Tampa has grown to be a city of foodies, vintage shops, and trendy restaurants. It has a hometown feel in what is becoming to be a big city. There is always something new to discover and you can’t go wrong with the beautiful weather we have on the daily!
To help you get started on your adventures in Tampa, check out these 8 gems at the top of my list:
The Tampa River Walk
Start your day off right! Take a stroll down the scenic waterfront, boasting 2.4 miles of open space with a pedestrian trail alongside the Hillsborough River. See the amazing downtown skyline views while you soak up the sun. My favorite stop along the Riverwalk is The Sail, Tampa’s only 360-degree waterfront bar and restaurant. Open from 11am-2am, you’ll have plenty of time to kick back. If you brought your furry friends along for the ride they are certainly welcome too!
Anise Global Gastro Bar
A swanky modern lounge with a relaxing ambiance that will make any visitor feel at home. The Chef, Mary Paff, created an internationally inspired menu; my favorite dish is the “Stinky Bunz” – you can’t go wrong with the red curry chicken, stinky bunz with mint yogurt. Don’t miss out on any of their unique small dishes. The menu also offers vegan-friendly options that are just as good! Some of the best mixologist’s in Tampa shake up handcrafted cocktails here, making Anise Global a must see!
Take a break from sightseeing, kick back and relax; catch one of many classic films playing daily at the historic Tampa Theatre. This city landmark was built in 1926 and is known as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces. CNN said it was, “One of the most spectacular theaters in the world.” The ceiling in this decorative theater twinkles with countless lights resembling the twinkling night sky.
Take a trolley into Tampa’s historic neighborhood, Ybor City. Purchase a one-way ticket for just $2.50 or keep the adventure going and purchase a one-day unlimited ticket for only $5. Enjoy the culture as you walk through Centro Ybor on 7th avenue. On both sides of the street, you’ll find endless amounts of entertainment, cafe/cigar shops, restaurants and unique bars/clubs. Visit The Bricks to grab a cocktail, bite to eat or a coffee. The Bricks has an urban industrial look with – you guessed it – a brick finish. Catch a glimpse of the artwork on the walls made by local Tampa artists. If you’re lucky, you’ll stop by when they have a DJ spinning classic vinyl records.
American Social Bar & Kitchen
A great scene for younger and older professionals alike. American Social’s swanky and modern lounge décor is great while you’re enjoying a fine cocktail. The courtyard frames a perfect view of the bay that glistens at night. This 15,000 square foot upscale casual venue is sure to impress while providing Miami vibes in the heart of Tampa.
Show off your fashion skills at Frolic Exchange. Located in a small neighborhood called Seminole Heights A.K.A Tampa’s newest hip scene. This shop brings thrifting to a whole other level. This mother-daughter owned shop has exclusive vintage pieces and handmade designs from the Tampa area. Not only is this a vintage shop but it also doubles as an underground art space and music venue for the public.
Okay, so if you really want to uncover Tampa like a local, Indie Flea is the place to be! It is held every third Sunday of the month from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Historic Rialto Theatre. Indie Flea showcases local artists ranging from handmade jewelry, letterpress cards, screen printed t-shirts, vintage treasures, up-cycled home goods, dry succulent gardens, artisanal jams and craft coffee. These vendors are hand selected and in my opinion, it is the best place to pick up authentic Tampa souvenirs. I, myself, have taken home some awesome treasures and you should too!
Miguelitos Taqueria y Tequilas
Saturday and Sunday mean brunch! This upscale taco bar isn’t your average brunch spot; it features breakfast with a Tex-Mex twist. Miguelito’s in Tampa has a tap that pours infused tequila shots at a cool 5 degrees. I highly recommend sitting outside on their spacious outdoor patio while sipping one of their freshly squeezed orange or watermelon mimosas. Worried about the heat? They have a retractable awning overhead so you’ll feel nice and cool during your dining experience.
Tampa, being the third largest city in Florida is full of adventures waiting to be uncovered. We embrace all of the newcomers and want you to enjoy everything this destination has to offer! Check out the local historic digs in the downtown area, pop into one of the many unique bars, lounges, and restaurants or explore trendy neighborhoods within Tampa. This rapidly growing city is on the rise and awaits you!