6 Unexpected Things to Do in Buda

Aerial view of Downtown Buda

1. Shop, Dine and Relax in Downtown Buda

This shopping and dining district is the heart and soul of Buda. Ranging from unique shops or restaurants that will satisfy your inner foodie, all the way to a spa to get you rejuvenated after a long week.

  • Food you have to try: Helen's Casa Alde has been around since the 80's and is a local go to for breakfast tacos. As we tell anyone who come's through the visitor center, you can always make time for abuela's cooking.
  • A hot spot you don't want to miss: The Cigar Vault with a historic bank vault filled with hand selected cigars and live music every weekend. 
  • Shop you must see: The Old Town Buda Antique Mall is two stories full of antique vendors and if you stay long enough, you may just meet a new ghost friend. 
  • Local night cap: Tavern on Main is one of the oldest bars in Buda and is a staple among locals. Their outdoor patio is always booming with live music. 
Aerial view of the Buda Mill and Grain Co.

2. Discover something new at the Buda Mill & Grain Co. 

Located on the edge of Downtown, this historic mill dates back to 1914. With over 27,000 SF of beautifully redeveloped space that has been brought to life, the Mill & Grain is always buzzing with entertainment and activity.

  • Sweets you have to try: Sweet Cakes 4 U offers cake by the slice and seriously, we know you've probably had good cake but never like this. 
  • A hot spot you don't want to miss: Nate's bar and coffee bar offers coffee by day and deliciously unique cocktails for those evening hours on the deck listening to live music.  
  • Shop you must see: Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery is run by two Buda locals who set their sights on making Buda an arts destination. 

Band playing at Buck's Backyard

3. Catch a show at a low-key venue

Willie's Joint is a locals paradise with weekly blues night and karaoke plus games like chicken poop bingo and washer tournaments. 

Buck's Backyard is your home for Texas country with performers like Kevin Fowler and Randy Rogers offering all the cold drinks and barbecue you are looking for. Both indoor and outdoor venues guarantee a good time. 

Guys clinking beer glasses at Two Wheel

4. Find a new favorite draft at Two Wheel Brewing Company

The first and only craft brewery in Buda that brews both beer and a good time is located on the south end of Main Street. Step into their open air bar and you'll find a range of 80's board games and Foosball to satisfy your inner child. For an undisputed local favorite, try the Budaful Blonde Ale with a smooth citrus and malt flavor. And if your like us, you always have to ask the bartender their current favorite: Race Pointe IPA fizzing with a fruity aroma of pineapple and mango.

Bonus Tip: this joint is dad and dog friendly 

Couple playing arcade games at Pinballz Kingdom in Buda, TX

5. Challenge your friends at Pinballz Kingdom

This huge arcade with a twist of nostalgia is designed for both the young and young at heart. With many classic game

machines from Space Invaders and Galaga to the newer generation of games -- and of course many a pinball machine as a nod to its namesake. Take advantage of their full service restaurant and bar which has gained recognition as the best burger in town.

Catfish at Cabelas

6. Gear up for the outdoors at Cabela's

Filled with all the outdoor gear your inner wanderer desires from camping to hunting. Come for the indoor exhibits showcasing both exotic and local taxidermy, the gun gallery or the aquarium with Texas-sized catfish. Stay for the restuarant offering different wild game burgers you can't find anywhere else or even the fudge--particularly the Rattlesnake Fudge.