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Ultimate Guide To Things To Do In Round Top Texas

January 11, 2021

Ultimate Guide To Things To Do In Round Top Texas

Weekend getaway to Round Top Texas! I’ve been to this small town a couple of times this year so it’s about time for me to write a guide to this tiny Texas town. Known for the bi-annual Round Top Antique Show, Round Top is still a popular year-round destination for those who love or who are curious about antiquing or just a quick day trip from Austin or Houston!

SEE ALSO: 45 Top Things To Do In Austin, Texas, Updated 2020

Check out the Round Top Area Chamber of Commerce website for more information. 


Round Top Texas Antique Show/Antiques Fair

The upcoming Spring Antique Week for 2021 is from March 29 to April 3, 2021. Visit this website for information on tickets for the antiques show.


Round Top Texas Hotels

Rancho Pillow Hotel In Round Top Texas

Rancho Pillow

Rancho Pillow is a whimsical wonderland getaway that’s located on a 20-acre compound with Latin American folk art finds, colorful architectural restorations, & collected curiosities from both worldly travels. There are 5 different accommodations to choose from including a teepee but we stayed in The Barn – an 18th century, three-story Dutch barn that was originally built in upstate New York.

If you have a large group, I do recommend The Barn because it can sleep at least 10 people. There’s a modern kitchen with a gas stove and a commercial-grade one-touch espresso machine, two queen bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and an additional crow’s nest queen bedroom. We had breakfast and dinner on the spacious 700 square-foot porch.

Amenities:

  • heated saltwater wading pool
  • bathhouse with outdoor showers + bathtubs
  • fire pits under the stars
  • treehouse for kids

11222 Schuster Rd, Round Top, TX

 

Wander Inn in Round Top Texas

Wander Inn

We loved our stay at the Wander Inn by the gals behind Junk Gypsy! There are a couple of different options to choose from: Star House and Crown House and Gyspy Farmhouse (1952 Sears Kit House and the original farmhouse on the Junk Gypsy property that $1100 for 2 nights). Star House and Crown House each have four different rooms that you can book from 

Amenities:

  • small communal kitchen with microwave, fridge, and coffee machine
  • fire pits
  • dog-friendly in the Gyspy Farmhouse for a fee

1227 south, Texas 237, Round Top, TX, gypsyville.com/wander-inn

 

Flophouze Hotel in Round Top Texas

Flophouze Shipping Container Hotel

I just got back from staying at Flophouze and LOVED our stay here. Shipping containers have been converted into decked out spaces that can sleep two to three for a truly unique experience. Flophouze has six different containers that start at $175/night and a farmhouze that’s $550 a night that sleeps 10. We loved waking up to seeing the neighbor’s cows at our window, drinking coffee on the patio, exploring the showroom, and ending the night with a soak in the hot tub while seeing the sky lit up with stars.

Amenities:

  • each container comes with a microwave, fridge, and Chemex coffee pot
  • container pool/hot tub
  • 12,000 sqft on-site store + curiosity showroom called Recycling the Past
  • fire pits
  • dog-friendly with a fee

1132 W, Farm to Market Rd 1291, Round Top, TX, flophouze.com

 

Other hotels in Round Top Texas

  • The Vintage Round Top

Restaurants In Round Top Texas

Best Restaurants in Round Top

Royers Pie Haven in Round Top Texas

Royers Pie Haven

Royers Pie is the most iconic restaurant in Round Top and for good reason, because the pies are absolutely delicious. I always make a stop here when I visit Round Top and opt for a sweet and savory pie option. The Texas Trash Pie with coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, pretzels, and caramel with a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream is a must but I also pick between the Margherita Chicken Pizza Pie and Chicken Pot Pie. 

190 Henkel Circle, Round Top, TX

 

Royers Cafe in Round Top Texas

Royers Round Top Café

Royers sister restaurant is the Royers Round Top Cafe where they’ve been serving gourmet comfort food for over 30 years. If you happen to be here on Sunday, don’t miss the Conlee’s fried chicken dinner – the chicken is marinated in 24-hours in buttermilk and garlic then hand-battered. Comes with mashed potato casserole and cream corn. You can also get Royers iconic pies here.

105 Main St, Round Top, TX

 

Best Restaurants in Round Top in Texas

Round Top Smoke House BBQ

Round Top Smoke House BBQ is hands down one of the best barbecues I’ve ever had. Lee Ellis smokes his meats from a Mill Scale barbecue pit from the back of Henkel Hall in Henkel Square and you can smell the barbecue from the parking lot. You can order meats by the lbs – brisket, turkey, St. Louis style pork ribs (my favorite), Chinese style baby back ribs, and sausage, and the dino beef ribs are $28 each. Don’t miss the sides either!

 

Lulu’s

We ordered takeout from this Italian restaurant located in Bybee Square – I loved their bucatini pasta! 

 

The Ellis Motel

If you want to get a drink at a bar, The Ellis Motel is the only spot to go but the space is really cool. Blue Mule Winery is located about 20 minutes away in Fayetteville.

 

Local Roots in Round Top Texas

Local Roots

Local Roots is also another restaurant located in Henkel Square – it’s easy to walk by the unassuming two-story house but the interior is beautifully decorated and transports you to another era.  The sandwiches are made with homemade bread, fresh salads with homemade dressings, and don’t miss out on the homemade desserts. 

 

Mandito’s

If you’re wanting Tex-Mex, head to Mandito’s! We went there for a late-night meal for fajitas, salsa, and queso. 

 

Prost on Block 29

This intimate wine bar and shop is housed in Round Top’s most historic building, offering a relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful outdoor patio with charcuterie, and farm-to-table veggies.


Local shops in Round Top

Things To Do In Round Top Texas

Junk Gypsy

Junk Gypsy is probably the most popular shop in Round Top and for good reason. The store is carefully curated by owners and designers Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes with all the home, boots, soap, and clothing collection. They even had their own show on HGTV called  Junk Gypsies!

I went home with that pair of cute cowboy boots (pictured above)!

1215 Texas 237, Round Top, TX, gypsyville.com

 

Round Top Ballroom at Flophouze

Round Top Ballroom

Round Top Ballroom is a 12,000 sq ft barn filled with artifacts, antiques, recycled materials from around the world. Check out the shipping containers by Flophouze while you’re there.

1132 W FM 1291, roundtopballroom.com

 

Farmloft

This white bohemian store sells Magnolia Pearl clothing and hand-picked home goods.

 

Texas cowboy boots

Rummel Square

Rummel Square is one of three town squares in Round Top and there are a couple of shops in Rummel Square:

  • Gar Co
  • Round Top Coffee
  • Townsend Provisions (pictured above) – we loved this two-story shop! Go upstairs for their beautiful collection of boots.
  • Feed and Firewater

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Round Top Festival Institute

Catch a show at the Round Top Festival Institute, a musical institute established in 1971 by concert pianist James Dick in Round Top.

248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX, festivalhill.org

 

Humble Donkey Studio

This gallery sells antiques and Lowery’s original art, including animal paintings and humorous cards with donkey puns.

 

Winedale Historical Center

Winedale, a division of The University of Texas Center for American History, is home to numerous nineteenth-century wooden structures including five homes, a one-room schoolhouse, a rare four-square barn, and three log cabins on a 225-acre complex. The property is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, a State Antiquities Landmark, and on the National Register of Historic Places.

3738 FM2714, Round Top, TX

 

The Stone Cellar & Round Top Dance Hall

Local hangout spot with craft beer, thin-crust pizza, and live music. 

 

Old World Antieks

Located in La Grange, Old World Antieks is a HUGE store with a warehouse in the back with antiques from all over the world. We stopped by this store on the way back to Austin.

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Ultimate Guide To Things To Do In Round Top Texas

Flophouze - shipping container hotel with a shipping container pool/hot tub
Rancho Pillow - 20 acre compound with a teepee, house & 18th century Dutch barn.
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Wander Inn - choose from Star House and Crown House and Gyspy Farmhouse
ROUND TOP SMOKE HOUSE BBQ - order the St Louis style pork ribs!
Royer's Cafe - if you're here on Sunday, order the fried chicken special.
Royers Pie Haven - iconic pie shop in Round Top
Ellis Motel - one of the few bars in town.
Townsend Provisions - go upstairs for their boot collection.
Farmloft - boho store that sells Magnolia Pearl clothing
McClaren's Antiques - antique store in Round Top & this double decker bus is for sale!
Shop at Junk Gypsy -
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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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