Recently, I decided to take a trip through Far West Texas. I flew into El Paso with intentions of driving to San Antonio and stopping at Big Bend for a few days in between. After looking over my trip, I realized I had the opportunity to stop at one of my bucket list items while I was there, visiting Marfa.
Marfa may be most well known for its Prada store art installation out in the middle of the desert on Highway 90. But, this town has so much more to offer. Marfa is considered an arts hub where The Chinati Foundation, founded by artist Donal Judd, displays large outdoor sculptures and art installations on a now-defunct army base. If you find yourself in Marfa, you should definitely book a tour of the campus at the foundation.
Not only is the town an arts hub, but it has a bunch of cute storefronts, coffee shops and restaurants all in the downtown area. I spent two days in Marfa and was able to explore most of it, but will definitely be going back. Here is a breakdown of the best restaurants and places to eat in Marfa.
Places to Eat in Marfa
- Para Llevar
- the Water Stop
- Restaurant Cochineal
- Al Campo Wine Garden & Rustic Bistro
- Planet Marfa
- Aster Marfa
- Marfa Burrito
- Jett’s Grill
- Do Your Thing Coffee
- Buns n’ Roses
- The Sentinel
- Lost Horse Saloon
- Convenience West
- Big Bend Coffee Roasters
113 S Dean St, Marfa, TX 79843
I arrived hungry in Marfa in the late afternoon and knew I wanted to check out Para Llevar. I threw my bags into my room and walked the few blocks to the shop located just past the Stripes.
If you end up eating here, I recommend you head to the back cactus garden to enjoy your meal. It’s a favorite Marfa restaurant, you won’t be disappointed!
the Water Stop
1300 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843
I stopped at the Water Stop on my way out of Marfa. Every time I drove by while visiting, there were quite a few people here. I was glad I decided to check it out before leaving.
I ordered the fried chicken sandwich and it did not disappoint. If you’re visiting Marfa, you’ll definitely want to check out this restaurant!
107 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843
Restaurant Cochineal is a fine dining restaurant in downtown Marfa. If you’re looking for a nice fancy dinner while in town, this is your place to go!
This restaurant offers New American cuisine and boasts an ever-changing menu. The restaurant is run by husband and wife team Executive Chef/Owner Alexandra Gates and Partner/Owner James Harkrider. Chef Alexandra was also a 2020 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef:Texas.
Al Campo Wine Garden & Rustic Bistro
200 S Russell St, Marfa, TX 79843
Another great spot in Marfa is Al Campo! I came here after dinner one night to enjoy a glass of wine outdoors.
Al Campo opened in June 2017 and is a favorite for locals to West Texas and people visiting the area. They added a renovated trailer and adobe ruin to create a new space La Playa, in 2018. This new space is great if you want to host a private event!
200 S Abbot St, Marfa, TX 79843
Planet Marfa is a beer garden in the center of downtown Marfa. Enjoy an eclectic patio featuring a teepee, a vintage school bus, and plenty of seating. The drinks here were reasonably priced and the staff was amazing. They also have a small bites menu and live music on some nights.
215 Highland St, Marfa, TX 79843
515 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843
207 Highland St, Marfa, TX 79843
120 N Austin St, Marfa, TX 79843
Do Your Thing Coffee
201 E Dallas St, Marfa, TX 79843
Buns n’ Roses
1613 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843
The Sentinel Marfa
209 W El Paso St, Marfa, TX 79843
Lost Horse Saloon
306 E San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843
1411 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843
Big Bend Coffee Roasters
510 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843
Although my time in Marfa was brief, I made sure I got to see and experience as much as possible. The people, culture, art, and food are what drew me to the area, and I hope to return someday soon.
Are you planning a similar trip to Texas? Check out my favorite spots to sit and eat along the San Antonio River by clicking here.
If you are planning a trip to Marfa, or you’ve been to the area, let me know in the comments below! Would love to know what you plan on seeing or what you loved most about this special desert town.
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