Located just northeast of downtown Tampa lies Ybor City—one of Tampa Bay’s most historical neighborhoods. Founded in the late 1800s by cigar manufacturers, Ybor City became home to thousands of Spanish, Cuban, and Italian immigrants. Even today, the brick cigar factories of the 1800s stand strong. Ybor City has been home to notable figures, including Al Lopez (MLB, Baseball Hall of Fame), Ferdie Pacheco (boxing personality), and Joe Lala (musician, actor)— among many others.

Although Ybor City is known for its place in Florida history, the Tampa neighborhood has grown to be a modern, urban community with a number of award-winning restaurants, shops, bars, and nightclubs—making it perfect for a night out with a date, or some friends—meet for dinner at Bernini’s, then a show at the Improv Comedy Club, followed by cocktails at Gaspar’s Grotto. If you’d prefer a more relaxed evening, stop by the Ybor City Wine Bar or catch a movie at Muvico.

Throughout the year, crowds from all around are drawn to the various festivals and events hosted annually by Ybor City, including Fiesta, a weekend event celebrated in mid-February celebrating Latin culture and food; Gasparilla night parade—the nighttime celebration of Pirates invading Tampa Bay; and Festa Italiana—a weekend festival in mid-April celebrating Italian culture and food.

With transportation to downtown and Channelside by way of the TECO streetcar, and easy access to I-275, I-4, and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway, Ybor City is perfect for individuals desiring central location.

Compliments of Greater Tampa Association of Realtors