixer Upper
  1. Arrive early. Magnolia Table, especially on the weekend, can have up to 4 hour wait times. The restaurant opens at 6am. I’d arrive not long after that. Better yet, make a reservation in advance.
  2. After breakfast at Magnolia Table, head straight to the Silos and Magnolia Bakery which can also have lines up to two hours long.
  3. Start lining up for the bakery immediately. You can easily wander around the Silos and Magnolia Market at any time.
  4. If you’re afraid of the traffic circle out the front of Magnolia Market, come off the I 35 and turn onto the frontage road – check name – and enter the parking lot from the back entrance.
  5. There are plenty of warnings about the traffic circle out the front (roundabouts) We have them everywhere in Australia, so we weren’t worried about it. American’s aren’t that used to them so often don’t know how to drive on them! There are warnings not to try and cross it on feet if you park outside of Magnolia Table.
  6. Parking is limited at Magnolia Table, another good reason to arrive early. You can take the free LaSalle Circle Shuttle bus from the Silos to Magnolia Table. It runs every 30 minutes or so from 9am to 6pmMonday through Saturday. That way, you can park once and still visit Magnolia Table.
  7. While you are waiting for your table at Magnolia Table, take your photos and visit the gift shop.
  8. You will get a text when your table is ready, so have a phone with you. It comes in handy if you do have a four hour wait. You can go into Waco and visit the Silos while you wait.
  9. Wednesday is the quietest day at Magnolia Table and the Silos in Waco Texas.
  10. Everything looks smaller than what you see on TV. So be prepared. I thought the Silo area looked much bigger on TV with less around it. Same too with Magnolia House. We were expecting it to be on a large block of land.
  11. You can stay in a number of the Fixer Upper homes that have been converted into B&B’s
  12. Bring your camera. Capture the beauty of Chip and Jo’s designs, the delicious food, and Silo Selfies.
  13. You might want to read some of the Magnolia stories before you visit:
    • The Magnolia Story
    • Capital Gaines: Things I learned doing Stupid Stuff
    • Magnolia Table: A collection of recipes for gathering.

They are on my reading list. I am subscribed to the quarterly Magnolia Journal which I love. Mum now has my stack to take home to her.

magnolia cookbook Joanna Gaines

Where to stay in Waco Texas

We continued on to stay at the Emily Morgan Inn in San Antonio so don’t have personal experience for accommodation in Waco. From our research and professional travel judgement, we can recommend the following. You can also use the map to search for places to stay in Waco.

  • Hotel Indigo Waco: We love the Hotel Indigo brand; You’re guaranteed boutique sophistication that fits with community personality. This is the closest hotel to Magnolia Market at just a 10-minute walk. at Hotel Indigo.
  • This Newly Remodeled home inspired by Magnolia’s own Fixer Upper show. Open concept 3Bd 2Bth; stocked Kitchen. Spacious Backyard where you can have a delicious barbecue and relax next to the fire.

Video: 10 Things to Explore on the Fixer Upper Trail

Final Thoughts on Visiting Magnolia Market, Waco

Waco has definitely been transformed because of Chip and Jo and Fixer Upper. We loved strolling through the market and seeing all the visitors out and about, playing on the grass, enjoying picnics and listening to music.

It’s wonderful to see and look at how many local people have been employed and the spill over effect for other local businesses.

Waco is a vibrant thriving area with a lot of cool things to offer. We’d love to return and explore more, but for now, we feel content having been able to explore Magnolia Market.

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