SUNCOAST: Shopping


Beneath the towering oak trees of one of Tampa’s oldest and most glamorous neighborhoods is Hyde Park Village, an eclectic collection of specialty shops, from designer boutiques to unique local stores full of treasures. Just around the corner from the Village is South Howard Avenue, or SoHo, a cornucopia of dining delights with over 35 eateries offering scrumptious delights for every palate.

Strolling the brick-lined streets of the former “Cigar Capital of the World” Ybor City, vintage clothing stores, art galleries, coffee houses, cafes, bistros and nightclubs can be found here. In addition to antique furniture, gargoyle statues and handcrafted Spanish tiles, hand-rolled cigars can still be purchased in the old brick buildings of this National Historic Landmark District. The Latin Quarter’s latest development, Centro Ybor, offers shopping, dining and entertainment with stores like Urban Outfitters and restaurants such as Samurai Blue.

Those in search of upscale retail establishments such as Saks Fifth Avenue will enjoy WestShore Plaza and the International Plaza, world-class retail shopping destinations. With anchors Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, those in search of quality, luxury and high fashion can find the perfect item. In addition to its department stores, approximately half of International Plaza’s 200 specialty shops are new to the area, including Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, J. Crew and Cole Hahn.