Collected by Flavia Bisi
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
I arrived into Tampa with an insatiable craving for Cuban cuisine. The eight hour drive to Tampa from Alabama was long, only to be exacerbated by my travel companion's excessive talk of all things food and wine. Different nationalities and dishes...
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...
1523 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
For over five generations cigars have been made in Ybor City. The days of the huge cigar factories are pretty much gone, but the tradition of hand-rolled cigars and places to smoke them continues. King Corona Café and Bar is a warm, inviting and...
3928, 170 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Beach Drive has become something of a hotbed for diverse dining in St Petersburg. Under the direction of Executive Chef and partner Jermy Duclut, Cassis American Brasseire provides a delightful setting for a nice meal at a reasonable price. At the...
101 1st Street Southeast, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
St Pete locals and visitors wander the stalls of the Saturday Morning Market in the shadow of old Al Lang Field and the Municipal Marina. Fresh honeys, jams, breads, eggs, organic vegetables and fruits, pineapple (peeled and cored while you wait)...
11400 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702, USA
Our favorite spot for fresh, ice cold, plump Apalachicola (Gulf) Oysters is the Crab Shack. The Crab Shack isn't fancy. Located on Gandy Boulevard on the northern fringe of St Pete, it's a come in your shorts, gator-heads-hanging-over-the-bar,...
420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
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...
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
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...
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...
615 Channelside Dr #117, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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...
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...
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...
400 Beach Dr NE #173, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
If I were walking blindfolded, I would still know when I'd come within ten feet of the Savory Spice Shop in St. Pete. The seductive scent of the store's treasure chest of spices escapes out the door every time it is open. It lingers to entice...
1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702, USA
There is more to the St Petersburg/Clearwater area than beaches and boating; there are quiet pockets of nature filled with beauty and wild creatures. Weedon Island Preserve is one of those spots. Located on the northwestern shores of Tampa Bay, it...
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...
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...
707 Harbour Post Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
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...
255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Home to an extensive and diverse art collection since 1965, the Museum of Fine Arts is an inviting oasis where you can enjoy work from around the world. The permanent collection includes pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well...
720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Just a stone's throw from the St. Petersburg Museum of Art and the Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection is a remarkable museum that showcases Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures. Vibrant colors and dramatic compositions are displayed in rooms designed...
400 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
I bit into the dark chocolate-covered caramel with just a hit of sea salt and I was intrigued. The chocolate maple cream sealed the deal. The chocolate raspberry heart? Well, I was done for. I have found the door to chocolate heaven and it's in my...
400 Beach Dr NE #169, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Whether you are looking for the perfect birthday gift, something new to perk up your mantle, or a souvenir from St. Pete to take home to the family, the Gift Box will have something that fits the bill. The Gift Box is definitely not one of those...
2909 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
Mazzarro Italian Market is, hands down, one of THE BEST things about living in St. Pete, FL. First, there are the smells: freshly roasted coffee, bread baking in the ovens, wheels and wheels of parmesan cheese, meatballs cooking in the kitchen,...
1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, USA
One hundred years ago, a plumber with an itch to garden bought 6 acres just north of downtown St Petersburg. He drained a small lake, constructed an elaborate system of clay tiles, and commenced planting a tropical paradise. After a few decades,...
425 22nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, USA
Two broad snouts snuffle up from the water at the edge of the walking path along Coffee Pot Bayou. A manatee and her baby drift over to the storm drain to drink fresh water coming down from nearby Lake Crescent. The baby cuddles close. A small...
875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA
The restaurant at the end of Rod and Reel Pier is a basic, funky, Florida fish and burger place. Decent food at a decent price. But it isn't just the food people come for. People come for the view over the crystal, clear turquoise waters of the...
St. Petersburg, FL, USA
St Petersburg is developing into a premier art town. It boasts three major art museums , a bounty of art galleries and studios, and a much loved 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Every second Saturday, galleries, studios, and workshops throw open their doors...
2529 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
The Grand Central District in downtown St. Petersburg won’t leave you wanting for much, but may just pull on your purse strings a bit. Antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, a bookshop and a record store dot the tree-lined avenue. And when it’s...
2025 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
Haslam’s Books is a vestige of old Florida, the Florida of flat strip malls built near interstate off-ramps with large signs announcing to travelers of the bargains to be found inside. Fading paint heralds its history: “Florida’s Largest Book...
1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705, USA
Sometimes it is hard to find a piece of "old" Florida; a reminder of what the Tampa Bay area looked like when settlers first came in the 1800s. Luckily Boyd Hill offers the visitor a glimpse into that not-so-distant past. Spend an hour or two...
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