Restaurants and Shopping

Nearby Restaurants and Shops

After hours, conventioneers and visitors can turn to Downtown Waco for an evening of dining and unwinding. Here’s a limited list of nearby restaurants, starting with the closest and going to within easy walking distance of the Waco Convention Center. Check out the free trolley to get to Magnolia Market, with many food truck options and shopping!

Brazos Grille – Waco Hilton. Next door to the Convention Center.

Chowtown – Food trucks near the corner of University Parks Drive and Franklin Ave. You might find anything from Greek food to Cambodian, BBQ, burgers, and cupcakes.

Riversquare Center – across Franklin Ave.

  • Bangkok Royal
  • Teriyaki Park
  • Wingstop
  • Oh my Juice!
  • Olive Branch Bakery and Cafe
  • Crickets Grill & Drafthouse
  • Diamond Backs
  • Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Spice Village (shopping)
  • Trojan Cork and Keg

On Austin Avenue and nearby:

  • Austin’s on the Ave Bar
  • Coach’s XXX Smoke BBQ
  • Dichotomy Coffee and Spirits
  • Halftime Bar
  • Hey Sugar Candy Store
  • Jake’s Texas Tea House
  • Klassy Glass Wine Bar
  • Schmaltz’s Sandwich Shop
  • Waco Hippodrome (theater, restaurant, and bar)
  • Portofino’s Italian Restaurant
  • and many more!

Also on Austin Avenue, you will find charming antique shops and boutiques.

On Franklin Ave:

  • Barnett’s Pub
  • Truelove Bar