We live about 40 minutes outside of Tampa (during light traffic, if there’s no accidents, and it’s not raining… [eyeroll]) but we love so many of the amazing shops and restaurants so we try to get there as often as we can. Although Colton would say the absolute best places to go in Tampa are Raymond James Stadium (Bucs) or Amalie Arena (Lightning), I’m going to point you in a more day to day, slightly less… tailgatey direction. (Even though you should totally check out a few games because they are really fun)
For a fun atmosphere (roof top bar downtown?!) and great food, including tapas style and made to order artisan cocktails, check out this place. Just be sure to check the website or call ahead, the rooftop isn’t always open and some days they don’t open until later.
This is a great place to grab lunch with the girls in Hyde Park area before shopping or mani/pedis. They focus on fresh, local ingredients and always have friendly, helpful service. Ask about anything on the menu and they know where it came from and how it is prepared. A small market is also located within the market if you’d like purchase some food/drinks for dinner.
I could spend all day in Oxford Exchange. This restaurant/coffee bar/store is so beautiful that weddings are held here. Just be careful, it’s very easy to spend a LOT of money in this place. I’d suggest going for a special dinner or maybe brunch on the weekend.
You really have to know where this shop is to find it, but it’s definitely a place you want to check out. The hand picked designer clothing and accessories are finds you won’t see in many other shops around the area. Plus, they have killer sales. Last time I was there I got $200 shoes for $39!
Looking for something to do with your significant other that doesn’t involve dragging him shopping? (They’re so nice to pretend they don’t mind, LOL) Colton and I absolutely LOVE Cinebistro in Hyde Park. You can purchase tickets ahead of time online, get served food and alcohol at your seats (which are like recliners you’d have in your home!) AND you have to be 21 to enter the theatre. (No screaming kids or obnoxious teenagers ruining date night!) Definitely a must try.
Fan of Anthropologie? Just down the street from Cinebistro you’ll find Anthropologie, and a few steps farther you’ll find Juxtapose. A small boutique shop with expertly curated home goods, accessories and clothing. They also have a shop in St. Pete now in the new Sundial Center. Be careful here too, you’re going to want it ALL. You’ve been warned.
Enjoy Tampa : )