Pronounced "EE-borh", Ybor City is a historic, Latin Quarter located just northeast of downtown Tampa
. Founded over a century ago, in the 1880's by Vicente Martinez-Ybor, this city is a blend of immigrants consisting mainly from Spain, Cuba
, and Italy.
Most notable among this neighborhood's many unique features was its multi-ethnic and multi-racial population, but After World War II, many people moved away and the neighborhood was abandoned. After several decades of neglect, part of the original neighborhood has been redeveloped into a popular night club, entertainment and shopping district
. In 2008, the main commercial street in Ybor City, 7th Avenue, was recognized as one of the "10 Great Streets in America", by the American Planning Association; Ybor City today is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida
Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. If you walk the brick lined streets in the morning, you get the scent of roasting Cuban coffee, but you can also stay all day and hear the rhythms of Latin music late into the night. When you get hungry, stop and enjoy authentic tapas and a pitcher of Spanish sangria in a café atmosphere, reminiscent of a Mediterranean village. Let's not forget, there is also Cuban, Italian, Greek and French cuisine to choose from and enjoy around the city as well. There are art galleries, a museum and many eclectic shops to browse. One thing is a must: you have to stop to see a famous "hand-rolled" cigar being made; Ybor City is known all over for them.
Ybor City Nightlife
Ybor City nightlife includes some of the hottest bars & night clubs in Tampa. Every thing from techno dance clubs, country music bars, outdoor patio bars, martini bars, entertainment venues and movie theaters. There are happy hour bars, live music jazz bars, as well as locations where you'll hear salsa, reggae and even hip-hop. After a long day of shopping or partying into the night, there is trolley transportation
to and from downtown Tampa, and to the popular Channelside - Port of Tampa
Today, Ybor City is alive with a variety of entertainment, amazing food, fantastic hand rolled cigars, art, music, and architecture. It is also a Historic District in the heart of Tampa, whose red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm that is a refreshing change of pace from the beach and the mall.
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com