In the past decade, Tampa’s downtown has blossomed. The opening of two new residential high rises have changed the skyline and paved the way for a revival of urban growth which included the opening of new restaurants, shops and parks. What was once a sleepy nine to five downtown is now a trendy new area equipped for live, work and play.
Downtown Tampa Restaurant Guide
Fly Bar & Restaurant – Downtown’s trendy dinning destination for drinks, dishes and live music with an artistic flair. www.flybarandrestaurant.com
First Watch – Take a break for signature coffee, free WiFi and elevated breakfast plates made with fresh ingredients in a simple and always delicious fashion. www.firstwatch.com
Eddie & Sams New York Pizza – Tired of Tampa Pizza not living up to Northeastern standards? You won’t be after eating at Eddie & Sams. www.eddieandsamspizza.com
Bamboozle Cafe – Have more than just an eating experience while enjoying the enchanting atmosphere and delicate flavors of Vietnamese inspired dishes made from fresh meats, veggies and fruits. www.bamboozlecafe.com
Taco Bus – Residents rejoiced when Tampa’s favorite cult classic taco stand on wheels found a permanent location in Downtown. Go see what all the fuss is about. www.taco-bus.com
Pizzaiolo Bavaro – The heart of this old-world Italian restaurant is the wood-fired brick oven and the recipes from a 3rd generation Neapolitan family. www.pizzaiolobavaro.org
Urban Cantino – World class Mexican food in a setting that feels like steps away from the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City(Wrestling Ring). www.urbancantina.com
Downtown Tampa Nightlife and Bar Guide
The Sail Pavilion – Casual outdoor, waterfront, urban tiki bar. Does it get any better than this? Find It on Facebook.
Taps Beer and Wine Eatery – One of the few restaurants where the beer menu (coming in at 8 pages) is longer than the food menu. www.tapswineandbeer.com
Hattrick’s – ESPN’s COLD PIZZA has ranked Hattricks in the Top Ten Sports Bar in the Country. Enough said. www.hattrickstavern.com
The Hub – With a philosophy that a good drink is a strong drink, this bar does not skimp on the booze. Beware of (& enjoy) the Famous “Hub Pour” that has a bit more kick than you are used to. www.thehubbartampa.com
Downtown Tampa Events & Activities
Yoga in the Park – Spend your Sunday evening exhaling the stress of the coming week at a free sunset yoga session sponsored by Yoga Downtown Tampa in Curtis Hixon Park. Every Sunday (Check website for start times, as they vary by season).
Yappy Hour – Every dog deserves a night out on the town. Join other dog owners at the Sono Cafe and Curtis Hixon Dog Area for drink specials for you and doogie treats for Fido. Third Friday of the Month. Free. On the Web
Downtown Market – Fresh fruit, veggies, honey, herbs, flowers, as well as clothes, jewelry and made to order lunches are available at this open air market. Every Friday from 10am – 2pm (Season Runs October – May). www.tampadowntownmarket.com
City Bike Tampa Urban Restaurant Tour – Put your bike to some good use during this guided bike ride that begins and ends in downtown and stops at five participating restaurants for free samples, specials and complimentary appetizers along the way. Once a Month. $5/person. www.citybiketampa.com
Tampa Water Taxi Co. – Take a tour (Harbor, Sunset, Tampa History or Eco) or simply get where you are going without any traffic aboard Tampa’s own water Taxi. www.tampawatershuttle.com
Downtown Shops & Cafes
Old Tampa Book Company – Browse shelves filled with over 40,000 rare, out-of-print, and classic books and sidewalk sale bins with $1 books every day. www.oldtampabookcompany.com
Cafe Hey – Have some culture with your coffee at Cafe Hey’s open mic and classic movie nights. Or if food is more your thing, try the daily soup specials. Mmm-hmmm good is a complete understatement. www.cafehey.com
Sono Café – This waterside café behind The Tampa Museum of Art serves “Slow Food” – wines, desserts, coffees, salads and gelato that should be enjoyed leisurely and relaxed. On the Web.