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Fresh Finds | Tampa, Florida

Fresh Finds | Tampa, Florida

Happy New Year! For the weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year's, I escaped the Chicago cold and spent time in my hometown of Tampa, Florida. Although it wasn't quite warm enough for daily beach visits, I did have the opportunity to check out some of the new spots that have popped up in my time away. OBVIOUSLY this post is laden with coffee shops, but I've also included a couple of restaurants and shops for good measure. Be sure to check them out if you're in the area! 

 Fancy Free Nursery | 1502 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Fancy Free Nursery | 1502 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights is a historic neighborhood north of Downtown that's been slowly becoming the trendy spot in the city. While there, I checked out Foundation Coffee Co. (see photos below). The coffee was GREAT and the space was amazing aesthetically. It industrial in nature with a patio lined with greenery in the back. 

Foundation Coffee Co. | 1607 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Down the block from Foundation, I tried The Hall on Franklin, a sit-down dining hall with a wide variety of food selections. They just opened a few months ago and it was SO good! 10/10 would recommend. 

The Hall on Franklin | 1701 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

 Foundation Coffee Co. | 1607 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Foundation Coffee Co. | 1607 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

 Foundation Coffee Co. | 1607 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Foundation Coffee Co. | 1607 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Right on the backside of Foundation was Fancy Free Nursery. WOW I was in heaven with greenery galore! I basically stepped in to my dream of being surrounded by plants and white brick. *insert heart eyes emoji here*

Fancy Free Nursery | 1502 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

 Fancy Free Nursery | 1502 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Fancy Free Nursery | 1502 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Ybor City

I had heard about The Blind Tiger a little while ago, and I happened to stumble upon it when I was walking around in Ybor one day. I love the speakeasy inspiration in this place as well as the menu. I will definitely be making a more intentional stop next time I'm in town!

The Blind Tiger Cafe | 1901 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

 The Blind Tiger Cafe | 1901 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

The Blind Tiger Cafe | 1901 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

St. Petersburg

Just over the bridge from Tampa is St. Petersburg, one of my favorites beachfront towns. My sister and I did some brunching at Cassis American Brasserie (170 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701), which was VERY tasty! After, we went to check out Bandit Coffee. This place has been on my list for quite some time, so it was great to finally go! I had a Spicy Cocoa Latte and oh my gawd WOW, so tasty with a kick. They also have a pretty cute mural that makes for great Instagram pics (let's be honest). 

Bandit Coffee Co. | 2662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

 Bandit Coffee Co. | 2662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Bandit Coffee Co. | 2662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

 Bandit Coffee Co. | 2662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Bandit Coffee Co. | 2662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

MIA + also MIA

MIA + also MIA

Weekend in West Loop

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