- July 8, 2020

Here’s Why You Should Visit Lockhart Town Square

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All Summer long, we’ve been taking you to some of our favorite Texas towns squares! We’re back this week to take you to Lockhart, Texas.

Lockhart has several claims to fame. In 1999, the Texas Legislature proclaimed Lockhart the “Barbecue Capital of Texas” so make sure you snag some from one of the four major barbecue restaurants while you’re there. The Caldwell County Courthouse is absolutely stunning. You may recognize it from being featured in various TV shows and films, including Waiting for Guffman and most recently the HBO series “The Leftovers.” Lockhart is located just about 30 miles from Downtown Austin.



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Here are five places we recommend for your getaway to Lockhart!

Chaparral Coffee
106 East Market Street
Serving the good people of Lockhart, Texas since 2015. Chaparral Coffee is more than just coffee. Recently they’ve transformed into a bodega with fresh deli meats and cheeses, artisan cheeses, local milk, local eggs, and over a hundred pantry staples. But first, coffee!

Take Care Apothecary
106 North Main Street
Take Care was started in 2018 by Lauren Hess as a way to combine her interest in herbs & nutrition with helping people in a retail setting. Quickly growing out of the first location, Take Care moved to Main St in late 2019. Ever expanding, along with all your favorite products, you can now find kombucha on tap, tea to go and more coming soon! 

Photo Courtesy of @takecareshoptx

The Culinary Room
101 East San Antonio Street
The Culinary Room has it all. Chef prepared meals, keto-friendly goods, fresh baked goods, and more. You can even custom order a cake! The options are endless.

Photo Courtesy of @theculinaryroom

Manny Gammage’s Texas Hatters Inc.
911 South Commerce Street
Millinery shop offering custom cowboy hats, signature straw, felt combos and many other styles. This hat shop has been owned by four generations of the Gammage family dating back to 1926! Their hats have been worn by many famous celebrities including the cast of The Walking Dead.

Photo Courtesy of Texas Hatters

Black’s BBQ
215 North Main Street
The Black family has been actively serving the barbecue community for over three generations, originally making a name for themselves at the Black’s BBQ family-owned restaurant in Lockhart, the barbecue capital of Texas! They now have four locations, New Braunfels, Austin, San Marcos, and the original in Lockhart.

For more of our favorite Texas town squares, check out our full list here.

Please remember that guidelines for COVID-19 are constantly changing. Travel responsibly and take precautions for both yourself and your fellow Texans. Find out about Covid-19 updates and closures in Lockhart here.