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Ybor City

Ybor City is a historic section of Tampa that has many brick buildings built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Known as the Latin Quarter of Tampa, Ybor City has many latin restaurants including Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Greek, and French.

The relocation of a cigar factory from Key West to Ybor City in 1886 was the catalyst to bring many other cigar makers, making Ybor City the cigar capital of the world for many years. This brought immigrants to work in the factories, open stores, and provide services.

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Ybor City

Ybor City was created in 1886 when Cigar Factory was moved there from Key West

Getting to Ybor City

Ybor City is northeast of downtown Tampa and is a 4 block by 5 block area between Palm Ave (10th Ave) and 6th Ave and 20th St and 13th Street. The easiest way to get to Ybor City is to take I4 and get off on exit 1 (SR 585) and head towards 21st/22nd Street.

There are several parking garages in Ybor City and Valet Parking is also available.

Historic Hotel

Don Martinez Ybor was the founder of Ybor City and today the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn is a boutique hotel that occupies a building originally built by Ybor in 1895. 

Ybor City Museum

The Ybor City Museum gives you a view back in time in a 1923 era Frelita Bakery. See a casita that is representative of cigar workers family home. There is also a lush Mediterranean Garden and a Museum Store.

Permanent Exhibits at the Ybor City include:

  • The Historic Cigar Industry - life in the cigar factories
  • The Founders of Ybor City
  • Life for the Cuban, Spanish, German, Sicilian, and Romanian immigrants
  • The Casita - the small homes lived in by cigar factory workers and other immigrants


Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City

Columbia restaurant in Ybor City Tampa has outstanding Spanish and Cuban Food

Great Restaurants

Ybor City is known for great restaurants - both historic restaurants like Columbia Restaurant and new restaurants including Acropolis Greek Taverna, Shrimp and Co, the Tampa Bay Brewing Company, and La Terrazza (Italian).

Columbia Restaurant is truly historic and an experience you will remember. The restaurants was named an All American Icon, earned the distinguished Restaurant of North American award, and was named one of Florida’s top 25 restaurants. Columbia Restaurant has been in Ybor City since 1905 and is operated by 4th and 5th Generation Hernandez Gonzmart family members.

The food at Colmbia Restaurant is Spanish and Cuban and there are performances by Flamenco Dancers.

Cigar Stores in Ybor City

Ybor City started as a Cigar Factory and today there are several cigar stores that sell hand rolled cigars. El Sol has Cigar Factories in Tampa, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic and is the oldest cigar store in Ybor City.

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