In the past decade, Downtown Tampa 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. 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. 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. 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. bamboozlecafe.com
Oxford Exchange – Feel like you are in the middle of a major metropolitan city at this classy restaurant perfect for bruch or a working lunch. oxfordexchange.com
Tampa Pizza Company – Everything you want in a local pizzeria: the vibe – authentic and original, the staff – friendly and helpful, and the food – fresh and fantastic. tampapizzacompany.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. 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. 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). urbancantina.com
Malio’s Prime Steakhouse – For a fancy night out and a great meal, Malio’s delivers on elegance and deliciousness. maliosprime.com
Ulele – This is more than restaurant, it’s a full experience that includes a beautiful atmosphere, waterfront location, fresh brewed beers, and top-notch cuisine. ulele.com
Anise Global — Great place to meet up with friends for a trendy night out with small bites and boss craft cocktails. aniseglobal.com
Downtown Tampa Nightlife and Bar Guide
The Sail Pavilion – Casual outdoor, waterfront, urban tiki bar. Does it get any better than this?
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. tapswineandbeer.com
Hattrick’s – ESPN’s COLD PIZZA has ranked Hattricks in the Top Ten Sports Bar in the Country. Enough said. hattrickstavern.com
Anchor Bar – You don’t need tons of square footage to have a great bar, you just need good bartenders in a chill atmosphere. anchorbartampa.com
Paddy Wagon – It’s the perfect neighborhood bar you didn’t know you were missing. paddywagontampa.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).
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 Thursday from 3pm – 7pm (Season Runs October – May). tampadowntownmarket.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. 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. 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. 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.