There is nothing better than traveling to new cities with your childhood besties. My friend recently moved to Austin, Texas and my friend and I had the best time visiting her in December. I always wanted to visit Austin since it is a foodie’s dream and the city did not disappoint! It was my first time visiting Texas so it was great to not only explore Austin but visit Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas too. Tacos, laughs and Fixer Upper bliss with my two favorite gals. Read on to see what we got into!
Fresh off the plane, we touched down in Austin and immediately went to eat tacos, naturally. We went to Torchy’s Tacos where we ate copious amount of chips and guacamole. I had a breakfast taco with smoked brisket, Verde sauce, eggs, cheese and potatoes. Thank you, Austin for the warm and spicy welcome.
We walked around downtown Austin and popped into a few shops. When dinner time crept upon us, we went to a well-known Tex Mex placed called Matt’s El Rancho. I highly recommend if you are visiting Austin! We had delish queso with seasoned ground beef and guac, more tacos, chicken quesadillas and amazing prickly pear margaritas. We were quickly in a Tex Mex-icoma.
We had just enough room in our bellies for apple pies the size of miniature muffins at Tiny Pies. The perfect late night sweet treat.
Early the next day, we geared up for the 2 hour drive to Waco, TX a.k.a. Magnolia Wonderland. If you have never seen the show Fixer Upper on HGTV, go binge watch it all immediately. Chip and Joanna Gaines flip houses in the small town of Waco turning some rough looking houses into true gems. Chip does all the handy work while Joanna puts her trendy farmhouse chic spin on everything. If you are fans of the show like us, then you are aware that everything Joanna Gaines touches turns to gold and Magnolia Market in Waco is basically a home décor haven for females everywhere. Needless to say we were pretty pumped.
Our first stop at “The Silos” was the bakery where we wasted no time hopping in line for cookies.
I picked out a gingerbread cookie cream pie and about died. Definitely don’t skip the bakery! It is worth the wait in line.
We had so much fun exploring Magnolia Market and the Silos during Christmas time. Along with the bakery and the market, they have plenty of food trucks, outdoor games like corn hole and a shuttle that takes you to their restaurant Magnolia Table.
After we visited Magnolia, we walked around downtown Waco where we visited some shops, book stores and the Spice Village, which is a giant indoor flea market of sorts. You could easily spend hours in there looking at all the different crafts, antiques, jewelry, clothing and more. We were starving by this point and decided to try this little sandwich shop called Schmaltz’s.
Holy ef. If you are ever in Waco you must eat here! As you walk in it does not appear to be anything show stopping, but the smell of fresh baked bread trumps all of that. Along with their bread they bake fresh everyday, they have amazing sandwiches and soups that take you straight to your happy place.
After lunch we strolled along the walking bridge that crosses the beautiful Brazos River. It was such a gorgeous winter day!
We couldn’t leave Waco without visiting at least one of the houses on Fixer Upper. We did some sleuthing and found one that was close to the Silos. The episode where they redid this shotgun house was one of my favorites (Season 3, Episode 14, fyi). It looked just as beautiful in person as on the show!
After leaving Waco to return to Austin, we got ready for our night on the town. Austin has an amazing bar scene. We hopped into several bars and clubs along Rainey Street. My favorite was a circus theme joint called UnBARlievable. It even had slide inside the bar. Drunken sliding? Count us in. Plus, every bar had a taco truck outside. Yasss.
The next day we recovered before heading out to explore more of Austin. When they say “Everything is bigger in Texas” I think they were referring to their capitol building. It was ginormous and also beautifully detailed inside and out.
Austin is full of murals and artwork in general. It is such a funky and just plain cool place. Not to mention super pet friendly which is always a plus.
We explored some thrift stores, walked a lot and ate lunch at this amazing little spot called The Soup Peddler. It is a cute walk-up soup and sandwich place with honestly some of the best soup I have ever had. If you are wanting a change up from the Tex Mex and BBQ, this is a great option!
I was sad our quick girls trip to Austin and Waco was ending, but I will definitely be back to try more bomb food and drinks and explore even more of this cool ass city.
Thanks for reading and “Stay weird!”