What’s new in Hyde Park an upscale portion of Tampa

One of the best places to live in Tampa, Florida, is the Hyde Park neighborhood. Hyde Park living offers residents a mixture of an urban and suburban feel.  Since most residents own their homes, there’s an increased emphasis on upkeep and taking pride in the area.  The neighborhood bursts with activity from bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The local public schools in Hyde Park are also very highly rated.


The history of the Hyde Park neighborhood began in the 1880s when Henry B. Plant, a railroad financier,  built the first bridge to cross the Hillsborough River at what was known as Lafayette Street.  This was followed by the first house being built in 1882 by James Watrous on Morrison Ave.   As the area grew rapidly, a streetcar line was put in.  This advance in transportation only helped make living in Hyde Park that much more appealing!  


Since Hyde Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tampa, history can easily be experienced by just walking down a neighborhood street! However, if you really want to know more about Plant and life around the turn of the 20th century, the best place to go is the Henry B Plant Museum located at the University of Tampa.   


Present day Hyde Park is an upscale portion of Tampa that is known for its wide range of dining and nightlife scene along South Howard Avenue, also known as SoHo. The Hyde Park Village shopping center offers smaller local boutiques as well as larger international chain stores.  Equally unique is the fact that all of the common outdoor spaces in the neighborhood and a handful of stores and restaurant patios at Hyde Park Village are pro-dog. So bring your furry friend to enjoy all that Hyde Park has to offer!  


Hyde Park Village is a unique combination of retail shops and restaurants covering over 270,000 square feet. In addition to local favorites, you’ll find brands such as  Pottery Barn, Zadig & Voltaire, Anthropologie, Suitsupply, Kendra Scott, Buddy Brew Coffee, Meat Market, SoulCycle, Hyde House Public Studio, and Nike.


Fulfill your appetite for on-tap brews and comfort food at the gastro-pub and gourmet market, Datz.  Or visit Datz Dough, its offshoot, for grab-and-go desserts and sweets.  Enjoy a diverse wine list with more than 40 vintages at the Wine Exchange Bistro and Wine Bar.  Looking for ample draft and bottled beers?  Irish 31 pub and eatery is the perfect venue!  For breakfast and all-day brunch with a hip diner flair, check out Daily Eats.  Or try Boca Kitchen, a farm-to-table eatery housed in a 1920s era gas station. The 137 room Epicurean Hotel has all the sophistication of the hotel of your dreams, plus a few extras!  You’ll find Elevage Restaurant, Chocolate Pi, Edge Social Drinkery, Epicurean Theater, Bern’s Fine Wine and Spirits, and Spa Evangeline. 



Other area must-sees include Bayshore Boulevard either on foot or by car.  Traveling either way will afford you beautiful sights of the bay.  The sidewalk portion of this venture is the second-longest, uninterrupted stretch of sidewalk in the USA!  It attracts joggers, dog walkers, bikers, and sun worshippers alike. 


Hyde Park Village is host to many seasonal events throughout the year.  On the regular, there’s live music every Friday night at Irish 31.  And, every month, come and enjoy the Fresh Market.  It’s an outdoor farmers’ market featuring over 120 local vendors selling a variety of goods from plants, produce, handcrafted goods, and much more!  Listen to live music by Gasparilla Music in the Village Circle as you do your shopping. 


So, whether you are visiting for the day or living here permanently, Hyde Park is a fashionable, upscale part of Tampa’s past,  present, and future.