Unconventional Tampa: An Insider's Guide

Unconventional Tampa: An Insider's Guide

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From the best shops to the greatest places to eat, drink, and play, experience Tampa like a local with our guide.

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    Relax on this quiet island, with a mix of mansions, apartments and modest homes, along with a yacht club and a small downtown strip.
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    This has become one of Tampa's top tourist attractions. The huge complex looms over Interstate 4 and the Florida State Fairgrounds. Gambling and carousing go on 24 hours a day.
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    The restaurant has a formal dining room, but it made its reputation with an old-fashioned diner counter that curves through a busy room next to the kitchen. Orders fly in Spanish and English. The late-night crowd includes old couples, young hipsters and anyone else interested in good, cheap Cuban food.
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    Brocato's, which opened in 1948, draws the young and old, rich and poor, whites, blacks and Hispanics. Police officers love the place. Half the time, it seems, there's a squad car parked out front. It's famous for deviled crab cakes, a traditional Tampa dish. On this menu, though, they're called "Devil Crabs."
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    You cannot leave Tampa Bay without going to Columbia—Florida’s oldest restaurant. There are a few locations, but the historic Ybor City restaurant is where you can get the full Columbia experience. For lighter fare, try the Original 1905 Salad or the Cuban sandwich. If you have more time, sit back and enjoy some sangria and paella!
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    Head to Historic Hyde Park Village for stylish clothing and home finds at Juxtapose, Southern lifestyle essentials at Salt Pines, and fashionable shoes at Navy. For women’s clothing,Deborah Kent’s and Penelope T are not to be missed!
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    South Tampa has a ton of great shopping! Head over to Hyde Park and check out Magnolia, Marketplace Interiors and Clayton Gray Home for some of the best home décor and gift shopping around.
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    Tampa is home to the longest continuous sidewalk in the world. And best of all, it is right along the water. This is the best place to walk, run, or bike to see views of the Bay and the city!
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