Discover the heart and soul of Temple, TX by reading up on its history and highlights. From eclectic shopping experiences to fine dining, Temple’s historic downtown is filled with stories to be unfolded and memories to be made.

Take A Stroll Back In Time

The historical downtown district of Temple, TX has a big community feel with a 1920s twist. Built back in 1929, downtown Temple is lined by charming, restored storefronts that are sure to catch anyone’s eye. Filled with local businesses, downtown showcases the town’s dedication to craftsmanship and tradition. The historical downtown district is the soul of the city and is a must for visitors.


One of the most striking features of historical downtown is the collection of restored buildings dating back to the 1920s. Classic trim and restored storefronts maintain the integrity of the original designs but the renovations bring historical downtown a whole new life. 

Revived with eye-catching paint colors and refinished trim make historical downtown a feast for the eyes. At dusk, stunning sunsets illuminate the city and mirror the colorful buildings lining the streets. When nighttime sets in, original neon signs give this district an otherworldly  glow characteristic of the 1920s.


Take a piece of historical downtown Temple with you from the vast collection of locally owned unique shops and boutiques. If you’re looking to expand your collection of vintage eccentricities, look no further than The Parlour Antiques & Oddities. Located in the heart of downtown, this boutique sells a mix of home goods, furniture, lighting apparel, fashion, collectibles, and books sourced from local estate sales. 

Indulge in your inner shopaholic by visiting The Hub. With over 40 shops under one roof, this shopper’s paradise gives the phrase “one stop shop” a whole new meaning. Carrying apparel, handmade accessories, home decor, gifts, and toys, The Hub is the ultimate shop ‘til you drop destination.

For the history buffs and sports collectors, The Book Cellar offers a massive variety of used books, comics, and sports memorabilia. Located in a former 1920s speakeasy, this underground, locally owned bookstore is the perfect place to scope out your new reading nook and get lost in a book right  in the heart of downtown Temple. 


Whether you have a more adventurous palette or a taste for luxury, Temple’s restaurant scene has something for everyone. Located in the historic Cheeves Bros. department store, the Cheeves Bros. Steakhouse epitomizes upscale, refined dining. Pristine linens and black tie service take the experience to another level. This classic restaurant offers prime steaks and seafood expertly paired with selections from an award winning wine cellar. If cocktails better suit your taste, master bartenders mix up specialty and classic cocktails with a fully stocked bar. 

Since humble beginnings in a food truck, Treno Pizzeria & Taproom has grown into a brick and mortar family friendly restaurant. Serving up wood-fired artisan pizzas and so much more, patrons can enjoy a taste of Temple as all ingredients are locally sourced. Refresh your palette with one of 36 local and regional craft beers on self-pour taps. Diners can also take advantage of beautiful Temple weather with outdoor dining and entertainment space. 

K-BBQ tacos, kimchi fries, and micheladas – oh my! MexiKo Cafe combines the best of Mexican and Korean flavors to bring diners a truly unique experience. Inspired by world travels and family traditions, owner Diana Zavala pulls together an exciting menu full of new takes on Mexican and Korean classics.

Whether you’re in town for only a few nights or for good, Temple’s historic district is a must-see for all visitors and locals alike. Make the most of your stay by visiting the Meet Temple website to learn more about the city and browse job opportunities. In Temple, there is space for everyone.