Our time in Waco is quickly approaching it’s end. We’ve (almost) officially found a place in our new town and after Christmas we’ll be packing up everything to get ready to move in January.
It’s crazy how much time has flown these past few months. We definitely didn’t get enough time in this town and maybe we’ll find our way back one day.
For now, we’ve been making it a point to visit all of our favorite places as much as we can before leaving. I’ve really wanted to take in as much as I can. Waco has been a town that has gotten me out of my comfort zone and out of the house more than any other place has. Most importantly, it has helped me fulfill my dream of being a regular at a coffee shop where they know my order and everything.
The whole city is welcoming and very family friendly. There’s a community here that is thriving and you can see how much everyone works together to help each other grow.
So while it’s hard to narrow down my favorites, there are definitely places that we’ve visited more than anywhere else.
MY FAVORITE PLACES IN WACO
Top favorite. To the point where, when Ian and I visited Waco before moving, we stopped into this shop three times in our one day trip because we loved it so much.
They have a roof top patio where we can sit and look out at the city while Oliver runs around and looks at all the cars.
The coffee itself is amazing and roasted by Apex, a local roaster. My go-to has been a regular black coffee because you know, it’s hard to beat when the beans are roasted and brewed to perfection.
Waco is full of wonderful coffee shops, but there’s something about this place that has drawn us to it time and time again. I think the atmosphere and the confined outdoor space has a lot to do with it. The faces are friendly (though that’s common everywhere in Waco) and it reminds me of places I’ve worked in the past, so it really has a familiar feel for me.
This is definitely the number one place we’ll miss when we move.
What started with a simple craving for pie quickly turned into a love affair with Pie Peddlers. I believe they offer lunch, but we always go for the pie. In fact, I bought a few of their mini pies for our Thanksgiving dinner!
I would say Pie Peddlers is definitely worthy of Dale Cooper’s signature, “Damn fine cup of coffee” and “They’ve got a cherry pie there that’ll kill ya.”
It feels like home when you walk in and every time we go we have to order more pie than people because it’s too hard to choose between all their flavors!
They have pizza that Ian and I haven’t been able to find since we lived in Atlanta. It’s the thin crust, big sliced pizza that you really just can’t beat.
Besides that, they have a covered patio with a little play area so we can let the boy run around while we wait for our fresh slices.
The best donut, or rather, the best cronut you’ll ever have. Seriously. I cry thinking about leaving these donuts and I may have to set up some kind of donut delivery when we move. These things melt in your mouth with every bite.
It’s a croissant donut. That’s what they do. They have a food truck where they give you the best thing you’ll ever eat. It’s amazing and really guys, I don’t know what I’ll do without them.
This shopping center is full of local goods and small shops. Basically, it’s a must see in Waco and they have all kinds of things from cute baby stuff to gag gifts to boutiques full of clothes that I have to have.
It’s fun to browse but also a good place to go if you’re looking for, really anything!
My mom gifted us a year pass, and in the 4 months we’ve been living here, we definitely got her money’s worth. It’s our go-to when the weather is good. It’s the perfect size with lots of amazing animals. From lions, to tigers, to bears, to otters with a slide that goes right through their tank of water. It’s a great place to let the boy explore and see all the animals we read about first hand.
Plus, the orangoutang family is so social. The dad will go and sit by the window and look at all the people coming to say high and the mom has her little baby that she loves to show off to everyone. It’s adorable.
OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Cameron Park and the Suspension Bridge (pictured at the very top) downtown is always a beautiful site to see.