Ybor City is a historic neighborhood on Florida’s West Coast, just northeast of downtown Tampa. It is one of the oldest sections of Tampa, Florida and was founded in the 1800s by a group of cigar manufacturers. Ybor City was and still is very popular for cigars and there are many cigar shops all over the neighborhood, as well as a cigar tour you can take.
We stopped at King Corona Cigars Bar and Cafe after lunch. It was a very cool shop with a great atmosphere and vibe. There were a lot of people lounging around puffing on cigars and everyone was extremely friendly.
Just down the street from King Corona Cigars is another little shop called Tabanero Cigars, where you can watch workers craft handmade cigars from scratch.
Once known as the Cigar Capital of the World, Ybor City has a lot more to offer than cigars and was designated as a National Historic Landmark District. It is a very old, historic city immersed with a very rich and diverse culture. Besides being a Historical Landmark itself, Ybor City is home to the historic Ferlita Bakery, which is now the Ybor City Museum, and the Tampa Baseball Museum. There are plenty of art studios and galleries where you can also occupy your time, and lots of great restaurants and places to get food while touring the neighborhood.
Some really great places to eat are Columbia Restaurant, which is Florida’s oldest restaurant, La Tropicana Cafe, Carmine’s and Centro Cantina. (You could even check out Whiskey Joe’s in Tampa on the Courtney Campbell Causeway!) We stopped for lunch at Centro Cantina, a second story sports bar with an outside deck overlooking the street. The food was excellent and we had the best view for people watching.
Ybor City is also known for its thriving nightlife. There is always something going on in Ybor City, from live music, to clubs, parties and dancing, but don’t let this discourage you if you’re looking for some family-friendly things to do in Ybor.
Ride the TECOline Streetcar System or check out GameTime, a mega arcade which has a restaurant, a pool table, two full bars for adults, and over 160 video games for the kids to play.
Take the family to the Ybor Saturday Market which has live music, lots of vendors ranging from shopping to food, and the market is pet friendly!
Ybor City might be a small neighborhood, but it is a really cool spot that you just cannot miss out on if you’re going to be traveling through Florida!