Tampa’s Staff Favorites

For residents and visitors alike, there is no shortage of dining options or things to do in Tampa, which made narrowing down our favorites a difficult task. Nontheless, we chose some unique experiences we feel are true local favorites. We hope our they excite you as much as they do our staff!

Favorite Dinner Restaurant

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
The consistent service, 5-star food choices, and fun atmosphere is what keeps locals coming back time and time again to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.

Favorite Business Lunch

Oxford Exchange
When you’re looking to impress, Oxford Exchange is a business lunch go-to. The architecture and decor is cool and collected, but the food and service are what stand out.

Favorite Waterfront Dining

American Social
Locals enjoy American Social for the appealing layout, good vibes, and water views. Good service and delicious food make it a top destination for waterfront dining.

Favorite Coffee Shop

Buddy Brew in Hyde Park Village
Whether you’re looking to meet with an old friend, pop in and out, or spend a little time catching up on work, this seems to be a perfect spot. Buddy Brew is locally made, too. You can find a shady spot on the patio, and bring Fido too.

Favorite Happy Hour

Ocean Prime
The happy hour menu at Ocean Prime contains exceptional food and drink specials that will not disappoint. Complete with top notch service.

Favorite Animal Hospital

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital
Blue Pearl employs a staff full of compassion and understanding, along with great communication skills. It is clear that Blue Pearl truly are animal lovers.

Favorite Dog Park

Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park
This park celebrates the legacy of Hillsborough County Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr. who was killed by a careless driver; located under the Selmon Expressway. There are separate areas for large and small dogs to play, canine turf, obstacles, bike parking, bright lights and picnic tables.

Favorite Beach

Clearwater Beach
Clearwater beach has something for everyone. The beach is immaculate and pedestrian friendly. Pier 60 gives off a carnival like vibe of street performers, musicians, and local artists. Not to mention, the boardwalk is lined with restaurants, shops and vendors. It is a locals favorite place to catch the beautiful Gulf sunsets.

Favorite Park & Recreation

Cypress Point Park
The ocean view might be why this park is a locals favorite, but it also boasts a beautiful landscape of trees, a disc golf course, restrooms, a playground, and picnic tables.

Favorite Children’s Attraction

Glazer Children’s Museum
Located in downtown Tampa, this children’s museum is packed with interactive exhibits that teach children about the community, and are interesting for kids of all developmental stages.

Favorite Playground

Anderson Playground
This park is loved for the shade, which helps keep the equipment from getting hot, and the added bonus of a splash pad.

Favorite Golf Course

The Claw at USF
This is the home course for the University of South Florida’s nationally-ranked USF Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams. The Claw is also a certified Audubon animal sanctuary, where it is not uncommon to see gators, deer, and many varieties of birds.

Favorite Live Music Spot

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is the largest concert-only facility in the Tampa Bay Area, so there is always a great national band to check out.

Favorite Spa

Soho Wellness and Med Spa
A best-in-class med spa located conveniently in South Tampa, with a professional and friendly staff. Expect a welcoming and sweet feel when first walking into the quaint little house; you will not want to leave after your experience here.

Favorite Fitness Studio or Class

Book your bike early. The celebrity-loved indoor cycle studio books up quickly due to its cult-like following. This 45-minute ride set to music works your full body while you have a little fun at the same time.

Favorite Women’s Boutique

Don Me Now
Fashionable clothing and jewelry at affordable prices, and a champagne bar? Yes, please. The husband and wife team, and their little dog, are welcoming and provide a fun shopping experience in the Channel District.

Favorite Men’s Clothing Store

Kirby’s Men’s Wear
Quoted as being an elegant store, well stocked with fine merchandise. Some of Tampa’s best dressed men enjoy the friendly atmosphere and spectacular customer service.

Favorite Hotel

Epicurean Hotel
The Epicurean is near Amalie Arena, the University of Tampa and Bayshore Boulevard, as well as over 50 locally-owned restaurants and bars. Channel your inner culinarian with our on-site cooking classes, or dine at one of several eateries on location.