Tampa Bay Stories and Tips

Ybor City

Ybor City is the Latin section of Tampa made famous by it's once prosperous cigar factories. Now it is being slowly revitalized with shops, night clubs, and restaurants, while preserving as much of the original architecture as possible.

Even so, I still find this place somewhat depressing due to the many closed storefronts, tattoo and body piercing parlors, and general rundown appearance that is prevalent here. It may be worth a look to adults interested in the Cuban history and architecture, but there is nothing here to appeal to young children. The area is popular with the young adult clubbing crowd, who fill the night clubs and bars and cruise 7th Avenue.

Points of Interest -
Ybor City Cigar Museum and Visitor Center (see separate journal entry.)
Ybor City State Museum (see separate journal entry.)
Columbia Restaurant - open since 1905. Cuban/Spanish food. (see separate journal entry)
La Tropicana (1822 E 7th Ave) - Open for breakfast and lunch. Where the old guard Cuban community hangs out. Good, authentic food.
Centro Ybor - a collection of shops, restaurants, clubs, Muvico movie theaters, and Gameworks area. The Dish restaurant is worth visiting (see separate journal entry).
La France - Vintage clothing store. A blast from the past jammed with tons of real vintage clothes, shoes, & jewelry. Fun afternoon for playing dress up and finding bargains or cherished memories.

Lots of walking involved to see the district. A new Teco Line electric street car system is under construction. Running along 8th Ave will make covering the area easier on the feet.

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