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55 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France
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No phone, no reservations. Things might seem strict and serious at Top Chef finalist Pierre Sang's first restaurant in Paris but it's all creative flavor pairings and playful presentations in the kitchen. On the inside - warm, exposed stone walls,...
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7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
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It’s not easy to find beachfront dining in the Tampa area, but you can nearly put your feet in the sand at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach. The most popular item on the menu is the grouper sandwich; made fresh from the Gulf of Mexico...
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400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
For the perfect day-trip from Tampa Bay, visit St. Pete Clearwater. Just 30 minutes from the more lively Tampa Bay lies 35 miles of soft, sugar-white sand. The Gulf of Mexico beaches offer activities for everyone—lying about, reading a book,...
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10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
As of mid-2013 the local tourism board likes to promote Clearwater Beach as the "Best Beach Town in Florida" though I recall previous "Best Beach in America" and "Top X Beaches in the World" titles having been used while researching a visit....
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Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
About a 30-minute drive west of downtown Tampa, this popular beach on the Gulf of Mexico is built up with mid-range and luxury hotels, shops, and restaurants. But all that matters when you’re down on the shore is the sugar-fine sand and...
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Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
Clearwater Beach is just the right amount of camouflage and class. Old, young, families and singles all agree on one thing: this stretch of sand is one of the finest in the world. Powdery white sugar sand perfectly offsets the blue-green waters of...
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1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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When in America, the Dali Museum is the place to see the works of the Spanish artist Salvador Dali. The lovely waterfront museum houses the largest collection outside of Spain including: 96 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300...
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1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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What a treat to return, after 13 long years, to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL and find it in a new, striking building designed with Dali's life in mind. This picture is looking out from the museum onto Tampa Bay.
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1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
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The Dalí Museum has a wonderful collection of Salvador Dalí's work. From postcard-sized paintings he did as a child to mural masterpieces, the many sides of Dalí's work fills rooms worth wandering. The museum offers a knowledgeable tour, has a...
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420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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The Oxford Exchange is my new favorite place in Tampa. First, there are books. Not just any books, but a well curated selection of books on interesting subjects, well displayed with helpful hints from bookstore staff. The room is light-filled and...
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701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
A 10-year-old boy giggled while he took a video of a playful otter turning somersaults, over and over again. The only thing that separated them was a glass panel and a few inches of air space. It was just another day of magic at the Florida...
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Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Stretching 2.4 miles along the Garrison Channel and Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa, the Riverwalk is a paved path perfect for walking, jogging, or biking along the beautiful waterfront of Tampa. Landscaped parks and sculpture gardens provide...
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2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
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Founded in 1905 as a small café serving Cuban coffee and sandwiches to local cigar factory workers, the family-owned-and-operated Columbia has grown into an iconic Spanish restaurant that has been visited by generations of Tampa residents and...
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507 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
For over 18 years, the Old Tampa Book Company has provided a haven for book lovers in downtown Tampa. Stocking over 40,000 rare, used, and out-of-print books, it is always possible to find that special treat for your reading pleasure. The OTBC is...
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510 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Every Sunday from October through May, the 600/700 blocks of Franklin Street in downtown Tampa come alive with local foods, arts & crafts, and music. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., local vendors sell everything from fresh-made German bread to produce...
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901 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
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Farm-to-table restaurants are quickly becoming the most sought-after dining experience and a local favorite in South Tampa is Boca. Working with local farmers, Boca’s menu features tried and true favorites, as well as rotating features depending...
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Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL, USA
Running south from downtown Tampa, Bayshore Boulevard is the world’s longest continuous stretch of sidewalk, making it the perfect place for running, walking, biking, rollerblading, skipping—whatever your heart desires. Need a distraction from the...
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744 S Village Cir, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
Tucked away between sprawling homes on tree-lined streets, the quiet residential neighborhood of Hyde Park Village is one of Tampa’s best retail spots. The sidewalk cafes, boutiques and specialty shops mingle with national store names to give the...
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Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
Founded in 1885, Tampa's Ybor City became the center of cigar making in North America. At one time there were 230 cigar factories employing 12,000 cigar makers and producing 700 million cigars a year. One of only three Historic Landmark Districts...
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707 Harbour Post Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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A light summer rain fell, as we sat in a corner booth eating a mid-afternoon snack of cheeses, jalapeño hummus, local honey, crostini, peach preserves, and pickled olives and garlic. Our attentive waiter kept our glasses of iced tea filled as we...
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615 Channelside Dr #117, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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Channelside Bay Plaza is a multi-faceted entertainment center located on the Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa. Channelside offers a variety of dining spots, including fine ethnic foods at Tinatapia's (tapas), Thai Thani, or Oisi Sushi. Qachbal's...
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333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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Located along the Tampa Riverwalk where the Garrison Channel and Hillsborough River come together, the Sail Pavilion (the structure with the blue roof in the photo) is Tampa's only 360-degree waterfront bar. Open from 2 p.m. to last call, the Sail...
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700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Florida sunsets are famous for their beauty. What better way to enjoy one than from a deck of a sailing catamaran on the waters of Tampa Bay? Tampa Bay Sailing Tours offers a two-and-a-half-hour sunset sail from the dock just below the Sail...
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5910 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604, USA
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The menu at The Refinery in Tampa’s historic Seminole Heights neighborhood changes weekly and always features the freshest available ingredients. Whether produce, fish, meat, or cheese, nothing served in-house is made out of house (unless it’s a...
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208 E Cass St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Get on your (rented) bike and ride through the streets of Tampa with City Bike. Guides wind riders through the downtown area, into historic Ybor City, and over to the tree-lined Hyde Park neighborhood, all the while regaling the group with...
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705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Over 530 Victory cargo ships were built during World War II to supply U.S. war efforts. Of those, only three remain in operation. The SS American Victory served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The ship was saved from the scrap heap in 1998...
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1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
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Founded in 1995 by a family on a mission to bring better beer to Tampa, Tampa Bay Brewing Company is still going strong and set to expand to a second location. Here, along with a wide selection of beers handcrafted on-site by the brewpub's own...
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7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607, USA
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Whiskey Joe's is fun place to grab drinks with a group of friends. The real draw, however, is the sunset from the back deck—best enjoyed with a happy hour cocktail in hand.
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1202 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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Nestled outside downtown Tampa sits Fly Bar & Restaurant—but don’t let the quiet neighborhood fool you. This urban bar is the ultimate in cool. With a rooftop deck that affords sunset views over the city, it's the perfect place to sip one of their...
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442 W Grand Central Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
Housed in a beautiful 120-year-old building across the street from the University of Tampa, the Baisden Gallery occupies 2,000 square feet, in three separate exhibition spaces. The gallery specializes in contemporary studio glass by the world's...
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711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Beloved. Magical. Lush. Romantic. Historic. Cinematic. All these words and more have been used to describe the glorious and much loved Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa. Built in 1926 as a much anticipated movie palace, the Theatre was restored and...
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803 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Duckweed Urban Market, a little shop in downtown Tampa, is serving up fresh juices with unique flavors—and the combinations may just surprise you. The juice menu changes daily but sample features include Mint Dream (pear, apples, cucumber, lime...
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3045 N Rocky Point Dr E, Tampa, FL 33607, USA
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Tropical drinks, tiki torches, and Caribbean dishes set the mood at this easy-going waterfront bar and grill. Several nights a week, live reggae and contemporary tunes add to the island vibe.
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7030 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33634, USA
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Run by a family with 10 years' experience of running a restaurant in Korea, One Family offers the authentic taste of their homeland. Don't be put off by the restaurant's unassuming appearance and strip mall location, it offers delicious food at...
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420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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We ordered a second pot of tea just to keep our table for a few more hours, like a beach-goer inserting more coins in a soon to be expired meter to preserve her spot of sandy paradise: The solarium at the Oxford Exchange was the perfect place to...
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801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
The Tampa Bay History Center takes visitors through 12,000 years of Florida's history. Interactive, family-friendly, exhibits tell the stories of the lives of Florida’s first inhabitants: European explorers, cowmen and crackers, citrus growers,...
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601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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Whether you are in the mood for a romantic dinner under an arbor on the water, grabbing a drink with friends and watching sports on TV, or dancing the night away, Jackson's Bistro is the place for you. It's located on Tampa's Harbour Island at the...
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701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Tampa Bay is home to more than 500 bottlenose dolphins, hundreds of manatees, and many different types of birds native to the bay and adjacent mangroves and wetlands. The Florida Aquarium offers their Wild Dolphin Cruise (daily, weather...
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A surprising find in Tampa, this Buddhist temple (also known as Thai Temple) is set in beautiful landscaped grounds and holds a Sunday market every week, which is filled with various food stands selling Thai dishes. Other special events take place...
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401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
The Tampa Bay Times Forum is a premier venue for lovers of sports, music, and spectacle. The newly renovated TBT Forum has 20,500 comfortable seats, dining and drinking opportunities, great acoustics, and helpful staff. Home to the National Hockey...
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Tampa, FL, USA
Would you like to travel back in time to when streetcars ruled downtown streets? Is the day just a bit too hot for walking? Would you like a quick tour of downtown Tampa from old to new? Then hop on the old-fashioned, yellow Teco Line Streetcar...
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1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
The Straz Center for Performing Arts is a multi-faceted jewel on the banks of the Hillsborough River in Tampa. With five theaters and a rehearsal hall ranging in size from the intimate 130-seat Simberg Playhouse to the 2,610-seat Carol Morsani...
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400 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, located along the Hillsborough River in the downtown Tampa River Arts District, showcases an ever-growing collection of photography as well as curated and traveling exhibits. Exhibits are housed on the 2nd...
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4103 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609, USA
A family-owned Tampa staple for some 42 years, Jimbo’s Pit Bar-B-Q is where hungry locals go to get saucy. Try the chopped pork sandwich platter, crispy hush puppies (some say they are hands down the best hush puppies), and the self-service pickle...
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7627 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607, USA
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Situated under the Westin Tampa Bay Hotel, Aqua restaurant's waterfront location inspires a primarily seafood cuisine complete with a beautiful raw bar. With a romantic ambiance, the restaurant is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or...
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700 Harbour Post Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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Sure the kitsch factor is turned up fairly high—it is called "That's Amore," after all—but this Italian restaurant has an attractive waterside setting that lends itself to romantic sunset viewing while sharing a slice of tiramisu. On the weekends...
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5620 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607, USA
Cypress Point Park offers a relaxing nature escape in the city. Plentiful amenities include a children's playground, a disc golf park, covered pavilions, and jogging trails.
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took our 1st re-positioning cruise on the Carnival Legend Apri, 2013. this is absolutely, positively the way to cruise. we have been on many cruises but cost-wise and cruise time-wise this was best. the cruise was 16 days leaving from Tampa and...
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1437, 2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607, USA
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Though the name may sound a bit rustic, this waterfront restaurant offers fresh seafood, white-linen service, and gorgeous views of Tampa Bay. Nearly every table has a window view, making it a romantic spot for a sunset dinner. The Sunday...
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1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
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Simply put, Bern’s is a Tampa institution and probably the one place you should plan to eat if you only have one night in town. The stark, rather dull facade of the building in the heart of South Tampa doesn’t prepare you for the...
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401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
Take some time to visit this example of Moorish revival architecture unique to Tampa. Constructed in 1891 as an opulent Victorian-era hotel, it's now listed as a National Historic Landmark. The museum and themed exhibits will transport you back to...
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6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33637, USA
Lettuce Lake Park is located just 20 minutes northeast of downtown Tampa. Here, 240 acres of swamp, forest and floodplain are crisscrossed by about two miles of paths lined with pine needles and dirt. The hum of the nearby highway is almost...
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1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604, USA
Visitors to the Tampa Zoo learn about habitats the zoo offers though active participation in some of the zoo’s interactive exhibits. For example, guests can feed lettuce to the giraffes or get behind-the-scenes views of wildlife on “Expedition...
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1 Steinbrenner Dr, Tampa, FL 33614, USA
There’s nothing more American than baseball, and that goes double for the Major League Baseball team, the New York Yankees. Every February through March in Tampa is the New York Yankees spring training season. Check out the big leaguers as they...
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725 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Relax and restore after a long day at our waterfront island refuge in the heart of downtown Tampa and overlooking the sparkling harbor.
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Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ, USA
Well, my favorite beach at Washington Ave. in Avon, New Jersey is ready for the Summer of 2013. After the severe damage to our area beaches and beach towns, New Jersey is "Stronger than the Storm." On June 15th, the season will begin. Not...
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Rosemary Beach, FL 32413, USA
Located in South Walton—roughly in between Panama City and Destin on Florida’s scenic coastal route, 30A—Rosemary Beach’s perfect white sand and clear turquoise waters are as close to the Caribbean as Florida comes. Unless...