This is Tampa's traditional Cuban neighboorhood and today is lined with bars and restaurants. There is a small museum, some art galleries and a lot of souvenir shops but the main attraction here is the food.
When you are visiting Tampa, hop onto the tram at Channelside to Ybor city (advised in the daytime) Once there, walk around the old cigar factory area, wander into antique stores, and enjoy the funkiness. Grab a bite (and if you are lucky a tour) of Columbia restaurant, a landmark in Tampa.
Ybor city is the area where Tampa's original ethnic inhabitants settled and is one of only three national historic districts in Florida.
At one time Ybor was the "Cigar capital of the world". Due to that distinction it is best known for its Cuban history but other ethnic groups who were new to America also settled in this area, including the Spanish and Italian immigrants. The area maintains its old feel, the streets are paved with bricks and the street lamps are wrought iron. They area is also littered with historical markers.
When walking the streets of Ybor look for:
1) Cigar shops = Ybor was originally Tampa?s cigar making districts and is therefore a great place to sit down and have a cigar and see demonstrations on hand rolling cigars
2) Columbian Restaurant - located at the far end of 7th street the Columbian is a landmark Tampa restaurant opened for lunch and dinner
3) Ybor Museum - Great way to get a feel for the area?s history
4) Shops - tons of small unique shops and galleries are in this area many our quite eccentric and fun to visit
5) Centro Ybor Entertainment district -is an upscale modern area but retains the Ybor's red brick facade and flavor located on 6th street and has modern shops, bars, nightclubs, eateries
6) Historical Markers that document the local area
7) Historic Buildings - These include the large cigar factories and ?Clubs? that serviced the ethnic population in the area. Most of these clubs are large red brick three story buildings and are easy to spot once you know to look for them. In the past these clubs were an essential part of the ethic populations. Clubs such as the Centro Espanol, Centro Asturiano and Unione Italiana have been restored and are still used today. Many are worth peaking inside. If your luck a club member will take you on a tour and explain the history of the building.
Swing Dancing is always a great thing to do around Tampa. There are many great venues to visit. I think one in Ybor is at Centro Asturiano every Thursday in the Grand Ballroom. Also, you can learn more about Tampa and other cities in the area at http://www.tampahomeguides.com.
Ybor City is known as Tampa’s Latin section and offers an eclectic array of Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Greek and French food, shops and bars.
This area of the city was originally founded in 1885 by Vicente Martinez-Ybor as a cigar-manufacturing center. Today, you can wander through the old cigar factories that have now been adapted into shops and restaurants. Ybor City is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida.
The atmosphere feels a little like New Orleans with wrought iron balconies and narrow stone streets. You can feel the history as you wander through the neighborhood.
On a slightly less appealing side, I’ve heard that most people are careful not to venture far from Ybor Centro at night as the area gets a little rough.
ybor city is an interesting and historic part of tampa. founded by vicente ybor in 1885 this area was the largest producer of cigars in the country. today there are only two cigar factories left in ybor city. 7th ave in central ybor is a fun place to visit. 7th ave. is lined with historic buildings, restaurants, bars, night clubs, and cigar shops. also located on 7th ave. is the famous columbia restaurant. a interesting and fun area to visit when in tampa. for more information see my ybor city pages.
Be sure to stop by this little museum when your in Ybor. I've been here several times and always enjoy it. A great way to get out of the heat and learn about Ybor and its heritage.
HOURS: Mon. - Sun. 9am - 5pm
COST: Adults $3.00,
Children under 6 FREE
A cigar roller works at the Ybor City Museum State Park from 11am to 1 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is included in the cost of admission to the museum.
Tours of La Casita
La Casita is open from 10 am to 3:00 pm. Tours are conducted every 30 minutes and are included in the cost of admission to the museum.
Walking Tours of Ybor City
Weather permitting walking tours of Ybor City start at the Ybor City Museum State Park every Saturday at 10:30 am. The cost is $6.00 and includes admission to the Museum and Casita. Only one tour is offered each Saturday and is limited to 20 people. No reservations required.
The tour focuses on Ybor's history, its cultural and ethnic heritage, and takes visitors up and down 7th Avenue. The tour includes a stop at Centro Ybor and ends at 21st street in front of the Columbia Restaurant.
Centro Ybor Museum and Visitor Information Center
1600 East 8th Avenue, Suite B104
Tampa, FL 33605
Hours: Monday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World. The name Ybor (pronounced EE-bore) comes from the name of one of the founders, a cigar maker named Vicente Martinez-Ybor, who opened the first cigar factory in 1886. In its heyday, Ybor City had about 140 cigar factories and produced 250 million cigars per year.
Today, it is Tampa's nightlife district offering about 60 bars, restaurants, and clubs for its estimated 30,000 visitors per night on the weekends. Featuring red brick streets, wrought iron lamp posts and balconies, and old brick buildings, Ybor City has a character all its own. Attractions include the Ybor City Brewing Company and Ybor Centro shopping mall. The TECO Line Streetcar System connects Ybor City to Channelside and downtown Tampa.
Ybor City is Tampa's original historic district that was settled by the Cubans and Spanish. Located in the northeast area of town, it has now become a hub for Tampa's bustling nightlife scene. Walking along Ybor's streets during the daytime, you'll run into an entirely different scene. Bluecollared workers and tourists comingle the almost deserted daytime streets.
Make sure and visit cigar shops, sample spanish or cuban food, watch flamenco dancing, and shop for latino gifts.
Some places/festivals of interest are:
Ybor City State Museum, 1818 9th Ave, which has a history of the area's cigar predominance.
Ybor City Brewing Company, 2205 N. 20th St, which gives tours of the microbrewery
Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. 7th Avenue, Florida's oldest Spanish restaurant and the world's largest
Guavaween, an October Halloween street festival full of bizarro costumes and people
Place for some good food and great music especially on weekends and nightswhen the streets fill up until 4am. There are several venues for ive-music. Also you can find a a brewery, movie theather and place to see and buy hand rolled cigars. Check out the Y'bor museum to see some of the cities history.
Cigar capital of the world and one of three national historic landmark districts in FL.
We were only there for a few hours.. .left feeling like we either need to go back to give it a second chance.. or not go back for the second chance. Maybe we just tried to hard to squeeze it in our plans and need to give it more time.
A lot of college aged people... really drunk and obnoxious.
On the plus side, Ybor City has a great variety of places to visit. Reminds me a lot of Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
YBOR....PRANA, AMPHITHEATRE, OR TWILIGHT...THEY ALL PLAY GREAT CLUB MUSIC AND ARE FILLED WITH GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE. PRANA IS THE BEST RIGHT NOW WITH 5 FLOORS EACH FEATURING DIFFERENT MUSIC AND TOP FLOOR IS OUTDOORS OVERLOOKING DOWNTOWN. ...BRING YOUR VISA, IT AIN'T CHEAP