Guide to Downtown Tampa

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Downtown Tampa

In the past decadeTampa’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 sleepynine to fivedowntown 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

Fresh - Lunch and breakfast on a new level, well more like a special hidden level that includes a dry cereal bar and array of over 34 different kinds of salad dressing. www.eatfreshdaily.com

L’Eden Restaurant and Bar – Three in One: French Bakery, Lunchtime Bistro and Global Fine Dining crafted from only fresh and quality ingredients. www.dine-at-leden.com

Pizza Fusion - Everything you want in a local pizzeria: the vibe – authentic and original, the staff – friendly and helpful, and the food – fresh and fantastic. On the Web

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

Sail Pavilion

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

Gilligan’s Hideaway – It’s easy to get stranded at this island bar and grill’s happy hour party patio. www.gilliganshideawaytampa.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

Martini Republic – Swanky martini bar that offers an urban, high-end ambiance and great happy hour specials.    www.themartinirepublic.com

Rock the Park

Downtown Tampa Events & Activities

Rock the Park -Free live music concert series with food & drink vendors at the waterfront Curtis Hixon Park. First Thursday of Every Month. www.rocktheparktampa.com

Yoga in the Park - Spend your Sunday evening exhaling the stress of the coming week at a free sunset yoga session sponsored by Happy Buddha Yoga Lounge in Curtis Hixon Park. Every Sunday (Check website for start times, as they vary by season). On the Web

Art After Dark - Experience all that art has to offer at this monthly Tampa Museum of Art event featuring live music and entertainment, special exhibits and a cash bar. Third Friday Every Three Months. $10 admission. On the Web

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

Old Tampa Book Company

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.

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