Ybor City is a wonderful neighborhood to visit for a taste of Tampa's Cuban heritage. Cigars, Cuban food and the bricks of old are signs that life has lived her long ago and was an important neighborhood in Tampa's history. Visit the Columbia for their famous 1905 salad and pallea! Visit many other food stops if all different flavors in Centro Ybor. Coffee shops, Tampa Bay Brewing Co and AMC theaters will have you enjoying your day here just browsing around. Lots of clubs and music fills the scene at night time,so plan accordingly with kids. A wonderful date night and only minutes from 275 and Downtown Tampa.
It depends when you go on what things they have going on. I just read about Saturdays for the kids which is a great idea. I know that some nights they have free live music entertainment and that can be nice for the family and friends. The movies are right there so you can watch a movie. There is a nice trolley that goes through. Near the movies is a place called Gameworks which is great for the family. You get a card and play games, some days they close early for parties so call in advance before you drive there. Ice cream shop is great too! Enjoy! God Bless You!
Ybor City is great for a night on the town...literally! They have great restaurants and tons of clubs to keep you busy through the night. And if you're in the market for a new tattoo; there's a tattoo parlor literally on every corner :) There's also the new Hookah lounges if you want to try something different. Have fun!
If you want to experience Ybor City with your family, then you need to go on a Saturday morning. On the weekends, the Ybor Market is almost always open and there are tons of fun things to buy and sample, like local honey, produce, crafts, and more. On a beautiful day, it's fun to window shop around Channelside and we also recommend a lunch at The Creperia. The crepes are huge and what kid (or adult for that matter) doesn't love pastry stuffed with chocolate (or Nutella and bananas, or ham and cheese...). Just be prepared to start heading home before 4pm, when people start arriving for early happy hour and the nightlife gets going. NOT for kids in the evening.
Ybor City is a must if you are in the Tampa area! There are lots of shops and restaurants, but at night it really comes alive. I would recommend leaving the kids at home for the nightlife. Lots of bars and great people. Good food. Everytime we visit Tampa, we visit Ybor City for some nighttime fun! You will notice you see the same people year after year. It's a staple of the Tampa area!
This historic part of Tampa used to brim with activities for families but has faced some challenges in recent years. The main street does offer an interesting, historical glimpse into the area's cigar manufacturing past as well as mix of Cuban, Italian and Spanish cultures but lacks a real reason to spend a lot of time exploring the area. There are several special events held throughout the year which are very well suited to families of all ages. There are some great, unique shops and restaurants and the visitor's center has a friendly, informative staff. Plan to walk along the brick sidewalks to fully exlore the area but be warned that the nightclubs spring to life after dark.
Channelside is beautiful. It has awesome shops but, this is not the kid-friendly atmosphere that most of Tampa is. This is more 21 and up. The clubs are amazing, food is great, and they have the best drinks in town! All around an amazing night out with the girls or guys but not something to take grandma to.
...Ybor City oozes history, with the Cuban culture and Cigar Factory past(and current). Centro Ybor is a fun area that boasts Hip dining venues, Game Works Arcade for young and old, and a Movie Theater Complex complete with the Premiere Theater for Adults where alcohol is sold and Popcorn is free. After Dark, keep the kiddies away unless you want to answer questions that you may not be ready to answer. Streets are packed with Partiers, the nightclubs run load and late and the party often spills into the streets.
A Latin essence lingers from Ybor City's heyday as a Cuban cigar-making district. The era brought an intermingling of many other cultures, including German, Italian, and Jewish, which is reflected in the district's acclaimed restaurants. The competition is always on to see who makes the best Cuban sandwich. Black bean soup and Cuban coffee are other specialties. The entire 110-block Ybor City district is filled with historic cigar factories and workers' homes, many of them reborn as shops, galleries, and restaurants. Kids will Game Works, A Steven Spielberg video game land at the Centro Ybor shopping and entertainment venue. For a walking tour visit the chamber of commerce.