Hidden Treasures in Waco

Hidden Treasures in WacoSpending time in a place like Waco allows you to not only take in the most historically significant sights, but you also get to absorb the natural beauty of the area, too. With such a vast array of things to do, it can get a little overwhelming and a much-needed break is definitely in order. To that end, here are a few out-of-the-way places, that deserve some attention for their unique status as some of Waco's best hidden treasures.

Cedar Chest Antique Mall
If you're searching for that perfect vintage artifact for your home or office, or just love the idea of browsing an impressive selection of antiques, then the Cedar Chest Antique Mall is just for you. Located just minutes outside of Waco in nearby McGregor, the Cedar Chest features a great selection of quality antique furniture. In addition, it also features vintage collectibles from every era, a large selection of excellent glassware, pottery, books, and much more.

Address: 31707 West Hwy, 84, McGregor, TX 76657 - MAP
Phone: (254) 840-2300
Web: www.cedarchestantiques.com

Sironia
Sironia is one of Waco's true gems. In one vintage-style building, you can enjoy an unforgettable meal. The menu offers a generous selection of sandwiches and entrees, and their made-from-scratch desserts are the definition of delectable. Once you've enjoyed your meal, browse the unique shops that are also housed in the building. Items such as natural beauty products, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, and collectibles all create a truly eclectic mix of shopping and dining that has fast become synonymous with Sironia.

Address: 1509 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701 - MAP
Phone: (254) 754-7467
Web: www.shopsironia.com

Laverty's
Laverty's is a virtual treasure trove of antiques and unique items that will surely put a smile on the face of even the most discriminating collector. Vintage furniture and collectibles from every era are all presented in a shop that does a more than adequate job of organizing and presenting its ever-changing inventory. No matter what type of item you're searching for, Laverty's staff is always friendly and helpful and their inventory is always reasonably priced.

Address: 600 North 18th Street, Waco, TX 76707 - MAP
Phone: (254) 754-3238

Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub
If you're looking to unwind but don't want to hit the usual club scene, opt for the hole-in-the-wall charm of Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub. In addition to a great selection of beer on tap, the laid back waitstaff only add to the pub's relaxed, if somewhat disheveled ambiance. A favorite of the college crowd, Scruffy's also has its share of out-of-college locals and visitors who come in for a beer or two and bask in the fun, Irish atmosphere.

Address: 1226 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 78706 - MAP
Phone: (254) 753-0802

Shops of River Square Center
The Shops of River Square Center may be a well known place to get a great meal and do some shopping, but the impressive selection of shops that are housed on the second floor of this 100-year old Waco Hardware Building prove to be some of the most unique collection of shops in the entire Central Texas area. With more than 20 shops occupying the 30,000 square feet, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for, as well as a few things you weren't! Among the vendors, you'll discover a hair salon, cafe, antiques, collectibles, clothing and so much more. It's one of Waco's most well-known best-kept-secrets!

Address: 213 Mary Ave., Waco, TX 76701 - MAP
Phone: (254) 757-0921
Web: www.theshopsofriversquare.blogspot.com