4 Hidden Gems in New Braunfels, Texas
By: Rylee Dahl
New Braunfels, Texas might be a place you’ve never heard of, but I can assure you, it’s a tourist hot spot. Located between Austin and San Antonio, some of Texas’ larger cities, New Braunfels is the happy-medium complete with Wurstfest, Schlitterbahn, tubing rivers, and mom and pop restaurants.
Whether you visit at the height of tourist traffic or for a weekend getaway, there are a few stops you should make, more on the locals’ side, to soak in the full effect of the quaint but vibrant lifestyle of New Braunfels.
Cypress Bend Park
Nestled in between the public library and cemetery is a small park called Cypress Park. If you take a short walk across the field, the Guadalupe River can be found hiding behind the tree line. It’s a very quiet and peaceful spot that not too many people go to so it’s ideal for a picnic, a swim or just to relax, listen to the birds and enjoy the beautiful, scenic view.
Next, is the best brunch spot around town, Buttermilk Cafe. Although usually a wait to be seated, Buttermilk offers an array of choices, from french toast to fried chicken livers to Thanksgiving dinner. The food is always exceptional, as well as the wait staff, and after you fill your belly, you’re ready to hit the next spot on the list!
The Guadalupe Brewing Company
The Guadalupe Brewing Company is popular not only for its beer but for its ambiance as well. Live music is played throughout the weekend at their outdoor tasting space. One of the favorites from the many flavors offered is the Chocolate S’more Stout complete with a roasted marshmallow as a garnish.
The last stop is the farmer’s market. This takes place in the parking lot of a beer garden called Krause’s and is open every Saturday morning. Walking through the aisles of honey, flowers, and produce just browsing is fun in itself but of course, it’s impossible not to buy.
Aside from the park, these places are all local to the New Braunfels area and this city is particularly good at supporting small businesses such as these. As a visitor, it’s not only a win for you to experience these homegrown spots but a win for the people when you contribute to this niche community of New Braunfels.