Ybor City StreetcarsYbor City is also a popular Tampa, Florida attraction. This historic section of old Tampa was founded in 1880 by cigar manufacturers and was largely populated by immigrants. Over time it has evolved into a cultural hub because of its authentic old brick buildings, its operating streetcar, and its reputation as a friendly community for artists and performers of all types. Ybor is also known for its nightlife, many theatrical productions (Improv Comedy Theater), and themed clubs (Prana Night Spot).
The main drag of Ybor City, a street named La Setima, shows the the Latin heritage of the city and many Mexican restaurants (Columbia Restaurant) can be found along its sidewalks. Cafes are popular in this district and include tapas as well as French bistros, Greek restaurants (Acropolis Greek Taverna) and other ethnic eateries. Many of these restaurants have live music daily on their patios or even on the street side.
In addition to the food and heritage, Ybor City also offers up a wealth of art galleries and shopping centers. Quaint boutiques dot the city and provide a variety of wares from hand-rolled cigars to rare vintage wines from West Palm Wines. Visit Singing Stone Jewelry for one-of-a-kind pendants, rings or earrings that cannot be found anywhere but Ybor City. If you are visiting on the weekend, stop by the Ybor Saturday Market, and expansive outdoor showcase of art, produce, fresh baked breads and so much more!
Whatever you are looking for, chances are you can find it somewhere in Ybor City. Whether you are visiting for the shopping, food, historic sightseeing, or nightlife, Ybor City is sure to satisfy with many unexpected little surprises at every turn.