Tampa's lively Latin quarter is one of only a few National Historic Landmark districts in Florida. Bordered by Interstate 4 to the north, 22nd Street to the east, Adamo Drive to the south, and Nebraska Avenue to the West, it has antique-brick streets and wrought-iron balconies. Cubans brought their cigar-making industry to Ybor (pronounced ee-bore) City in 1886, and the smell of cigars—hand-rolled by Cuban immigrants—still wafts through the heart of this east Tampa area, along with the strong aroma of roasting coffee. These days the neighborhood is one of Tampa's hot spots, if at times a rowdy one, as empty cigar factories and historic social clubs have been transformed into trendy boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Tampa, Florida, United States
Nov 12, 2008
Pleasing historic area. Interesting architecture reminiscent of New Orleans. Good little history museum with adjoining historic house well worth a look. Plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants, most notably the Columbia Restaurant. Take the trolley or drive to get here, and avoid straying off the main drag area -- especially at night -- as the area surrounding it is unsafe.