Texas January 03, 2018
This Is The Most Hippie Town In Texas And You Need To Visit
If you thought Austin was the most hippie town in Texas, you’re in for a surprise. According to
Thrillist, it’s actually San Marcos! From its progressive history to its art scene and eclectic coffee shops, this city is much more than just a college town. Here’s why:
When we think about San Marcos, two things immediately come to mind: summer days spent tubing on the river with good friends, music blasting, and a couple of cold beers...
...and Texas State University, home of the mighty Bobcats. However, you'd be surprised to hear the city's history. It was a major hub for hippies back in the '60s and '70s, serving as a big influence in the marijuana legalization movement. Many of the free spirits who moved there decades ago still remain.
The hippie vibe is evident in various aspects of San Marcos life, including the thriving art scene.
Every second Saturday of the month from March-December, the Art League holds an event on the historic courthouse lawn called Art Squared. It's an open-air market where vendors sell all sorts of items from paintings to jewelry and everything in between. There's also live music, free yoga and kids' crafts, and a farmers market. More information
No hippie town would be complete without a zen, eclectic coffee shop, which is exactly what Tantra is.
In addition to serving some of the highest quality joe around, it's also a full-scale restaurant with delicious food like tacos and Banh Mis. Vegan and vegetarian options are available, of course (because that's kind of a requirement for any hippie establishment).
Tantra isn't just a place for eating and drinking, either - they also have an outdoor music venue and art gallery!
Dance the night away to everything from bluegrass to rock-n-roll, and browse at some amazing pieces of work made by the city's finest artists. Pretty groovy, right? Tantra is located at 217 Hopkins Street, San Marcos, TX 78666.
A little bit of randomness is essential to creating a hippie atmosphere, and it doesn't get much weirder than dinosaurs in a candy shop.
The Candy Wraptor Dinosaur Cafe and Candy Store has prehistoric beasts scattered all over the restaurant. There's even a hidden dinosaur for you to hunt for. Plus, if you take your picture with Val the Velociraptor, you get a free treat!
The cafe has a full menu with sandwiches, pizza, burgers, and salads, as well as a separate vegan menu and a plethora of sweets.
Of course, the food items are named appropriately - would you care for a "Three Horn" pizza? Or perhaps a "Mega Raptor" burger? The address is 2626 Hunter Rd, San Marcos, Texas 78666.
Have you been to any of these places in San Marcos? What are some other hippie towns in Texas? Let us know!