Out and About in Ybor City
On Saturdays, drop in at the Ybor City Fresh Market for fruit, baked goods, and other treats. It's at 8th Avenue and 18th
Street; (813) 241-2442.
Dine on Spanish/Cuban fare and watch flamenco dancers at Columbia Restaurant, the oldest dining establishment in Florida. Try the house specialty version of paella ($21.95) or La Completa Cubana ($17.95), a feast of roast pork, plátanos, empanada de picadillo, black beans, and yellow rice. While waiting for a table, see artisans make hand-rolled cigars at Gonzalez y Martinez Cigar Company in the same building as the restaurant.
Walk over to the Ybor City Museum State Park to see exhibitions about the cigar industry and tour a home where workers lived.
Browse the shops at Centro Ybor, an open-air entertainment complex, which once was home to Centro Español, the first Spanish club. For trendy fashions and funky home decor take a look at Urban Outfitters and Metropolitan Deluxe.