If you're new to Tampa or have been a local for the long-term these unique places will inspire you to get out of the house. Tampa has amazing restaurants, parks, and coffee shops that your girlfriend will love. We're not talking about Busch Gardens or your local theme park.
These places are modern, unique, and great for that Instastory moment. Tampa is a great city to escape to the nearest beach and offers other nearby getaways in case you need a break. Tell your girlfriend to take a break from work and impress her with these places. Even though Floridians don't get snow during the winter, they get all-year long tropical weather to play and have fun.
Where: 615 Channelside Dr, Tampa
This outdoor waterfront destination recently opened to the public and features one acre of open space with an event lawn perfect to relax with a beer in hand. This is the perfect place to bring bae for happy hour or a delicious breakfast. The location features a dining garden, Splitsville, and a Fermented Reality Biergarten that serves over 30 taps with an emphasis in Florida craft beer. If bae gets hungry, the food hall has plenty to offer.
Where: 420 W Kennedy Blvd
This place is a must-try during the winter season. The Oxford Exchange has a European vibe that features a restaurant, bookstore, coffee house, and gift shop with the cutest decor ever. This place is like a big mansion where each room has its own personality able to fulfill a diverse range of interests. Here is where you can find a unique last-minute gift for your friend or get a delicious coffee while shopping for books.
Where: 1910 N Ola Ave
This historic neighborhood market is located in Tampa Heights and features innovative eateries. The place also will serve as an exclusive coworking space and will have dining options for those looking for a more intimate event. Right now you can check out the Heights Public Market that offers gluten-free and vegan options. Also, this place offers event spaces for upcoming birthdays, corporate events, or birthdays.
Where: 1810 N Highland Ave
This place serves native-inspired food and spirits in a rustic-chic setting. Come here during sunset and sit next to the big windows overlooking the bay. Ulele is just a perfect place for a couple who wants unique cuisine and barbacoa grill. The restaurant is located on Tampa's Riverwalk.
The Hall on Franklin
Where: 1810 N Highland Ave
Dress up and take bae on a fancy date to this fine dining food hall. This place is reinventing the dining experience by offering guests quality service, live music, and other top-notch experiences. You can walk around with your glass while enjoying the architecture or sit down for dinner. This place is a collective eatery for people with a diverse taste. The hall features Bake n' Babes, North Star Eatery, Heights Melts, Fork & Hen, Poke Rose, KoFe, and Sorellina.
Where: 1501 W Swann Ave
Explore seasonal flavors and great New American cuisine at this chic eatery. The restaurant is located in Hyde Park Village where every ingredient is thoughtfully sourced. The restaurant is a real gem offering unique plates such as scallops, beef ribeye, Portuguese chicken, orecchiette, cobia, and other delicious meals. If you're not that hungry you can just order a share board and drink some wine. Definitely the place to come with your best outfit.
Where: 901 W Platt St
Help your girlfriend maintain a healthy diet when you take her out. Boca serves sustainable, fresh, local, and seasonal cuisine. Here you can find a unique farm-to-table fare with high-quality ingredients. The place is cozy and inviting, perfect for a dinner of two. This place is also great for big groups looking to host a brunch birthday party.
Where: 2020 W Kennedy Blvd
Every coffee bean lover understands the quality of freshly roasted coffee. Bring your buddy or bae to this local coffee shop and enjoy a good brew. You can find Buddy Brew at Hyde Park Village fresh market. Also, you can help the environment by buying their reusable straws. Buddy Brew also sells Bolt, an organic cold brew option.
Big Ray's Fish Camp
Where: 6116 Interbay Blvd
This is a small and compact casual restaurant serving the best seafood in town and great sandwiches. It's one of Tampa Bay's best-kept secrets. The place has a vintage style with a fishing-shack vibe. Here you'll find authentic bay sourced food. The counter-style restaurant also has outdoor seating available for bigger groups.
Tampa Museum of Photographic Arts
Where: 400 N Ashley Dr
The perfect place for photographers and Instagram lovers. This museum exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. The future exhibition "Lost and Found in America" will feature a phantasmagoria collection on the nature of self and American dreaming. Visit this place and discover the numerous artistic work. Also, you can take photography classes.
Cigar City Brewery
Where: 3924 West Spruce Street
The place to find good beer with good friends. Bring your girlfriend to this brewery and try different beers at the tasting room. You can try many authentic beers such as the Jai Alai IPA, Improv Oatmeal Rye India, Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale, and other creations.
Where: 2109 Bayshore Blvd
You need to call ahead and know the password before you come to this bar. This exclusive speakeasy features a main lounge and private booths to gossip with your girlfriends. It's the perfect place for a birthday party that you can enjoy in a two-hour experience with hand-crafted cocktails and food. Private bachelor and bachelorette parties are hosted in their private spot but, you need reservations in advance before coming here.
Where: 1208 S Howard Ave
For the most romantic date ever, bring your girlfriend to this restaurant. Winter is the best season to visit this place for its unique decor. Here you'll experience high-end culinary experience and a vast selection of wine. The restaurant specializes on aged steaks, and you can get a wine cellar and kitchen tour.
Where: 2602 S Macdill Ave
This donut shop has whimsical and refreshing sweet donuts. You can get the most creative ice cream creation at this donut shop. You can combine home-made ice cream with artisanal donuts to make a unique donut ice cream cone. Many people don't know about this place, so whenever you're around town make it your bucket list.
The Wine Exchange
Where: 1609 W Snow Ave
Winter is the best season for wine tasting. This restaurant offers over 40 selection of wines and an outstanding food menu. Pair your favorite wine with baked brie or guacamole stuffed onion rings. It's a great place to come solo or with friends. We suggest you try the deviled eggs and dijon salmon. If you're not a wine person, the bar also offers other cocktails.
Where: 5910 N Florida Ave
If you forgot to make plans with bae, this is a great last-minute option. This restaurant offers farm-to-table cuisine and a rich brunch menu. Their food menu changes three to four times a week, as they work with local farmers to source the best ingredients. This restaurant has a homey aesthetic and has earned three James Beard Award nominations.
Where: 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd
Build a lasting connection with your girlfriend at this winery and casual dining spot. If you love wine tasting, this is the perfect place to warm up during those winter nights. Their wine selection has received numerous awards for its high quality. Choose a bottle and toast with your girlfriend for great times.
Where: 901 S Howard Ave
Forget old-school diners. This modern and upscale diner serves all-day breakfast with amazing shakes. Show your girlfriend how beautiful she is with a classic "You are Beautiful" mug. You can choose from breakfast bowls, omelets, egg sandwiches, shredder bowls, acai bowls, and house specialties. This is a budget-friendly option for those saving their pennies this winter season.
Where: 198 Bayshore Dr
Maybe you're not hungry, and looking for a more laid back adventure with your girlfriend. Straub Park has a great scenic view and a perfect location to visit this winter. Make a short trip to St. Petersburg and discover the amazing lights and Christmas tree. Take a picture with your girlfriend under the globe and use it to make holiday cards. While you stroll around the park, you can notice the different holiday decorations and lights. The part will also host a holiday movie night on December 21st. All you need to bring is a blanket or lawn chair.
Where: 2221 W Platt St
Taco dirty to me! Guac and tacos are good on a rainy or sunny day. No matter the season, this Mexican restaurant serves delicious nacho bowls, tacos, and vegan desserts in a casual setting. You choose whatever you want to add in your taco or bowl. The service is fast and efficient, with a friendly staff. Don't leave without tasting the horchata chia pudding and a street corn.
Before you run out of ideas, check this list twice. Most likely you'll find another hidden spot around these locations. Only foodies and avid explorers know some of these places and how to find these secret spots.