Hidden gems of Tampa


The Wat Thai temple source:http://www.wattampainenglish.com

Amelia Foster, A&E Editor

Growing up in Tampa, you swear that you’ve seen everything. You drive the same streets, eat at the same places, visit the same shops. But there are plenty unknown parts of Tampa that deserve to shine. Here some of the city’s best hidden gems.

Yogurt Naturally

Everyone swears that their ice cream shop has the best ice cream, but Yogurt Naturally actually does. Every bite of both their ice cream and their soft-serve frozen yogurt is pure bliss. Yogurt Naturally is an independent ice cream shop that makes their own waffle cones, and walking in you can smell the sweetness in the air. Relatively cheap and extremely delicious, Yogurt Naturally is a frozen treat perfect for either a hot day or when you’re craving an ice cream cone.

Address: 3906 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33611

Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-10 pm, Fri-Sat 12-10:30 pm, Sunday 3-9:30 pm

Wat Thai Temple Sunday market

While the market itself is a little out of the way, it is well worth it. The Wat Tampa temple has a Thai Sunday market that serves authentic Thai food prepared by Temple volunteers. The market is from 8:30 am to 1 pm and is cash only. Visitors can eat their freshly prepared food under the shade of the trees and the calmness of the temple. All proceeds from the market go towards upkeep of the temple, and the market is a relaxing (and delicious) way to spend a Sunday morning.

Address: 5306 Palm River Rd

Hours: Sun 8:30-1 pm


Squaresville is not your typical thrift shop, it’s a thrift shop specifying in vintage clothes from the 50’s through the 80’s. Relatively cheap, the store sells authentic clothing straight from the past, with a personal favorite being the horribly terrific shoes of the 80’s. Squaresville has become a Tampa favorite for hipsters and lovers of vintage clothing.

Address: 3224 W Bay to Bay Blvd

Hours: Tues-Sat 11 am-6 pm, Closed Sun/Mon

Inkwood books

Searching for a good book may just be one of the hardest things in everyday life; the book can’t be too long or too short, and it has to fit your preferences. Inkwood Books is the Goldilocks of all bookstores, they’ll help you find your perfect book and give you a few other recommendations. They are a cozy, independent store that welcomes all book lovers.

Address: 1809 N Tampa Street

Hours: Sun/Mon 11 am-5 pm, Tues-Sat 10 am-7 pm

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre

Going to the movie theater is a popular form of Friday night entertainment, yet movie prices and and the boring atmosphere can dampen even the best movie. Although drive-in theaters may seem like a thing of the past, there is still a family-friendly theater near Tampa. Ruskin Family Drive-in Theatre prides itself on its cheap prices, child play areas, and clean environment. Located in Ruskin (only around 30 minutes from Robinson), the theater screens mostly kids movies, is cash-only, and has a $6 fee for all people over 9 years.

Address: 5011 US-41

Hours: Box office opens at 7pm on Fri/Sat and 7:30 on Sun-Thurs

Vertical Ventures

In the hot Florida weather, it’s hard to get a fun exercise in outside of a gym or sports. Vertical Ventures is an indoor rock-climbing center suitable for both beginners and experts. Although memberships can be pricey, a day pass is only $16 and $10 for girls on Wednesdays. Vertical Ventures has beginning classes, trainers, and more to help get all climbers into their best shape. With other events like a Halloween Climbing Competition and Costume Contest, they’re well worth the money. Vertical Ventures is a unique way to hang out with friends while also working up a sweat.

Address: 5402 Pioneer Park Blvd

Hours: Closed Mon, Tues-Thurs 2-10 pm, Fri 2 pm-12 am, Sat 10 am-10 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm