In its heyday Ybor City was once the cigar capital of the world where thousands of Cuban, Spanish and Latin workers produced cigars in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The area still retains its Latin legacy with it Spanish-style architecture, wrought iron balconies and cobblestone streets. Today, the area is a shopping and entertainment district with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.
From Tampa Today:
"The historic Latin quarter and former center of cigar manufacturing wears two hats today: a creamy Panama for daytime lunching, shopping, cigar smoking and coffee sipping, and a black fedora for the high-spirited playground it becomes at night."
To Do: Street walks (7th Ave); Cigar-making; Shopping; Sip Mojito's at the Columbia Restaurant at the bar; Dining; Tampa Bay Brewing Company; note: Off-street public parking available
About: To learn more about Ybor City - its history, geography, culture and more ... click here.
*The Trolley Station
*Centro Ybor (renamed) from across the street
*The Columbia Restaurant (and door)
*Street scenes and cigar shops in action
*Interior architecture of restaurants
*Nighttime - people gathering, shops
Other: Dining: Bernini Italian Restaurant for lunch and The Columbia for Mojito's (by the pitcher and at the bar)