Monday Walk: Ybor City

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Ybor City is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida, located in Tampa. There, you can taste the scent of roasting Cuban coffee early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night.

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This Cuba cigar shop demonstrates how their cigar is hand rolled.

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We decided to have dinner at the Columbia Restaurant.

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The Hernandez Gonzmart family opened this landmark Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City in 1905.

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Beautiful tiles are displayed in all the dinning rooms; and the exterior tiles are very special.

The Columbia placed its first exterior hand-painted tile in 1973. When third generation owners Cesar and Adela Gonzmart vacationed in Seville, Spain they fell in love with colorful tiles there. In 1978, Cesar spent $160,000 to cover most of the restaurant’s exterior with tile from Seville.

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The stunning crystal chandelier on the first floor:

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USA Toady named One of America’s Most Historic Restaurants.  

For Jo’s Monday Walk. Jo is taking us to Bowlees And Low Force to enjoy the beautiful scenery.


Have a great week! 🙂

76 thoughts on “Monday Walk: Ybor City

    • I almost forgot I was in a restaurant while touring myself. It took me a little while to get back to our dinning table, and hubby was eating by himself. 🙂
      Thank you so much for visiting!

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  1. Oh, what a lovely visit to Florida/Cuba here, Amy. The warmth, sun, tourists, and Cuban influence are well depicted in your photos. But my favorite is seeing all the richly colored and intricately designed tiles. Great post.


  2. Good morning Amy,
    Now that gives me new ideas for a vacation! We’ve been to Florida once, for a few days of bicycling, but we sure need to return there.
    Have a great week,


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  4. Wow, Amy!!! Your post today is incredible!! The architecture had my mouth hanging open. The intricate designs and the vivid colors … So much thought put into the creation of these buildings and I am sure there is much meaning behind what is depicted on the walls. Great photos, my friend. I thank you for showing me a place I probably will never see. ❤

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    • I always appreciate your sweet feedback, especially on my Monday Walk post! I was surprised when I got up to the second floor of the restaurant, so beautiful… Thank you for letting me share my travel experience, my friend. 🙂 ❤

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    • Very much like Spain, we visited there two year ago from Barcelona to Seville. This restaurant serves delicious tapas. Cuban pork sandwich was excellent! 🙂 Thank you for visiting!

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    • I was surprised when I walked in the restaurant, say the least. Dinner was great, I think my husband enjoyed more than I did since I was admiring the surroundings most of the time. 🙂

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  5. That was a great stroll in Ybor city! Did you also visit the Columbia Restaurant on the beach? It’s almost opposite from where I live, just over the bridge and also very nice 🙂


  6. Thank God I didn’t miss such a pleasurable walk in every way,dear Amy!Lovely city flavoured with a very special character and gorgeous the tile work of the restaurant!Seville influence is obvious,no wonder they re-arranged the tile work!Most elaborate patterns and designs,they look like fine mosaic Art!So many thanks for such a very special walk around Ybor city and at the dining place.I bet you enjoyed taking photos more than eating … 🙂 ❤ xxx

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