5 Reasons People Love Living in Midtown Tampa

5 Reasons People Love Living in Midtown Tampa

  • 360 Realty
  • 07/18/22

Midtown Tampa is a wonderful place to call home. There are plenty of reasons why people love living here, especially since it's "a town within a town." But Midtown offers residents a little bit of everything, from great shopping and dining options to plenty of parks and recreational opportunities. If you're looking for South Tampa homes for sale, you'll want to check out what Midtown has to offer!


Located less than two miles from South Tampa, Midtown Tampa is home to a wide variety of shopping options, from big-name stores to local boutiques. Whether you're looking for clothes, accessories, home goods, or anything else, you'll be able to find them in Midtown.

Sunshine Market

Sunshine Market is a monthly event that brings together 40+ local farmers, bakers, and artisans. The market includes live entertainment and leashed dogs are welcome. Part of Tampa Bay Markets, an initiative that aims at improving the well-being of residents through access to fresh produce, it also aims to support a profitable tourism outlet for farmers, artisans, food vendors, and crafters while offering a space for the community to appreciate the arts and local agriculture. When Sunshine Market isn't open, you can visit Whole Foods in Midtown for your grocery needs.

Buff City Soap

Buff City Soap
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Are you a fan of custom soaps and bath bombs? Perhaps you enjoy shopping at Lush or Basin. If so, you’re sure to enjoy paying a visit to Buff City Soap, which sells plant-based soaps, bath bombs, body butter, shower fizzies, and shower oils. Buff City also has laundry soap, beard oil, lip balms, facial cleansers, and more. The shop is new to Midtown Tampa as of April 28, 2022. For fans of sweet scents, the Cherry Almond or Black Raspberry Vanilla lines are highly recommended. For clean scents, try Breathe and Aqua Spa. If citrus is your jam, All Hail the Queen and 99 Pomlems are sure to please. There are many other scents sure to tempt you, so stop by today to find some goodies for your at-home spa!


Photo courtesy of REI Co-Op

If you enjoy the outdoors, the REI near South Tampa has all the accessories you need for your next outing. From shoes to tent gear and fuel for long runs, you’re sure to find the best supplies for your next hike, camping trip, climbing adventure, and more. Residents especially appreciate the full-service bike shop, which offers advice on the perfect bike for your needs and can also repair your current bike.

Royal Pets Market & Resort Plus Veterinary Center

Families with pets sincerely appreciate the proximity to Royal Pets Market & Resort, where they can bring their furry companion for routine wellness and vet visits, as well as a wide variety of treats, toys, food, and care accessories. For families who need a helping hand with watching their pet for the day or while they’re on vacation, Royal Pets is pleased to offer grooming, day camp, and boarding services to South Tampa residents.

William Dean Chocolates

William Dean Chocolates
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Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or offer a delightful treat to your beloved? William Dean Chocolates has plenty of choices to wow your date or level up your own candy snacking. Selling handcrafted artisan chocolates in assortments ranging from five to 30 pieces, you can also buy chocolate bars, popcorn, and other confections like chocolate-covered jelly beans, candied ginger, and feuilletine (a flaky pastry that starts with crispy shards of crêpes Dentelle, which is similar to a sugar cone).


It’s rare for a homeowner to want to cook at home every single night of the week, so South Tampa residents deeply appreciate the wide variety of dining options in nearby Midtown Tampa.


When you’re in the mood for Italian near South Tampa, look no further than BellaBrava. When you stop by for lunch, you can build your meal with appetizers like the trattoria meatballs or Bella bruschetta, a salad such as the Bella Wedge, and an entrée like the Pasta Brava, the crostata, or one of the many pizza options. Be sure to end your midday meal with a treat; the cannolis are a favorite. As for dinner, enjoy delicious options such as the goat cheese al forno, the trattoria Caesar salad, and the stuffed gnocchi alla vodka. Pair your dinner with one of their house cocktails; a blueberry prosecco martini is a refreshing option. Or, try a craft beer or enjoy something from the wine selection. Be sure to sample the trattoria tiramisu before you leave!

Colony Grill (coming soon)

Colony Grill
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The original Colony Grill was founded in Connecticut, where it opened in 1935 in Stamford. The Midtown location is coming soon, and South Tampa residents look forward to enjoying many slices of pizza here!

Hall at Midtown (coming soon)

South Tampa residents eagerly await the opening of The Hall at Midtown, which comes as great news to fans of the former The Hall on Franklin. When The Hall at Midtown opens, guests will be treated to cocktails and a wide variety of entrées from local mixologists and chefs. The new location will have a digital driving lane, plenty of outdoor space, over 300 seats inside alone, and a private dining room that can be reserved for special events.

Kale Me Crazy

Kale Me Crazy
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Do you enjoy superfoods? What about juices and smoothies? If any of these appeal to you, you’ll love visiting Kale Me Crazy! Stop by for cold-pressed juices, açai bowls, juice shots for specific wellness concerns, smoothies (try the Go Getter when you need a boost before a big meeting), coffee, and other specialty drinks like their beetroot latte. For food, they offer a variety of toasts, including avocado and salmon, as well as fresh wraps such as the ever-classic breakfast wrap—great for taking with you on the way to work!—and even poke bowls.

Midtown Boba

For locals who need their milk tea fix, be sure to try Midtown Boba, where you can enjoy flavors such as strawberries and coconut cream, Tiger Taro, and Oreo milk tea!

Sal Y Mar

For a night out with friends or to enjoy happy hour with colleagues, you can't go wrong with a visit to Sal Y Mar, a rooftop bar and event venue in Midtown near South Tampa real estate. Aside from the delicious beverages, the bar offers meals and treats like scallops, sandwiches, and even flan for dessert!

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen
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With a menu that rotates based on the seasons so the freshest ingredients can be showcased, True Food Kitchen is a great place to grab a bite to eat near South Tampa, especially if you have special dining requirements such as gluten-free or vegan preparation. Stop by for tea and refreshing beverages like the kale-aid, sparkling raspberry tea, or wild blackberry limeade. As a starter, the herb hummus or edamame guacamole is always a hit. For your main meal, choose from options like pizzas, salads, a variety of bowls (the Korean noodle bowl is delightful), and burgers. For plates, favorites include pan-seared sea bass or lasagna bolognese. Be sure to try the flourless chocolate cake or one of their other delicious treats to end your meal.

Active fun

Active fun
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If you’re looking to stay active near South Tampa, residents agree Midtown is the place to be! With community yoga practices, barre sculpting, cycling at Ryde It, and HIIT workouts with F45 Training, there are plenty of classes you can join! Your pet can also enjoy outdoor fun at the local dog park. If you prefer solo workouts, there are plenty of parks and trails in the area for you to explore.

Pamper yourself

Everybody deserves the opportunity to treat themself from time to time, and Midtown offers plenty of options for personal pampering.

For facials, make an appointment at BevelUp, where you can select treatments based on your areas of concern, such as contouring cheeks and softening laugh lines.

For health and well-being services, from diagnostic testing to nutrient therapy, be sure to check out the biostation.

If you have an aching back or neck, schedule an appointment with Midtown Tampa Chiropractic & Wellness Center to help you work out your areas of stiffness and pain.

For hair, makeup, and more, check out Salon Lofts. Their services include hair extensions, styling, color, permanent makeup, medical facials, barber services, and nail art. Another nail art studio, Tipsy Salonbar, is also located in Midtown, where you can enjoy a glass of wine as you receive your manicure or pedicure.


Midtown is constantly updating its calendar of events, so residents always have things to do. Locals enjoy the Friday Night Music Series, which starts in April and ends in May. The Trivia Night that occurs every other Tuesday is especially popular with residents since it offers a great evening out with friends and the chance to win prizes for high-placing teams.

If you're looking for a vibrant and growing community in South Tampa, be sure to check out the Midtown Tampa neighborhood. With plenty of events happening on a regular basis, active fun at all times, and pampering options galore, there's something for everyone who calls this neighborhood home. When you’re ready to look at residences in Midtown, reach out to a local real estate agent like those at 360 Realty.

*Header photo courtesy of Midtown Tampa

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