MAGNOLIA Market: 22 Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Magnolia Market Silos white brick wall of Silos Baking Co. with bar stools, Parisian bistro chairs, and black and white decor. #magnolia #silos #bakery #fixerupper

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: 22 Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Finally! I finally visited Magnolia Market at the Silos of HGTV FIXER UPPER fame in Waco, Texas and am so excited to share these 22 smart tips to know before you go to Chip and JoJo Land! Magnolia Market was not my only first…this was also my first visit to Waco, and first trip to Texas! BTW. This is not a sponsored post – just my personal reflections as a Fixer Upper admirer and lover of modern farmhouse style.

It’s one thing to watch Fixer Upper episodes where all of the renovation and design action unfolds in and around Waco, and it’s quite another to see the rusty Silos and this farmhouse happy empire created by Chip and Joanna Gaines up close and personal. Fixer Upper Fanatics take their Magnolia very very seriously so there were crowds on the Friday and Saturday we visited Magnolia Market, and smiles all around.

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MAGNOLIA Market: 22 Tips to Know Before You Go!

Magnolia Market at the Silos outdoor cafe area near the bakery with Parisian bistro chairs and marble topped tables. #magnolia #visit #Waco

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

1. Visit on a weekday at a time close to 9 am or 6 pm.

Magnolia Market – 601 Webster Ave.

While there is never a bad time to visit and shop at Magnolia Market and the Silos in Waco, it is a popular destination for tourists to Waco on the weekend, so to avoid long lines, visit on a weekday close to when the market opens or closes. Also, you can park for FREE..Magnolia’s Free Parking lot has handicap accessibility and is connected to the Silos grounds. The entrance is on 8th street by CrossFit, Southwest of the Silos. Handicap parking is also marked along 6th street in front of the store.

The Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas of Fixer Upper fame. #silos #magnolia #waco #fixerupper

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

2. The Silos are smack dab in the middle of downtown Waco.

If you have seen footage of the Silos on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, you might think Magnolia Market and all the action is located in a rural area considering, um, there are real silos! But actually, the shop, garden, bakery, and all of it is in town, with Salvation Army shelters for men and women across the street, a private school right next door, and a metropolitan city with tall buildings around the corner.

Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco - the outdoor turf area. #waco #fixerupper #silos #magnoliamarket

Turf area for goofing off Chip style…MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Silos Baking Co. exterior at Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. Black shutters, barn style black lighting, white brick, and black and white decor. #silosbakingco #magnoliamarket #fixerupper

Very French inspired! MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

3. Get to Silos Baking Co. when it opens at 7:30 a.m.

The line to enter Silos Baking Co. bakery is always CRAZY long so you’re best bet is to get there when it opens at 7:30 a.m. (before the shop opens at 9 a.m.). Inside the bakery, you’ll be able to buy fan favorites like: “The Silos Cookie”, “The Prize Pig” bacon and cheddar biscuit, and the “Nuts & Bolts” cupcake. We were at the Silos on a Friday and Saturday, and there was never a moment where the line to enter the little bakery didn’t trail down the street…make sure you have water, a snack (Chuck’s popcorn, perhaps?), and pleasant company as you wait to buy cupcakes!

Magnolia Silos in Waco - Silos Baking Co. has a lovely outdoor patio with counter, bar stools, Parisian bistro chairs, and marble topped tables. #magnolia #silos #bakery

Patio area of Silos Baking Co. – MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Let’s talk about these Parisian style bistro chairs and industrial French style tables Joanna chose for the bakery. Want something very similar?

Black and white bistro chairs and marble cafe table at Silos Baking Co. at Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. #magnolia #silos #bakery #patio

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

 

Stacking Paris Bistro Patio Dining Chair #parisian #cafechair #chair #bistro #paris

French Bistro Chair: FIND HERE

French Industrial White Marble Top Round Bistro Table or cafe table #paris #bistro #table #marble

French Industrial Bistro Table FIND HERE

4. Take the free trolley to downtown shops Joanna frequents.

Trolley in downtown Waco at Magnolia Market. #magnolia #trolley #waco

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Garden shed with metal roof and cupola and raised garden beds at Magnolia Silos in Waco, Texas. #magnolia #garden #silos #waco

Visit the Garden area! MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

5. Visit the Magnolia Seed & Supply Shop, and look up at the lanterns!

Joanna’s vision was that the garden would be a space families could explore together and learn the lessons of the garden. There’s a wooden teepee to adventure under, beds filled with seasonal produce and flowers, and a garden shop, Magnolia Seed and Supply. This little shop sells gardening tools, flower-growing kits for the kiddos, fairy garden supplies, and unique vessels to plant in.

Magnolia Garden Seed & Supply at the Silos in Waco, Texas. Oversized farmhouse style white lantern pendant lights hang over rustic wood tables with garden decor. #magnoliamarket #fixerupper #garden #silos #lantern

Inside the Magnolia Seed & Supply shop…MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

I loved the white farmhouse style lantern pendant lights hanging in the garden shop, and I found them for us to buy!

White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light as Seen at Magnolia #farmhouse #lantern #pendant

White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant at Magnolia Market: FIND HERE

Another detail you’ll see repeated in Joanna’s designs…this corrugated metal awning on an interior window for farmhouse style with a charming industrial twist.

Corrugated metal awning inside the garden shop at Magnolia Silos in Waco. #magnoliamarket #silos #awning #garden

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

6. If  your journey to Waco begins near Plano/Dallas, try Kenny’s Smoke House.

We loved the ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, and of all the BBQ we enjoyed while in Texas (and we ate at a different joint EVERY single day!), Kenny’s Smoke House had our favorite delicious BBQ sauce!

5760 Legacy Dr #4, Plano, TX 75024 – (972) 473-7478

Kenny's Smoke House BBQ sandwich and deliciousness. #kennys #bbq #pulledpork

via Kenny’s Smoke House – MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

7. Bring a soccer ball or beach ball to play on the turf.

If the kids or family will be joining you at Magnolia Market, there is a great outdoor area with turf to play soccer and run around. It’s also the ideal place to lounge on black and white stripe beanbag lounge chairs.

The Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas - a charming turf area for children and families to relax and play! #magnoliamarket #silos #turf #fixerupper

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Indoor/Outdoor Vertical Stripe Bean Bag Chair Lounger #beanbagchair #stripes #blackandwhite

Black and White Stripe Beanbag Lounger Chair FIND HERE

8. Do not pass up CHUCK’S Salted Caramel gourmet popcorn!

I don’t eat popcorn often. Sort of. Except for Garrett’s in Chicago and CHUCK’S GOURMET POPCORN just outside Magnolia Market! It’s beyond. Trust.

Chuck's Gourmet Popcorn at Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. #chucks #popcorn

Must try gourmet popcorn! MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

9. Wear a small backpack or crossbody bag for shopping ease.

With the crowds inside the shop and so very many pretty things to touch and hold, you will want to have both hands at the ready!

Image result for calvin klein vanessa small crossbody handbag #crossbody #calvinklein #bag

Calvin Klein Vanessa Small Crossbody Bag: FIND HERE

What does the inside of the Magnolia store look like? Let’s take a peek…

The interior of Magnolia Market at the Silos with white subway tile, terracotta pots suspended from the ceiling, and farmhouse style decor. #magnoliamarket #silos #waco #fixerupper

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

 all sorts of pretty modern farmhouse home decor styled beautifully.

Interior of store Magnolia Market at the Silos. #magnoliamarket #silos #fixerupper

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Demo Day area of the store at Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. #magnoliamarket #silos #fixerupper

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

10. Free shipping on items doesn’t include packaging charges.

Before you checkout with your treasures in hand, keep in mind even if you qualify for free shipping, there may still be packaging charges which can add up. Explore Magnolia’s online shop to become familiar with is stocked online so you can shop smarter.

Magnolia Market shop at the Silos in Waco, Texas. #magnoliamarket #silos #fixerupper #waco

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

11. Eat an early or late lunch to avoid long lines at food trucks.

There are some tasty options offered by the food trucks at Magnolia (order the macaroni and cheese from CHEDDAR BOX and the cheesy grits from GUESS FAMILY BBQ) so definitely sample it…how cute is CO-TOWN CREPES’ tiny house?

Co-town Crepes little house at Magnolia Market in the Silos in Waco, Texas. #tinyhouse #magnolia

Co-Town Crepes at Magnolia Market – MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

12. Wear comfy shoes.

If you need super cute heels or wedges for photo opps, consider stashing them in your backpack to slip on for pics and wear comfy shoes while you shop. I saw more dangerously uncomfortable platform ankle boots on shoppers than I can say!

Converse Women's Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Casual Sneakers from Finish Line #converse #black #sneakers

Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers: FIND HERE

Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. #silos #magnoliamarket #Waco

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

13. When Magnolia Market is closed on Sundays, you can shop here…

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE: 1018 Austin Ave.

My pal, Amy of Waco’s NuGenesis Med Spa thought I would love this Austin Avenue shop, and she was so right! The selection of home decor and lovely apparel in this boutique had me swooning and inspired by the gorgeous styling.

Simply Irresistible in Waco, Texas. #waco

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

SPICE VILLAGE: 2nd & Franklin Ave. (OPEN 12-5)

A collection of shops (30,000 square feet!) with everything you didn’t know you needed to add a little zest to your life! Collegiate, kids, baby, home decor, men’s accessories, jewelry, souvenirs, bath & body, candles, clothing and more than 60 boutiques under one roof. Located in downtown Waco, TX for the last 20 years, this indoor market has a ton of treasures to peruse so be prepared since it’s huge!

Spice Village interior in Waco, Texas. #spicevillage #waco

Spice Village…MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Spice Village store interior in Waco, Texas. #spicevillage #waco

Spice Village – MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Spice Village in Waco, Texas. #spicevillage #waco

Spice Village…MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Spice village in Waco, Texas. #spicevillage #waco

Spice Village…MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

14. Find the exact t-shirts Joanna wears on Fixer Upper.

My husband snagged the Demo Day t-shirt, and I chose this Waco one:

Waco Shirt from Magnolia Market. #tshirt #magnoliamarket #waco

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

15. They love ’em some Jesus in Waco…

so expect to see Christian messages everywhere!

Old School Texas Barbecue...the same kind Jesus ate. #humor #bbq #Jesus #waco

Old School Texas Barbecue…The Same Kind Jesus Ate.

Not Today Satan. #spicevillage #waco

Ha! Typical Waco merch!

"All the Names of Jesus" - Art Print by Laura Bolter Design in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes. #jesus #christianity #print #art

All the Names of Jesus Art Print: FIND HERE

16. Eat at Rudy’s and Vitek’s for BBQ in Waco.

We loved the turkey at Rudy’s (2510 Circle Rd.) and the pulled pork at Vitek’s (1600 Speight Ave.) Like I said earlier, while in Texas, we sampled BBQ every day at least once!

Rudy's BBQ restaurant food including turkey, ribs, and beer. #rudys #bbq #waco

Rudy’s BBQ…MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Rudy's BBQ restaurant interior with red and white check tablecloths. #rudys #waco

Rudy’s BBQ…MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Rudy's BBQ food with turkey and ribs. #rudys #waco #bbq

Rudy’s BBQ turkey & ribs…MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

17. Live dangerously & visit the port-o-potty to avoid long lines.

The lines to the restrooms can be ridiculously long so do be brave like your girlfriend here and visit the clean port-o-potty.

Green vintage car at Magnolia Market at the Silos. #magnoliamarket #waco

MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

18. Visit Magnolia Table restaurant (which is not at the Silos).

It’s open for breakfast and lunch, and you can see lots of photos and learn the full scoop about Magnolia Table right here. Order the biscuits and strawberry butter! Magnolia Table: 2132 S. Valley Mills Dr./Open Mon-Sat, 6-3

Magnolia Table restaurant interior with black and white farmhouse decor. #magnoliatable #waco #fixerupper

MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

BONUS TIP for MAGNOLIA TABLE: I’m a scrambled eggs kinda gal, and you can customize your scrambled eggs to order here…from runny to medium to well. Am I just clueless and not getting out enough? This was news to me.

Menu at Magnolia Table restaurant in Waco, Texas. #magnoliatable #restaurant #magnolia #waco

Magnolia Table…MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

19. Spend the night at Hotel Indigo…a 3 block walk from the Silos.

Have you stayed at an Indigo Hotel? Here’s what I loved about HOTEL INDIGO WACO-BAYLOR (make a reservation here): the proximity to the Silos, the comfy beds, the Aveda products, the luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower, and the room’s design. Keep in mind since the hotel is near the downtown, you will be hearing a noisy freight train nearby…bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper since I heard it around 10 pm., 11 pm, and midnightish. Get the full scoop about my stay right here.

Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor guest suite with modern decor, blue walls and orange lamp. #hotelindigo #bedroomdecor #midcentury #modern

Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor…MAGNOLIA Market: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

Eukleides 32" Table Lamp #orange #modern #lamp

Orange Modern Lamp: FIND HERE

Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor exterior in Waco, Texas. #hotelindigo #waco #baylor

Hotel Indigo exterior…MAGNOLIA Market at the Silos: Best Tips to Know Before You Go!

20. While in Waco, visit NuGenesis Medical Spa.

I found my dermaplaning session from Jody to be deeply relaxing at NuGenesis (300 Richland West Circle – Waco, M-F 9:00-6:00). It was paired with a moisturizing mask, and while it didn’t take long, the results were richly gratifying and are lingering!

Staff at NuGenesis Medical Spa in Waco, Texas.

NuGenesis Medical Spa

21. Be aware Magnolia Farm (Chip and Joanna’s farmhouse) is not near the Silos and located along a 70 mph highway.

You can get a feel for the location of Magnolia Farm from this video I took driving past it, and I snapped these pics from the road:

Chip and Joanna Gaines farmhouse in Waco, Texas known as Magnolia Farms. #magnolia #farmhouse #waco

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse – Magnolia Farms in Waco, Texas

Magnolia Farms farmhouse home of Chip and Joanna Gaines in Waco, Texas. #magnoliafarms #waco #JoannaGaines

MAGNOLIA Farms in Waco, Texas

22. Consider taking a Waco Tour, and your guide may just be the bachelor from episode 3 who got two islands in his kitchen!

Yep we saw handsome at the Silos. You can even stay the night in his property renovated by Chip and Joanna right here…

Two island bachelor pad from Fixer Upper on HGTV: shaded front yard of a ranch with shutters in Waco, Texas. #fixerupper #renovation

Two Island Bachelor House from Fixer Upper in Waco, Texas

or the German Schmear house with that fabulous modern farmhouse kitchen!

Dahlonega Slat Rocking Chair

Country Slat Rocking Chair: FIND HERE

German Schmear house kitchen with modern farmhouse decor: white subway tile, blue cabinets, waterfall island, and bar stools. #fixerupper #renovation #modernfarmhouse #kitchendesign

German Schmear house kitchen on Fixer Upper in Waco, Texas

Brantner Industrial 1-Light Mini Pendant #barnlight #farmhouse #pendant #modernfarmhouse

Industrial Farmhouse Pendant Light: FIND HERE

BONUS TRIVIA about WACO, TEXAS you never knew you wanted to know!

Famous types tied to vicinity of Waco beyond Chip and Joanna? Dorie Miller (navy war hero portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. in Pearl Harbor) , Heloise (of Hints from Heloise),  Terrence Malick (director of The Thin Red Line), Willie Nelson, Thomas Harris (author of the Silence of the Lambs; went to Baylor), Peri Gilpin (actress from Frasier), David Crowder Band,  Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

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HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL VISIT TO MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS!

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Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. April 3, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Thanks for the tour Michele! I feel like I’ve been there! What a phenomenon Chip and Joanna have become.

    • April 3, 2018 / 11:17 am

      Happy to take you along with me, Holly! Thanks for reading, friend. 🙂

  2. April 4, 2018 / 8:38 am

    That was a nice post. Although I have no desire to go there, my friend went and said her tip was to go during the five months of no/low humidity because the Silos shop was not air conditioned and in the 100 degree heat it was difficult to shop. I see Jo’s new cookbook has recipes from the restaurant.

    • April 4, 2018 / 8:44 am

      That’s an excellent tip, Colleen. Since I had never been to Texas, I was surprised by the humidity even in late winter – thanks so much for reading, and I hope you are well!

  3. April 5, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Wow, I think you covered everything! I do want to make it there someday…..pinning this until then.

    • April 5, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks for pinning, friend! I hope you visit – it’s one of those things that only takes a day and even with the crowds, is pleasant enough. 🙂

  4. April 7, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Wow. Michele you really out-did yourself with this post. I literally felt like I was there. My first reaction is that it seems like a Disneyland experience for the DIY/Home Decor crowd. You definitely have to endure the massive crowds, don’t you? How fascinating that you can see the Chip and Joanna’s home from the road too. The way they film it I assumed it was in the middle of rural land….miles from being seen by outsiders. I’ve never been to Texas so it was fun to browse your photos and read your thoughts. It sounds like you’re on vacation. Also, thank you for your comment on my blog post. I do admire how you begin each day. I am still working on that, half of my mornings I manage to start with a prayer/meditation time the other half I’m off and running. For me, being aware of my inner voice first thing in the morning is a good way to draw myself back to me and the present moment… A kind of mindfulness act I guess.
    hugs to you wherever you are….:)
    Leslie

    • April 7, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      Thanks for reading, Leslie! This was my first trip to Texas so a lot of firsts! This trip didn’t feel like vacation since blogging is a full time gig now, but I followed that trip up with a road trip that was ALL FUN and laughter and no worries which totally filled me up and re-energized me. There is nothing like a road trip and God’s beauty to bring you back to life. About the meditation thing: I began doing the first thing in the morning contemplative thing many many years ago and just didn’t call it anything besides my time with God. The morning works well because for me, that is when I can come empty, whereas at night, I am more often weighed down with any cares and fatigue. I’m not a model for centering prayer since I still often struggle to get still, but even those failures are wins in a sense – they humble my ego and are clues as to my deep needs and how much I cling even when I know the joy in letting go. Your blog posts always come packed with inspiring avenues for me to travel. xox

  5. Tracy
    April 8, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Thank you for this post Michelle!! I even forwarded it on to a couple friends who have Waco Tx on their bucket lists. Appreciate you.

    • April 8, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks for that kindness, Tracy! Happy Sunday. 🙂

  6. Jann Olson
    April 8, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    We just went to Magnolia in March. It was three firsts for me as well. Visiting TX, Waco, and Magnolia. I wish I had these tips before, but we still had a great time. We went on a week day and the crowds weren’t bad. When we first drove past it the line at the bakery was wrapped around the corner. By the time we parked, two blocks away and walked there we were just at the end of the sidewalk. It moved very fast and we had our goodies in no time. I bought items in the garden store and the market store. Didn’t have to wait long. I paid in the lower section. The upper part of the store the line was much larger. We visited a couple antique shops and I found some treasures. Ended up eating from the food trucks and didn’t go to the restaurant. That was on our list, and I wish we had. It sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • April 8, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Hi Jann! Great tip about paying for items in the lower store, and I am happy to hear the bakery line moved quickly. It was pretty slow for us! I’ll meet you at Magnolia Table anytime. xox

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