The building's architecture with its wrought iron fences and balconies plus the red brick streets made me feel as if I was in another country or at very least not in Tampa! It has a unique "old world feeling." With the surrounding trees thick with foliage there was no evidence of Tampa's modern steel and glass skyscrapers.
Per the Ybor website the area has been known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter for over a century, it is a mix of Cuban, Spanish and Italian. "Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. From the scent of roasting Cuban coffee early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night, Ybor is a feast for the senses."
The area was quiet while I was there with the exception of the roosters but it seems it certainly deserves a return trip during the evening hours for their nightlife, dining and music.