What started 50 years ago as a community antiques fair has expanded into a series of antiques events that have changed the commercial landscape of Round Top. While the selection significantly increases during the fairs, antiques are now a year-round business in this small town between Austin and Houston. In addition to antiques, you can also shop for everything from paintings by local artists to handmade ceramic ware.
If you enjoy shopping with a group of friends, consider booking one of the stylish cottages at The Vintage Round Top. The two properties are connected via a mudroom and can be booked separately or as one big space.
Morning and Afternoon Day 1: Royers Cafe, Henkel Square and Old Glory Antiques
11 a.m: Start your day with an early lunch at Royers Cafe. The lively décor alone should help you wake up after the drive. Known for its pies, burgers and shrimp BLT sandwiches, Royers has enough variety to appease everyone in your shopping party.
1 p.m.: If you feel like stretching your legs after a big meal, you can walk a couple of blocks to your first shopping destination. Featuring a number of historic structures, Henkel Square Market has an event space for weddings and several shops, including the Humble Donkey, Dapper Deer, Two Sparrows Roasting Co. and Royers Pie Haven. At the Humble Donkey, you can peruse the work of John Lowery, a former illustrator for NASA. His paintings depict the scenery and everyday life of rural Texas.
3 p.m.: Just down the road, you’ll find Old Glory Antiques. They’ve hosted pop-up shows at the antiques fairs for years, but they’ve just opened a 4,000-square-foot shop in Round Top. In the sprawling showroom, you can pick up everything you need for your rustic farmhouse, from antique beds and vintage signs to dressers and trunks.
Evening Day 1: Festival Hill and Bistro Napoletana
5 p.m.: A gorgeous performance space, Festival Hill hosts choral performances, classical music and ballet. Other buildings on the grounds are used for art exhibitions, lectures and poetry readings. You’ll be surprised at how much culture they can pack into this small town.
7 p.m.: For dinner, head to Bistro Napoletana, which serves up an unbeatable combination of pizza, pasta and pie. Other notable menu items include the crabcakes, prime rib and lasagna. In nice weather, you can sit outside and enjoy one of the restaurant’s signature frozen sangrias.
Lunch Day 2: The Garden Company Cafe and Marketplace
11:30 a.m.: Where else can you find a combination restaurant, nursery and gift shop with locally produced crafts? If you have a hearty appetite, try the bratwurst burger with roasted potatoes at Garden Company. The quaint house is always decorated with flowers and other plants grown in the nursery. After your meal, check out the one-of-a-kind gifts and start planning your next garden.
Afternoon Day 2: Lark Jewelry and Bybee Square
2 p.m.: The ideal spot to find a memorable gift for that special someone, Lark sells handcrafted jewelry, mid-century bar ware, scarves and designer chocolates. Don’t miss the store’s selection of gorgeous botanical pendants in the form in the shape of dogwood flowers, coral vines and yucca blooms.
3 p.m.: A mini-shopping center on its own, Bybee Square is home to art galleries, restaurants, vintage stores and western wear boutiques. MimiBella Fine Linenwear features comfortable yet stylish clothing for that hot Texas sun. Comforts sells handcrafted artwork and ceramics by artists from around the country. At Wild Women-Wise Women, you'll find breathtaking jewelry, lavender products, eco-friendly apparel, candles, handmade baskets and leather goods. Most of the clothing is made of cotton or linen, which is ideal for our blazing Texas summers.
Late Afternoon Day 2: Townsend Provisions and Teague’s Tavern
4 p.m.: While it looks like an old general store, you’ll find a fascinating mix of old and new inside Townsend Provisions. Whether you’re on the hunt for vintage boots, new T-shirts, antique iceboxes or unusual home decor, you can’t go wrong at this charming shop.
6 p.m.: Round out your visit with an evening at Teague’s Tavern. The restaurant and bar presents live music several nights a week, featuring local and regional musicians. You can listen to music, sip a cold brew and chow down on steak sliders, chicken-fried steak, and shrimp and grits. If you’re a fan of deviled eggs, don’t miss their jalapeno-enhanced version.