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Ybor City

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The Basics

Ybor City’s buildings are notable for their red brick facades and wrought iron balconies, and the area is one of only two National Historic Landmark districts in Florida. Dive into the city’s history and culture with a stop at the Ybor City Museum, then take a guided tour of a local cigar factory, and sample some of the neighborhood’s Cuban cuisine. Once the sun goes down, many local bars and restaurants offer live music.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tampa

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Very informative
Joe_P, Jul 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
Found out interesting facts about Ybor City and all the different nationalities that settled there originally.
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Ybor City walking food and history tour
Kimberly_A, Jul 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
The history of how Ybor City started. I also like the different foods experience. My family and I will definitely go back to one of the restaurants we experienced on the tour for dinner before we leave.
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Great ybor tour
Tammie_k, Mar 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
Enjoyed learning history of Ybor. Good pace of stopping in restaurants. Well organized. Good food. Appreciated her stopping in shade each time when talking!
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Awesome tour guide
Susan_H, Mar 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
Our tour guide was phenomenal This gal knew EVERYTHING you need to know and she was very informative and interesting
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Excellent food and plenty of it!
Ken_M, Feb 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
There was plenty of food. I don't know what people are talking about with there not being enough food. Cindy was an excellent tour host. My favorites were the wings the rice and beans and the coffee con leche. Definitely come hungry.
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Very enjoyable
Debbie_B, Feb 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
Ashley did a fabulous job. Very knowledgeable. Filled with plentiful atmosphere was wonderful I highly recommend this for a nice afternoon
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Great tour
Terri_F, Feb 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
This is a great tour. The food was better and more plentiful than on any other food tour we have taken, and we have taken a lot of food tours all over the world. The balance between food and historical tour was just right and Cindy was a fantastic guide.
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Wonderful
Suja_A, Jan 2021
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
Food was awesome as well as our guide. Wonderful walking tour. Learned a great deal about ybor city.
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A tasty walk through History
Cindy_B, Feb 2020
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
Many thanks to our guide Cindy for a wonderful tour through Ybor City. We had some very delicious foods to sample while we learned about the area. We highly recommend this tour!
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excellent
dotden2008, Jan 2020
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
We had a wonderful day. Six of us celebrating a birthday and received special treatment at each stop. Food was great and the guide was very knowledgeable.
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Fascinating and Tasty Ybor City
Robert_D, Nov 2020
Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour
Three cheers for Kristie. Thanks for an enjoyable day learning about the history and culture and ethnic foods of this amazing neighborhood. Thanks also for taking time for our ultra small group. We were enthralled with the history and fascinated by the buildings and memorials of important past leaders and the roles that the social groups played in the every day life of Ybor City. The foods we shared celebrated those ethnic groups and were delicious. From the German beer to the Cuban sandwiches to the Sicilian pizza, we savored every bite. We completed our tour enriched and fulfilled and tired. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A streetcar, historic movie theater, and game arcade make Ybor City a hit with families.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; this neighborhood is best explored on foot.

  • Visitors who want to linger in Ybor City can find a range of accommodation options to suit just about any budget.

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How to Get There

Ybor City is only a few minutes east of downtown Tampa. The neighborhood is bound by I-4 to the north, 22nd Street to the east, Adamo Drive to the south and Nebraska Avenue to the west. To reach the area via public transportation, take the TECO Line Streetcar from downtown Tampa, or take the number 5, number 8, and number 15 buses.

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When to Get There

Ybor City has plenty to offer both during the day and in the evening, and the neighborhood is known as one of Florida's hottest night spots. Visit on a weekend to browse the wares at the Ybor City Saturday Market in Centennial Park.

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Ybor City and Cigars

Tampa is sometimes called Cigar City, and Ybor City is known as the “Cigar Capital of the World.” Two of the nation’s oldest cigar-making companies—Arturo Fuente and J.C. Newman—both operate from this neighborhood. Visitors curious about the neighborhood’s cigar culture can explore the wares at several shops and smoking lounges and also book factory tours, where you can see Cuban-born artisans roll some of the world’s finest cigars firsthand.

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