Ybor City is that part of Tampa that makes you feel transported to its own little city within a city. The streets are alive bright and early with coffee lovers hitting the local cafes and people walking the streets to start their day on a happy and cheerful note. By mid-morning, everyone is shopping before grabbing a delicious lunch enjoying local favorites like Cuban sandwiches.

By afternoon, you’ll want to hop on the TECO Streetcar to take a ride around town for more shopping and exciting attractions. Many end their day with stops at local breweries, fine dining, and watching the flamenco dancers that perform at The Columbia Restaurant. Ybor City offers an allure that is unlike the rest of Tampa and here is a look at what you can enjoy in this exciting part of town.

Exciting restaurants & entertainment

Many start their day at La Tropicana Café where you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee and fresh baked bread. Located at 1822, La Tropicana Café has been serving the community since 1963 serving old-fashioned Cuban sandwiches deviled crabs, and more at affordable prices for breakfast and lunch. You’ll find many gathering here to start their day and catch up with loved ones over a cup of joe.

When you love Cuban sandwiches at lunchtime, you’ll want to stop in to King Corona Cigars Bar and Café, where you’ll not only enjoy the Ybor tradition of Cuban sandwiches, but also be able to experience the cigar factory tradition as well. You’ll find a huge selection of stogies while you grab a beer at the bar and enjoy Cuban fare.

Spend the evening dining while enjoying entertainment in an upscale atmosphere at The Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in the state, featuring flamenco dancers six nights a week while you enjoy cocktails, tapas, meat, and seafood cuisine.

Getting around & Where to Shop

How do you get around this cigar-loving, Cuban sandwich-eating city inside of a city? Ybor is incredibly easy to get around and they even offer access to the TECO Historic Streetcar that will pass by and make you feel like the locals did riding these 100 years ago.

You’ll be able to enjoy some A/C in the vintage streetcar while taking you from Ybor to downtown Tampa, and even Channelside. You can even drive and walk through this exciting town, where you can smell the Cuban cuisine and listen to the chatter and music of the local culture.

You’ll no doubt want to shop while in Ybor City, part of the great allure of this area. Stop into La France, a local shop featuring all of the vintage clothes and accessories you could need, or King Corona Cigars & Café hand-rolled cigars and views of the wrought-iron balconies and merchant signs on the street from the 19th century. You can’t beat a visit to the Ybor City Saturday Market or the gift shop inside of the Columbia Restaurant. Other great stops include Centro Ybor, SpoT Skateboard Shop, and Seventh Avenue Apothecary.

While the Cuban cuisine and the exciting nightlife are the main draws to Ybor City, you can’t beat the allure all day long from shopping to dining to the history of each storefront.






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