At an hour west of Orlando, Tampa makes for the perfect day or weekend trip. I wish I’d chosen the latter of the two because one day was not nearly enough to explore everything I wanted to in this cool costal city.
As a coffeehouse lover, I investigated the best brews before making my way west. I prefer to research my destination and create somewhat of a framework for my excursions that allow for some flexibility and impromptu exploring, yet still act as a gentle guide. Let me tell you, the coffee scene in Tampa rules; it blew me out of the water not only because of the chic, modern ambiance, but a host of them serve drool-worthy food, too. I elected to give Buddy Brew Coffee a shot. After many minutes contemplating the menu and some awkward small talk with the barista, I ordered a pumpkin spice latte (‘tis the season!) and 2 olive oil poached eggs on toast. I could go on and on, but to keep it short, the artsy pumpkin latte was divine and I still dream about my eggs and toast… I wish I was kidding.
Other Tampa coffee houses on my hit list: Caffeine (2 blocks from Buddy Brew!), Buttermilk Provisions, The Blind Tiger Café and Foundation Coffee Co.
While I had every intention of wandering through the Tampa Museum of Art and Henry B. Plant Museum post-caffeine, I came across The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg while scrolling through my feed in Buddy Brew. My inner señorita sparked to life and Spanish studies called, so I sidetracked to St. Pete. After years studying Spanish language and culture (including prominent artists), stumbling upon this museum was like finding a pot of gold.
A few blissful hours later, I ventured down the road to Karma Juice Bar & Eatery for some açai before returning to Tampa. To finish off my day, I strolled down the popular Riverwalk and took in the views from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
Had I stayed longer, Datz would have been my dining venue and I’d have spent a full day in St. Pete! So much to see and do! Overall, I loved everything about my day in the Tampa area despite only getting a taste of what it has to offer.
Until next time!