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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 the big, small town. Let’s visit Waco!
I’m sure most of you instantly thought of Chip and Joanna Gaines when you read the word “Waco.” Unless you thought of David Koresh… but hopefully that’s not what comes to mind when you think of Waco. Chip and Joanna have done so much for Waco over the years, but Waco has a lot more to offer outside of Magnolia. Waco is so many things and you’ll quickly learn that most of their establishments are more than meets the eye. Of course, if you DO want to visit Magnolia while you’re there, check out this post for more info.
Austin.com is and always has been a site that celebrates and promotes the unique people and places of Austin, TX and surrounding cities. Though many businesses, locations, and events are closed at this time, we continue to highlight those things so that you can plan to experience them in the future.
Here are five places we recommend when you visit Waco!
Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits
Dichotomy is Waco’s premiere third-wave coffee shop. They feature a traditional espresso menu using local beans from Apex Coffee Roasters. The menu also features unique items such as the “1885” – espresso and Waco’s own Dr Pepper, over ice. Dichotomy doesn’t just serve coffee, they also serve spirits, specialty cocktails, and whiskey flights! On top of all that they also have a rooftop deck with a stunning view of downtown Waco. If you love coffee and a warm atmosphere add this place to your list!
Spice Village is 60 boutiques under one roof! So it’s literally a one stop shop. Within its 30,000 square feet you’ll find everything from; home decor, men’s accessories, jewelry, souvenirs, bath & body, candles, clothing, and more. Located in downtown Waco for the last 20 years, it’s a Waco staple you can’t miss.
Fabled Bookshop was & Cafe
We absolutely love independent bookstores and this one is no exception. Located in the heart of downtown Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe offers new books, a cafe serving coffee, food, beer and wine, unique toys and gifts, as well as a private event space. Books, wine, and a whimsical atmosphere? This sounds like like a book lovers dream come true, or at least for us grownups.
Union Hall is the perfect spot for when you want ramen but the person you’re with wants tacos. It’s almost like a sophisticated food court. With over twenty food vendors you’ll have plenty to choose from. The eatery also offers community style dining.
Yet another all-in-one establishment, the Hippodrome is a movie theater, a dinner, and a bar. All three aspects of the Hippodrome are housed in a three story landmark that has been around since 1914. The Raleigh Diner is on the ground floor, it’s a casual diner with a movie themed menu! Then there’s the Hightop Bar on the third floor with cozy vibes and scenic downtown views. It’s everything you need in one spot, much like the city of Waco itself.
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. Oh, and if you’re into European inspired towns, check out this tour of Texas!
Featured photo courtesy of @wacohippodrome.