Ybor City

Perhaps Tampa’s best-known neighborhood, Ybor City chronicles the history of Tampa’s (and arguable Florida’s) immigrant experience and the local journey along the country’s economic roller coaster ride.

“Founded in 1886 by Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City became ‘the cigar capital of the world’ by 1900,’’ boasts the City of Tampa’s website. A thriving hub of tobacco manufacturing, it soon became home to a growing working class of immigrants from Spain and Cuba and Italy, as well as from Germany, Eastern Europe and China as entrepreneurs, restauranteurs and shopkeepers arrived to meet a growing community’s needs.

That thriving pool of diverse talent created a living environment rich with an abundance of talent and innovation in architecture, dining, entertainment, social and civic organizations, housing and health care. 

It’s that image of American success and not the ups and downs in between that developers see today in their vision for the future of Ybor City as an attractive hub of live, work, play and stay spaces for creatives, artists, techies, foodies, designers, educators and innovators connecting Tampa’s Downtown, Port Tampa Bay and neighborhoods to the north and east.

Feature Story Tugboats helped maneuver ship traffic through Tampa Bay and surrounding waters.

Masthead gallery: Touring Port Tampa Bay

Feature Story Gallery114@HCC Ybor City Campus is one venue on the first Spring Ybor Arts Tour.

April arts roundup: Spring Ybor Arts Tour blooms

For Good Fiesta Day celebrates the history and culture of Ybor City.

Step back in time and celebrate diversity at Ybor City's Fiesta Day

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Masthead gallery: Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade

Feature Story A rendering of Gas Worx, the mixed-use district that will link Ybor City with downtown Tampa's Channel District.  The first phase is slated for completion in summer 2024

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Feature Story The 77th annual Ybor City Fiesta Day celebrates the historic Tampa neighborhood's culture and history on Saturday, February 24th.

Masthead gallery: Historic Ybor City