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Does Magnolia Market Live Up to the Hype? My Visit to The Magnolia Market Silos in Waco, TX

Does Magnolia Market Live Up to the Hype? My Visit to The Magnolia Market Silos in Waco, TX

Magnolia Market is one of those places I've seen on TV but never really expected to see in person. We made a stop to the Magnolia Market Silos in Waco, TX in January 2018 and this is my review of the experience.

Magnolia Market From The Outside

I will be honest with y'all: I am not a die-hard fan of HGTV's Fixer Upper show. I'm not obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines; I don't live for farmhouse decor; I don't feel like my life would be complete if I owned a piece of decor with the Magnolia Market branding prominently displayed. I say that right off the bat because I want to be clear that I’m not a fangirl, but I’m not a hater either. I don't have anything against farmhouse decor or shiplap–I love black and white and a mix of antiques… moderation is key, right?

But Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX is not about moderation. Be warned: Farmhouse decor and unexplained quaintness ahead.

Magnolia Market Bakery

I love this black and white sign, but I wasn't about to stand in line to be photographed with it. These girls look like they're having a ton of fun with it!

At Magnolia Market, Even Picnic Tables By The Food Trucks Are Perfectly Decorated

At Magnolia Market, even picnic tables near the food trucks are decorated with centerpieces.

To give you a feel for what this place is like in person, it reeeeally gives off the Fixer Upper vibe. Everything is perfectly branded, right down to the “lawn” which is more like a well-groomed blanket of turf. The staff is very friendly (as you'd expect them to be) and grounds are kept very clean–there is staff continuously picking up any stray trash. There is Christian music playing on the speakers, and there were lots of people taking selfies with the actual Silos–struggling to get JUST the right angle to include the silos, the Magnolia sign, and themselves in one shot.

The Silos And Lawn At Magnolia Market In Waco

This couple's selfie game is strong

Magnolia Market At The Silos In Waco Tx Review Of My Visit

Typical Fixer Upper fashion: perfect lawn, perfect dirt, white exterior, a touch of black, a bit of metal, and two big ol' rusty silos in the middle of it all.

On a recent family trip to Dallas, TX, we had some time to kill one day, so we headed to the Magnolia Market Silos in Waco to see this place in person. We spent about an hour there–just enough time to grab some lunch at one of the Magnolia Market food trucks and explore the Magnolia Market itself. If you’re thinking about making a trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX or you’ll be in the area and want to stop by, here are some tips and observations (with tons of pictures sprinkled in)!

By the way, for anyone curious, I shot most of these photos with my Canon 70D (DSLR camera), and some on my iPhone X. If you're curious about what this place looks like on video, check out the video I'll be posting on the VidProMom YouTube channel tomorrow.

Magnolia Market Food Trucks

There were several food trucks available with all different types of food. I'm glad that the food trucks are described in detail on the Magnolia blog because we knew ahead of time which one we wanted to order from. Honestly, I would have liked to spend all day and try a little from each one but I don't think my family would have enjoyed that as much as I would have.

Magnolia Market Food Truck Captain Billy Wizzbang's Burgers

Magnolia Market Food Truck Caramel

Magnolia Market Food Truck 900 Pizza (brick Oven Pizza)

Magnolia Market Food Truck – Club Sandwhich (asian Fusion)

Magnolia Market Food Truck Luna Juice

Co Town Crepes Food Truck At Magnolia Market

The only long line we saw was at the Cheddar Box food truck. Of course, that's the one we wanted to hit up for lunch! But the line moved pretty quick.

Cheddar Box Food Truck at the Silos

The food from Cheddar Box was good, but not extraordinary. I had the “Mr T”–lemon rosemary and white cheddar Mac & Cheese. My daughter ordered a regular kid's grilled cheese which was mild cheddar on sourdough.

Mr T Mac & Cheese From Cheddar Box Food Truck At Magnolia Market

Cheddar Box Food Truck Menu

Honestly? The menu was a little bit frou-frou. I say that with love. I guess I’m a Mac & cheese purist: Sharp cheddar is all the flavor mac and cheese really needs.

Like I said, good, but not extraordinary. The drink selection was pretty strange though: Diet Coke, Rootbeer in a glass bottle, or different flavors of sweet tea. Including Unsweetened sweet tea. Figure that one out.

There are TONS of places to sit and eat, either at a picnic table with a striped umbrella (my choice) or under the large pavilion.

Magnolia Market Review

This is taken right near the parking area.

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Inside Magnolia Market

Inside Magnolia Market

This place was packed. It’s kind of a split level warehouse, and both levels were packed.

Magnolia Market Was Packed With Tons Of Shoppers

Everything was displayed so nice, which is exactly as I'd expect. I don’t know if there are things you can get there that you can't buy from their store online, but I do think the decor is a bit overpriced. Considering that the farmhouse/Fixer Upper style has spread like wildfire across America, I don’t think you must travel to the mecca of Magnolia to purchase large metal vases and faux wreathes. You can buy that stuff anywhere.

Wreaths Inside Magnolia Market

Faux Magnolia wreath: $98.

Inside Magnolia Market In Waco, Tx

If you watch Fixer Upper at all, or follow some of the recent products and designs from Joanna Gaines, there is an obvious shift away from the farmhouse style to a more modern style, incorporating more of a mid-century feel. I didn’t get a “new Joanna” vibe at Magnolia Market at all. Honestly, I like their stuff from their Target line better than what I saw at the actual Magnolia Market. I did buy a Magnolia Market T-shirt though! Nothing else in the shop really jumped out at me as something I NEEDED to have (and haul back home to New York 🙂 ).

The Silos Baking Company – Bakery at Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market – Silos Baking Company

This is the cutest building, so much character and black and whiteness.

We made an attempt to visit the bakery, which is in the most adorable building. But the line was long, and appeared to be slow-moving. I don’t know what the deal was, but the Waco police officer nearby said it’s like that every day. I would have liked to go inside, but we weren’t really in the mood to stand in line.

The Line In Front Of The Magnolia Market Silos Bakery Was Very Long

Yes, I took a picture of the line. I should have interviewed someone to ask what miracles they were waiting in line to witness.

Magnolia Market Bakery Outside

Looking at the lighting, I can see how this place is probably even cuter in at night.

Magnolia Seed & Supply

So this is weird… before heading to Magnolia Market, I read this post on 7 Tips For Enjoying Your Visit to Magnolia Market saying, “Don't miss the garden or Magnolia Seed + Supply. It may be in the back corner of our property, but trust us – you don't want to miss it!” And guess what we did? We missed it. I saw it back there and then forgot all about it. Honestly, I'm not sure if it was even open. I didn't even take a picture of it!

Actually, that 7 Tips For Enjoying Your Visit page on the Magnolia Market Silos website is one of the most helpful I found before visiting, so be sure to take a peek if you're headed to Waco.

Dogs Are Welcome On The Grounds Of Magnolia Market At The Silos In Waco, Tx (just Not On The Lawn)

One thing to note is that dogs are allowed on the property, just as long as they stay off the lawn. I just wanted to include this dog picture on this post somewhere.

Magnolia Market Parking

If you take a look at their website, you’ll see that Magnolia Market gives you some hints about parking. There is a free parking lot right on the grounds of the Silos, off of 8th street. The website suggests if that if the lot is full, park downtown and use the (free) Silo District Trolley to hitch a ride to the Silos.

Parking At Magnolia Market At The Silos

I'd hate to see what the parking lot looks like after a downpour!

We were lucky and found a spot in the free parking lot. This was on a Friday around noon, near the end of January. It was busy and the parking lot was quite packed. Lots of cars looking for parking spots, but people were coming and going from the Silos so it wasn’t too hard to get lucky.

But here are a couple of parking observations to keep in mind if you're headed to Magnolia Market. If you're coming from the highway, you’ll probably drive by the Silos property itself before you get to 8th street. Nearby, there is a church that offers $10 parking. You will be tempted to pull in there because it’s literally RIGHT across the street from the Silos. But don’t fall for that! Head down the street a little bit and try for the parking lot on 8th street first, then look around for street parking if you don't find a spot.

To be honest, I'm not even sure where we would have gone to look for a place to park and catch the Silo District Trolley, so I'm glad we didn't have to do that.

The parking lot is dirt and stone (mostly dirt). Luckily, it was dry when we were there but I wouldn’t want to walk through there after a rainstorm. There are no parking spaces with lines so the rows aren’t exactly straight and people park weird, often taking up two spaces. I'd say a good 80% of the vehicles in the parking lot were large pickup trucks, and Texas-sized SUVs (uh, including ours).

Overall, I think it’s always kinda fun to be someplace that you see on TV! It wouldn't be THE most amazing thing ever unless you’re obsessed with the show.

It would have been nice if there was more to do or see right there at the Silos. We drove 90 minutes from Dallas to Waco, a trip where there is really nothing to see except for the occasional longhorn cow, and then we spent only about an hour at the Silos. Certainly, we could have explored the immediate area a bit more, but, we weren't really sure where to head. I'd recommend you commit to a day (or a half day) and explore more of Waco if you're going go be there, and definitely read up on some other places to visit before you go.

Was it worth the trip? I'd say it was a tentative “yes, maybe?” I mean, it wasn't a bust. I do think it will be interesting to observe how Magnolia Market and the Silos will change and evolve once the Fixer Upper craze dies down. Will it evolve? That's my main question. I look forward to checking it out again in the future, but I'm going to need more than a handful of food trucks, a store, and an impenetrable bakery to entice me to visit.

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