Something Old, Something New: Why a Visit to Seminole Heights is for You!

Something Old, Something New: Why a Visit to Seminole Heights is for You!

You should definitely plan a visit to Seminole Heights. Whether you’re into cool historical architecture, a thriving arts scene, farm to table eating, charming events (NYE Pajama Party?!), one of a kind holistic shopping, or simply a stroll in a beautiful park, Seminole Heights is the place to be. 

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Tampa’s first suburb, Seminole Heights was purchased in 1911 with the intention of developing it alongside the city. The first connection was a streetcar, and many original homes (bungalow style) still stand! Its innate charm has never faded and only grown over the course of the decades (and century). Along with its history, it offers so much more! Take a peak at our master list of what’s wonderful in Tampa’s sweetest neighborhood.

Your Visit to Seminole Heights

  1. Places to Shop

Vintage Post Marketplace

Vintage Post Marketplace

5206 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33603

It’s not often you find a vintage or antique store that you’d describe as well-designed- but this is a huge exception! Displays in the two showrooms inspire a variety of tastes (and budgets!) in a thoughtfully curated fashion that bring out the inner interior designer in everyone who comes through the doors. Even if you’re not actively looking for a treasure, the store is worth a stop for the elevated experience. 

Blue Sage Boutique

Blue Sage Boutique

6202 N Central Ave
Tampa, FL, 33604

This boutique is a must-see for the soft and spiritual soul! With candles like the “Sacral” and Solar Plexus” created with the body’s chakras in mind, this shop is very intentional. If wellness and eco-friendly are two of your buzzwords, you will want to visit the shop. And if you find yourself really in love? There’s candle subscriptions and intention kits you can purchase from home to bring Blue Sage to you! This boutique is simply lovely through and through- a breath of fresh, rejuvenating air. Oh- and did we mention that its founder is a dedicated Tampa native? Small and local- doesn’t get much better (or more representative) than that!

Cleanse Apothecary

6500 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

Their motto says it best: “Your one-stop-shop for everything fragrant and beautiful”- it’s so true! Go treat yourself to something luxurious. There’s unique skin and body care, perfumes and colognes, home fragrances, and a fully-stocked men’s section so everyone leaves with something amazing! The experience is best enjoyed slowly, take your time to explore the shop– which has been a Seminole Heights neighborhood staple for over a decade (the owners both live in Seminole Heights so it really is a great local shopping experience). If you’re passing through and hopping on a plane, make sure to load up on travel size goodies.

  1. Places to Eat

Whatever Pops

Whatever Pops & Bowls

5127 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33603

Maybe a bit of a misleading name- these popsicles (and gelato, and acai bowls, and locally roasted coffee, and smoothies, AND waffles on a stick. . . ) are definitely as whimsical as they sound but they are anything but “whatever”! We are obsessed with the earl grey lavender lemonade pop, pineapple cilantro pop, and salty chocolate Elvis pop. With options like this, the biggest question you’ll have is- can you stop at just one? Trust us, the answer is no. Being right in the heart of Seminole Heights, you’re free to pop and shop or just have a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood while you enjoy. There’s a lot of local pride here, and you’ll fit right in. On your next visit to Seminole Heights be sure to stop by Whatever Pops.

Bula Kavananda

5803 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

Foodies rejoice in a newly introduced ingredient to the entire Tampa area, nestled right cozily in Tampa’s most charming suburb: kava! It’s an herbal experience worth having, kava is known for being immensely relaxing- which is probably why Bula Kavananda fits in so well with Seminole Heights. First visit in? You’ll get a free sample of the kava even if you decide to order one of the amazing botanical teas or coffee options. This one wins for totally unique, and making you feel right at home, right away.

Social House

6310 N Florida Ave

This is the neighborhood’s sports bar- so if you’re in Tampa while your favorite team is playing (or you’re a local and want to get in the spirit), it’s a fantastic place to enjoy the local flair. Fried gator tacos, a glass of rum, and a low key, friendly spot to catch the game, that’s what Social House is all about. If you’re around with the family, we also recommend a stop for brunch- the Breakfast Quesadillas and Guac Sammy are a major win for your whole crew!

Front Porch

5924 N Florida Ave

Charming doesn’t even cover it! You’ll want to spend all the balmy late afternoons here where the history really comes through. Classic dishes like the Mahi dinner and Chicken Chèvre keep it authentic to the old-timey nature of this beautiful spot. You’ll be suspended in the timeless, easy beauty that first led people into the Seminole Heights suburb as you sip and munch your way through the restaurant. Plan on taking your time, and if you’re going to be going for dinner during the week, reservations are definitely recommended! There is also a Sunday brunch buffet available starting at 10AM, so if mimosa’s are a basic food group as far as you’re concerned, consider enjoying your libations at Front Porch.

  1. Drink

The Wine Bar Cafe

6428 N Florida Ave

Relaxing is a major theme you’ll find throughout Seminole Heights, and the Wine Bar Cafe is no exception! They infuse a little life into their relaxation by hosting amazing live (and local!) musicians. They open at 5 and offer a seasonal menu of small plates (including desserts if you’re feeling sweet) to accompany your wine selection(s). The service is outstanding and very friendly, so you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy, simply describe what you like or don’t like and you will be guided to the best wine for you!

Spaddy’s Coffee

5206 N Florida Ave

Catch the beauty of the day outdoors with this adorable, locally owned coffee truck! Initially a mobile coffee bar, the Spaddy’s truck is now in a permanent location called “Spaddy’s Courtyard” where you can order at the truck and eat/drink at any of the courtyard tables, or continue on your merry way through the neighborhood. If specialty coffee is for you, then do it the Seminole Heights way- because when in Rome right? You will not be disappointed! And if you’re hungry, the Cuban bread is a must. 

  1. Events

Sunday Morning Market

5000 N Central Ave

This is perhaps the most Seminole Heights it gets- “Fresh, Local, and Lively” is exactly it. There are over 60 vendors where you can peruse fresh and organic produce, live plants and herbs, fresh baked goods, prepared foods like local honey, artisan crafts and goods, and lunch time bites! You will want to stop by if you are in the area during the second Sunday of the month, as that is when the market runs year round.

The Taste of the Heights- in Nov., 2020 date TBA!

5109 N Nebraska Ave.

Another fantastic event showcasing the local pride in a super delicious way, The Taste of the Heights is a once yearly event in November (with the 2020 date still pending). Check their Facebook page to stay posted and preview based on last year’s event what it’s like. There’s live music, amazing food, and good times for all. It’s busy but not overwhelmingly packed, so you will be able to savor all the flavors when you’re there if you happen to be in Seminole Heights in November!

NYE Pajama Party- Brew Bus Brewing

4101 N Florida Ave

This event is super popular and at one of the neighborhood’s favorite watering holes! If good brews and pj’s sounds like your way to ring in the New Year, make this your spot. Although to be honest, all of their events rock! Next up- on January 18- is the Murder Mystery night (starting at 7PM). So if you’re feeling like a trip to Brew Bus while you’re visiting Seminole Heights, definitely check their events schedule. There’s usually something fun going on!

Heights Unites Music + Arts Festival- Feb. 22, 2020

4101 N Florida Ave

This event also takes place at Brew Bus Brewing. As described on their site, “This annual event is a partnership between the South Seminole Heights Civic Association & Brew Bus Brewing to raise money for neighborhood improvement projects in Seminole Heights and to fully endow a $25k scholarship for a local Hillsborough High School graduate to attend USF.” Make sure to make your contributions local ones! Oh, and the art and music are amazing too. This is a great celebration of the Seminole Heights spirit should you find yourself around the neighborhood on Feb. 22! Get your tickets here!

  1. Etc.

Gott Glass Gallery- Phoenix Studio

Susan Gott Glass Blowing

811 E Knollwood St.

Part of the charm of Seminole Heights is the dedication to craftsmanship, local flair, and inclusive mentality. Hence, Gott Glass Gallery glassblowing workshops! They take place on the first Friday and Saturday of each month, no experience necessary, and you can come by for either a half hour or full hour lesson. Leave with the piece you make, a new skill, and amazing memories in one of Tampa’s best studios with one of Tampa’s most treasured artists!

Giddens Park

5202 N 12th St.

This is always a hit in the summer where the little ones can play in the water “fountains”! Giddens Park is a sweet spot with a cute playground, plenty of grass and trees, and a great little gazebo to bring your coffee or picnic to enjoy. When you need a moment to yourself or a fun and mellow zone for your family (maybe after brunch at Social House!), chill at Giddens Park on your visit to Seminole Heights!

Shannon Daley is a freelance writer by trade and by passion. She has spent the past decade building experience via a obtaining Cultural Anthropology degree, traveling the United States and the world, establishing a diverse resume that includes everything from hosting at health food cafes to working on public policy at the federal level. Her philosophy is simple: live heartily, and have experiences worth writing about! She has begun her next chapter as a parent, with one young daughter and welcoming a son in 2020, and continues to travel, write, live, and breathe with enthusiasm and true joie de vivre.

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