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Step Back in Time to Tampa's Historic Seminole Heights

From historic homes to vintage diners, this Tampa neighborhood appeals to hipsters and oldsters alike

Remember when families sat on shaded porches, sipped cool drinks and watched as children played tag and other games in the neighborhood park? In historic, charming Seminole Heights, they still do. Early 1900s Craftsman-style homes line scenic drives, and riverfront parks lure families and visitors outdoors year-round. Vintage diners and shops and hipster hangouts appeal to all ages.


Step back in time to an old-school, 1950s drive-up diner at Nebraska Mini-Mart, and turn your Friday night into a totally hip evening under the stars. Walk up to order chicken wings, messy fries or roasted Brussels sprouts, or choose from lighter fare as well as vegan options. Hang on the bleachers and drink your craft beer or summer wine, or start a game of shuffle board or bocce ball. 

Mandarin Heights (Courtesy Mandarin Heights)


The original neighborhood hangout for 14 years, Independent offers a chill hipster vibe and lots of craft beers to choose from. For a livelier late night, pop into Mandarin Heights and snag a trendy craft cocktail in this mid-century modern lounge that’s the perfect setting for your Instagram goals. 

Spaddy’s (Courtesy Marisa Langford)


On the second Sunday of the month, the Sunday Morning Market comes to the corner of Central and Osborne with local and handcrafted goods. Thrift at Vintage Post Market Place and sip on a cafe con leche from Spaddy’s.

Lunch at Bodega offers the best Latin street food in the neighborhood. Order a lechon or Cuban sandwich on fresh Cuban bread. Rooster & the Till’s menu changes often, but their stellar gnocchi with short ribs is a constant and will be your favorite meal of the night.