Ybor City, located just northeast of downtown Tampa, is a hip town filled with immense culture and rich history. Experience Tampa’s “Latin Quarter” on foot by tasting local cuisine, sampling Cuban cigars, or simply exploring the area by foot. There is no better way to immerse yourself in Ybor than through the following Ybor City walking tours.
Ybor City Food Tours
Ybor City Food Tours is a walking tour that stops by some of the popular restaurants in the area. The tour allows couples to not only taste the history, but become completely immersed in it as well. They offer four food tours to couples: The Cuban Sandwich Food Tour, Farmer’s Market Tour, The Dessert Food Tour, and the most popular Original Historic Ybor City Food Tour. In this Original Historic Tour, couples experience 5-7 food and/or drink tastings for only $59 per person. Couples will taste a Cuban sandwich (an Ybor City staple dish), Columbian coffee, desserts, and more. Grab your loved one and head on down to Ybor City for this incredible food tour!
Tabanero Cigars Tour
Originally founded by Cubans, Ybor city has always been defined by Cuban cigars. It was once the cigar capital of the world, in which Tabanero Cigars was one of the first dispensaries for these magical tobacco sticks. The tour is 45 minutes within the Tabanero factory and includes a history lesson on Tampa and its relationship with cigars, as well as information on early days of Ybor.
In addition to history, the tour also walks couples through the manufacturing process of cigars. You and your significant other will see the rolling of cigars, learn of the aging process, and smell different tobacco leafs. Couples will also enjoy a complementary cup of Cuban coffee at the end of the tour, all for only $15 a person. For all the cigar fanatics, this is the tour for you!
Ybor City Walking Tours
If you and your loved one are more interested in history than anything, Ybor City Historic Walking Tours is an excellent option for your next date. It takes couples down the main street of Ybor, “La Septima Avenida” (Seventh Avenue), in which locals refer to as “Broadway.” Couples will learn about the beginning days of Ybor, as well as how it continues to be the only “Cuban-owned land in America.” While couples learn of Ybor’s rich history by an accompanied energetic guide, they can simultaneously take in all the beauty this city has to offer. The cost of the 2-hour tour is only $20 per person, making it an affordable outing for all couples.
For more information regarding tour times, see Ybor City Historic Walking Tours.
The tours listed above gives couples an opportunity to be a tourist in their hometown, potentially learning something new about their own backyard. Walking through a city, being meditative, and taking in its uniqueness is the best way to immerse oneself in a new place. Ybor City is calling you and your significant other for your next date!