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The Down & Dirty Guide to Downtown McKinney Texas

Historic, charming arts and crafts style homes.

Quaint shops inviting you to come in and splurge.

Plum Creek Primitives, Sharla’s . . oh my!

Lines waiting outside of Spoons to sit down to a delicious homemade meal.

Safari nights, festivals and markets, whats a Texan to do? If you’ve visited or live here, you know that Downtown McKinney has the charm of Gilmore Girls mixed in with the rich history of Texas.

Its adorable, quaint and a great place to explore 365 days per year.


Of course, thats my humble opinion but I bet that many of you would wholeheartedly agree. Am I right??

I find it to be extremely family friendly and additionally the most awesome place to take out-of-town visitors . . and Brian, my husband is always up for a beer at Cadillac Pizza and a slice of coconut pie at Emporium.


emporium pies mckinney


If you check with the City of McKinney, you’ll find a list of all of their annual events like Oktoberfest (don’t miss the weiner dog races!) or the lovely Home for the Holidays event starting on Black Friday.


Its my favorite festival of all! But even if you don’t hit up the town for an event, there is always something to do, eat, see, explore or drink! I think I covered it all!




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So here are the restaurants, parks (yes parks!), cafes, shops, services, museums, lovely lodging, antiques and oh so much more that have made their way into my heart!   Just remember, if you get tired or the weather gets too hot, McKinney offers this free shuttle!! So fun!



downtown mckinney shuttle



The Down & Dirty Guide to Downtown McKinney Texas

downtown mckinney things to do


Cadillac Pizza

If you’ve been here, you know this place gets uber busy! So I love that they have added on a new deck to enjoy my pizza and relish salads.



Bien Salsa

119 W Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069 

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this Mexican eatery.

bien salsa mckinney


Butcher Board

216 W Virginia St #102, McKinney, TX 75069

Right next to Sugar Bacon, I adore the Brisket salad. Yup!


butcher board mckinney




111 W Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

Great service and even better food. So inventive! Make sure to make a reservation to snag your seat at this coveted spot on the Square.


Hutchins BBQ

I LOVE this place! And so does about all of Texas! The first time I ate here, I was so hungry, I ordered the all-you-can-eat. That was crazy since one plate could have fed an army. Not only do I love the food but I love that their premium brisket is free of antibiotics and hormones.


Dempsey’s Place

310 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

With patio season upon us, they’ve got the largest one on the Square. Cannot wait to hang out, have a beer and chill with friends.



Top Dog Tacos

I love this cute place around the corner from the Pantry. See my blog about it HERE.

Top Dog Tacos McKinney


Hugs Cafe

224 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

This restaurant has received an enormous amount of attention both locally as well as nationally. And its all well-deserved. In case you missed it, here’s the “Inspiring America” feature on Hugs Cafe that ran on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.



They need your help to continue to positively impact the lives of adults with special needs in the community. So pass it on  =)



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This is just outside its original location of Hugs Cafe (and recently moved mid-2017)


Mellow Mushroom

This is a funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calzones & creative stone-baked pizzas.


Rick’s Chophouse

If you’re in the mood for a wedge salad, a ribeye with a baked potato, then this is the place to be. Especially during patio season.


Square Burger

Great burgers, wine list, beer list and desserts! Yes, save room for dessert.


El Juarez Mexican Restaurant

This family-owned business has been serving amazing food since 1988!


The Celt Pub

Live music, traditional pub food and great beer. They have room for ya downstairs, upstairs and even out on their patio.


The Pub McKinney

This restaurant firmly stands behind the quote –


“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough” -Mark Twain


They have a whiskey menu that any fan would be a huge fan of (plus a fabulous menu and cozy seating). You’ve got to add this to your list of must-visit places!



This eatery serving New American eats with a Southern flair, plus cocktails, beer & wine in comfy digs.


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This restaurant/shop is one-of-a-kind most likely one you have seen in various publications around Texas and locally. Awesome sandwiches!


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The Pantry

214 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

Chicken spaghetti, pecan pie and sweet tea. Yes please!



Cookie’s Mexican Food

330 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

Down to earth good Mexican food at an even better price, you’ll loveeee this one.



Frios Gourmet Pops

This little gem is all about the popsicles y’all



Louisiana Street Grill

350 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

If you head across McDonald to the other side of downtown McKinney, I promise, you’ll have even more to explore. Case in point, the fabulous Louisiana Street Grill


louisiana street grill mckinney

Before we head on to the Markets, have you entered this HUGE TEXAS contest?! 

We are giving away a gift card to Hutchins BBQ, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, a tour at Franconia Brewery, Whataburger gift card, Sprinkles gift card, Shops at Legacy gift card, Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream gc, I Love Texas postcards, custom McKinney artwork all seen here . . . (click on the pic to enter)

henrys home made ice cream





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307 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

Long-running market providing ham, steak & smoked meats, such as brisket, ribs & turkey, since 1954.




hamms meat market


The Stalk Market

225 E Virginia St #1, McKinney, TX 75069


This Market is all about FLOWERS. Beautiful flowers! The Stalk Market is a wedding & event florist specializing in weddings and events, and they even have floral subscription boxes.



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Chestnut Square Farmer’s Market



Every Saturday from early spring to mid-October, 8 a.m. to noon, visitors to the Farmers Market at Chestnut Square in downtown McKinney will find:

  • Artisan cheeses, including goat cheese and mozzarella
  • Sprout stands
  • Free range eggs
  • Local farm-fresh produce
  • Local honey
  • Laundry soap and alpaca dryer balls (howdy Simple Suds)
  • Local organic produce, including fruits, vegetables and herbs
  • Local whole grain breads
  • Native Texas plants and flowers
  • Natural grass-fed meats, including beef, lamb, pork and poultry
  • Pickled beets and asparagus
  • Texas salsa (heya Bernard Gameday Foods!)


McKinney Wine Merchant 

120 W Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069






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Each cafe in downtown McKinney has their own vibe and offers something completely different. More of a reason to test every single one out to find out which one is your favorite!



downtown mckinney texas  filter(ed) Craft Coffee House 218 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069 My fave cafe to tell residents about! The owner is soon lovely and passionate about her customers (hint: she has both cafe customers and music customers)



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McKinney Sweet Spot

Who doesn’t love a cafe with pink doors and lots of sweet treats?


mckinney sweet spot


Snug Cafe

I love sitting in the chairs in the window or heading upstairs to the cozy loft. This is a great place to get cozy with a cup of tea and a scone. Yummmmm!


Emporium Pies

Awesome hot chocolate, coffee and of course pie.


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  (I have a soft spot in my heart for coffee shops and you can see them all here – just click on the pic)

george: coffee + provisions








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One day, perhaps downtown McKinney will be just like Fredericksburg where we can roam the streets with our wine and beer.

How fun with that be? And, I mean, what could wrong?  😉



Landon Winery

101 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069

Such a fun place to come with a girlfriend and sit in the cozy booth inside or a large group of friends and hand out on their deck. Its right on the corner to see all the action.



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Wales Manor

4488 County Road 408 McKinney, Texas 75071

(I admit, this one is just down the road but put it on your list)

You might have to check both their Facebook and website to find out upcoming events BUT whatever you do, don’t miss out on the Jazz Under the Stars.



Lone Star Wine Cellars

103 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX

This cute wine stop is tucked away behind Pumps Boutique. It feels like a secret tunnel to all things wine.




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The Southern Chic Retreat In desperate need of girl time and a craftcation? Yes, a CRAFTCATION!! This is the place to book. I talk about it over HERE where I spent the weekend being wined and dined and crafting of course!





craft retreat mckinney


Dowell House

1104 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069


McKinney Bed & Breakfast

406 S Parker St, McKinney, TX 75069


McKinney Inn

If you are looking for something basic, this is a classic accommodation just down the road from Franconia Brewery. I love that vintage sign!



mckinney inn



The Grand Hotel

114 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

Nestled between Landon Winery and the McKinney Sweet Spot, I am dying to take the hubby here for a weekend. I’d love to be able to walk out the door and start exploring everything the Square has to offer.


The Red Gate Inn

811 N Church St, McKinney, TX 75069




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McKinney Oktoberfest (check out the wiener dog races, adorable!)


mckinney texas oktoberfest


Scare on the Square Home for the Holidays


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Krewe of Barkus


Krewe of Barkus Mckinney Texas


Arts in Bloom

Held in the Spring



Bike the Bricks

This event is in May



Red White and Boom Parade But of course, July 4th!



(check with the city of McKinney for the exact festival dates)



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540 Mercantile 221 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

This shop is filled with apparel, artisan handcrafted jewelry, furniture & home decor. What I love is being able to walk in and find an assortment of fun and pretty items.


Antique Company Mall

This 2-story shop is filled to the brim with unique finds and antiques. I never miss walking through this shop when visiting the Square.



Antique Company Mall mckinney texas


Landry Kate

One of the newer shops on the Square and it is full of the cutest clothes for women (and the prices are surprisingly good!). Make sure to look for it between Cadillac Pizza and Homeology.


Collin County Feed & Seed

113 S Chestnut St, McKinney, TX 75069


collin county feed & seed


Old Red Lumberyard Vintage Market

600 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

The Old Red Lumberyard is a monthly (3rd weekend) antique and vintage sale held near the old downtown McKinney square. You can find unique one of a kind items from furniture, architectural, books, signage, shabby chic, primitives, linens and quilts, etc. You’ll need to cross over McDonald St to make your way over



old red lumberyard



101 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

This beautiful store on the corner is full of gorgeous interior pieces for your home. I love browsing this store during Christmas.


Plum Creek Primitive

We’ve purchased so many cute items from this shop and yummy candles! Its the red brick store on the corner and is a must-visit shop while you are here! (hint: check out the Log Cabin candles, sooo lovely!)



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Mom and Popcorn

The place where you’ll be a kid in a candy shop! You won’t leave this shop without buying something. And if you have kids, you’ll walk away with an armful of sweets. Have fun!


Barrons Estate Jewelers 115 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069 I’m fascinated with this store on the corner that is filled with the most fabulous antiques like guitars, mandolins, jewelry, antique coke vending machines, clocks and lots and lots of other treasures. Don’t miss it!


My Favorite Room

218 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

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The Groovy Coop

109 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

This store is fun and funky with old and new treasures that you will absolutely adore!


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The newest kid on the block with beautiful home decor, jewelry, organic laundry soap and lots of gems.


Main Street Magic & Fun Company

We are so lucky to have this magic company here, it just adds another layer to the interest factor (and of course, there are free demos!)



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McKinney Knittery

106-1/2 S Church St, McKinney, TX 75069

Known as the community yarn destination and they now have their own dedicated location.



114 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069


Order 66 Toys

111 S Chestnut St, McKinney, TX 75069

Offbeat retailer featuring a range of toys, action figures, vintage collectibles, books & movies.


order 66 toys mckinney



Antique House

This gorgeous shop is located next to The Pantry and we always visit after a yummy lunch. You’ll be blown away by the vintage pieces available for purchase. And one more thing, the shop owner also provides estate liquidation for a family home.



Bay Willow Design  

222 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

I love this shot taken by Jasmine Alley (click the pic to follow her on Insta)

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Photo Credit: Via blogger www.JasmineAlley.com

Cotton Hearts

103 W Virginia St # 102, McKinney, TX 75069

This is the store that pulls you in with their cute tees and clothing in the window and at the entrance to their store.


Cynthia Elliot Boutique

107 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069



103 E Virginia St #101, McKinney, TX 75069


The Book Gallery

207 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

As an avid book reader and lover, this is hands down one of my favorite shops on the Square. Not only do I love the owner’s enormous collection of books, I adore being greeted by his sweet Schnauzer. It’s the last full-line independent book store in the area and I can only hope it remains forever as he offers first editions to so many classics.  Stop in, buy a book (he even repairs book bindings) and give the sweet dog, Abby some love.


Kiss & Makeup Boutique

214 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069



109 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

If you love sparkly, pretty things that smell amazing, you’ll loveeeee this boutique (click the pic to follow Taylor on Insta)

sharias mckinney
Photo Credit: Taylor Simon


The Little Red Hen

Pop in if you need your Vera Bradley fix!



This French boutique is below Barron’s and I just love the aesthetic and totally unique pieces that the owner curates.


Primp Salon Boutique

116 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

Typically, this is one of my first stops on the Square for finding new accessories or cute pieces. Oh, and they also have a salon hence the name  =)


Petals & Vine

205 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069


The Cake Stand  Grab a baking accessory or place an order for an amazing cake!


Special Things Antique Store

what to do in downtown mckinney



The motto as Orisons boutique is “We dress Texas” If you live here or visiting here, stop by this place as its packed with the coolest clothes, boots, necklaces, earrings (love their jewelry here) and a ton more.


Me & Mrs Jones Boutique

This boutique is next door to the Celt and one of my faves, they have the cutest dresses here! The only problem? I would like to buy every single one of them!! Seriously! Its packed with color and fun!


LeAnn’s Bridal

209 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069


Tom Lavy’s Stonewood Creators

This artisan shop hand crafts custom items for home and garden, specializing in rustic Texas accents.


LAST Art Gallery

Their mission is to showcase works from talented area artists ranging from the traditional to the eclectic. (its near Homeology)


Happiness is Quilting

153 S Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75069

This spot on the Square is resource for quilting fabrics, notions & accessories also offers a full calendar of classes.


Diggity Shop

Just off the Square (and a perfect stop as you walk over to Hutchins BBQ), you’ll find this colorful shop.


Wishful Thinking

201 North Kentucky Street, McKinney, TX


Fair and Square Imports

Beautiful handmade gifts from over 40 countries

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Doozie’s Corner

This shop is HUGE and has a little bit of everything, from Yeti items to paints to cute tops its always fun to explore. And without a doubt, my niece Keely, will always find treasures that are perfect for hanging out with friends. I even had to put it on my line of Downtown McKinney merch (click the pic)


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Doug & Lynda’s Ski Shop

As adventurers, we love supporting this place! Plus, its all about your winter needs, which means when they open back up again, the Texas heat is fading away!!  Yippee!!


doug and lends ski shop


The Crystal Cloche 118 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069


Harry’s Boot & Shoe Repair

112 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

This is the place to take your boots that need a little makeover


Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop 

Honey Pecan Butter, Sweet Potato Butter or Ghost Chile Salsa anyone? This is a great place to get gifts for yourself or visitors because it just screams of Texas + all the yumminess we offer. If you pop in, you’ll get to sample almost everything!


salsa shop mckinney

 Just Piddlin’

106 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069


Wire We Here

105 W Louisiana St

Easy Rider Trikes

203 N Chestnut St, McKinney, TX 75069


Orisons Art & Framing

110 E Louisiana St # A, McKinney, TX 75069


The Menagerie

This antique shop is packed to the rafters, offering beautiful pieces from Belgium, France and England to name a few. These are quality, unique pieces offered at amazing prices!


Cadence Cyclery 

We spend a lot of time on the trails, from Erwin Park to Oak Cliff Nature Preserve to RCP.

erwin park mountain biking

We love having a community shop that is such a resource and help to our biking needs.


Giggle Brush Designs 

A sweet shop for your little one or a gift for a friend. Such a unique baby and children’s boutique . . oh, and they even have bedding (if your not in Texas, they’ll send you a swatch to help you out).


giggle brush designs


House of Hargrove-McKinney

One can never have enough shabby chic, am I right?


A Number of Things

107 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069


Kick Up Your Heels 

102 N Tennessee St McKinney, Texas, TX 75069


Summer James

211 E Louisiana St a, McKinney, TX 75069


Upstage Dancewear

I love shopping here for my niece who is a ballerina, dancer and cheerleader.


Bear Market

Don’t skip over this amazing antique shop across from The Pantry. It’s 2-stories with a treasure in every nook and cranny. Another shop on my McKinney line  =) what to do in mckinney

Texas Monkey Business

301 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069


Hoss & Lulu

301 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069


A Twist of Lime

103 E Virginia St #106, McKinney, TX 75069

You’ve probably taken a rest on their lime bench at some point  =)


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Mayfield & Company Salon & Spa

Jeremy’s Barber Shop

Salon Gabriella

Skylight Salon

Spa Esoteric

Primp Salon Boutique

Balise Salon

Pavitra Organic Day Spa





downtown mckinney things to do


I’ll be honest. My husband likes downtown McKinney but he doesn’t wake up with a strong desire to smell harvest spice candles again and again at the cute shops like I do.

However, he does wake up with a desire for BEER.

Always and forever.

Thankfully, not only are their some amazing pub options on the Square, there are also 2 kickass breweries within a stone’s throw of the Square that will satisfy his craving for barley and hops.


Tupps Brewery

tupps brewery mckinney


Franconia Brewery

495 McKinney Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071

Every Saturday, you can attend a  fun and funny tour with lots of Bavarian style beer.


franconia brewery

  tupps brewery




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The Comedy Arena

McKinney Segway Tours

McKinney Art House

Eclair Bistro has jazz on Saturday night

The Board Bar

Walls of Clay

Made of Sugar & Spice

McKinney Performing Arts Center

Wild Brush Studio

McKinney Trolley Tours

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Chestnut Historical Village Tours

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Finch Park

301 W Standifer St, McKinney, TX 75069


Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park

300 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069 

A teeny park at the onset of the Square – I first noticed it during the Krewe of Barkus festival as the start to the parade and all of the awesome booths.


Roy & Helen Memorial Hall & Library

101 E Hunt St McKinney, TX 75069

 Although not a park, I had to pop in this adorable library just off the Square.    A free resource of books, events and learning programs for the community.



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Collin County History Museum

300 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069


Collin county history museum




You might also find this map from the City of McKinney helpful (just click on the map and you’ll be taken to the COM website to download your own):


what to do in mckinney texas


Their website provides insight as to where to park, how long you can park in certain areas, construction zones as well as DASH. Plus, they have a paid staff dedicated to promoting all things McKinney. Feel free to give them a call as well  =)



AMEN to that!!

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Come on over to Facebook and tell us what you love about Downtown McKinney! Everyone has a favorite spot or a favorite way to spend their day.


And be sure to ping Brian and I as we are typically there for every festival and a lot of our weekends, we’d love to run into you and meet other people that love this town  =)





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P.S. If you LOVE downtown McKinney, then you might just love this fun collection HERE 

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  1. Summer James Vintage Chic Boutique 211 E. Louisiana St.
    Home decor, custom made signs, Marketplace, clothes, furniture, vintage decor. One stop shop.