Ybor City, Tampa
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Ybor City is a lovely place to come for lunch or dinner. Afterwards you can walk to the Ybor City Visitor Center and read about some of the history of the area. Being here is like being in an entirely different state so it adds a lot of variety to your vacation day. The architecture feels like New Orleans! They even sell beads and carnival-style masks! This is because it was settled around the same time as New Orleans, by a similar mix of immigrants. Cuban cigar factory owners came here, as did Sicilians, Italians, Germans, Romanians, and Spanish.
Dip inside the attractive Ybor City Visitor Center and you can read about the history. If you have a little girl, she will love buying some beads or an ornate fan there. Another good place to take in some of the history of the area is the Ybor City State Museum.
A great place to eat is Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza with gorgeous outdoor seating on a terrace: white sun umbrellas, pale bistro chairs, palms and strings of lights. Inside it's just as nice with a tile floor, wooden tables, candalabras, and big windows looking out on the terrace. The prices are reasonable, the Italian food is great, and you can have gelato for dessert!
After 9pm on Friday and Saturday night this area gets pretty wild with a party crowd.
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Colorful trolley car driving through Ybor City.
The outdoor patio at Cristino's Italian Restaurant.
Pedestrian bridge over 8th Ave.
Large plaza on 8th Ave.
Ybor City is located around 7th/8th Ave and 17th St in Tampa. There are plenty of parking lots, and parking fees are reasonable.
Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza, 1701 E. 8th Ave, Tampa FL 33605, call (813) 248-2056.
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center, 1600 E. 8th Ave, Tampa FL, call (813) 241-8838. Open M-F 10-5, S 11-6, Sn 12-5.
Ybor City State Museum, 1818 9th Ave, Tampa FL, call (813) 247-1434. Open daily 9-5. Admission is $4 per person aged 6 and up.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.