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Tampa's historic and vibrant Latin Quarter offers historic sites during the day and sizzling nightlife after dark.
A walk down 7th Avenue is truly a walk through the history of Ybor City. In the 1880s, it was a melting pot of immigrants from Spain, Cuba, Germany and Italy. Ybor was home to some of the world's most famous cigar factories and early residents made their living from cigar making or the cigar trade. Ybor remained the Cigar Capitol of the World until the 1930s.
When it comes to food, New Orleans is known for its po' boy, Philly, the cheesesteak and Maine's culinary claim to fame is the Lobster Roll. Tampa's claim? The Cuban sandwich. Ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, mustard - was made for Ybor City cigar workers. Sicilians and immigrants from other parts of Italy joined Spanish and Cuban immigrants in the cigar factories and Genoa salami was added, transforming it into the Cuban sandwich. But it's the bread from La Segunda Central Bakery that makes an authentic Cuban.
Sit back with your cigar and Cuban and blend in with the locals! And, if you happen to be in town on a Saturday - Ybor City Saturday Market is not to be missed. Full of locally produced items unique to Tampa, the market operates every Saturday starting at 9am, year round, rain or shine.