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.
This Cuba cigar shop demonstrates how their cigar is hand rolled.
We decided to have dinner at the Columbia Restaurant.
The Hernandez Gonzmart family opened this landmark Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City in 1905.
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.
The stunning crystal chandelier on the first floor:
USA Toady named One of America’s Most Historic Restaurants.