1/19/11

Window Shopping in Palma Ceia

Working with some of my favorite shop owners in the lovely Palma Ceia area of South Tampa, I've put together a list of the best – from interiors and antiques, to new home furnishings, accessories and fashions – in the new Insider's Guide To Shopping & Dining. Click to open the brochure and you'll find maps, short descriptives for each shop and restaurant, with locations and contact information – plus a direct link to their websites. Once you sign up on the Issuu site, you can also download a pdf and print it for a take-along. However, every shop listed will have copies of the printed brochures on hand, so you can pick one up on your first visit and keep it for reference.

The Palma Ceia area is one of Tampa's oldest, and is home to some of the best shops and restaurants in town – most of which are independently owned.



A visit to the area is a much more interesting and creative option to shopping at the mall, and there is a nice mix of lunch or dinner spots, all within a short drive or walk.


The Red Herring's new location on MacDill Ave..


A peek into the Royal Tea Room.

Blue Moon Trading Co.

An exterior fountain at Spa Jardin and Melt Out.

Another glimpse into the Royal Tea Room.


The Potting Shed.


Mayfair Antiques is a must visit when you're in the area. I'll be featuring a shop tour soon, so that you can see for yourself the exquisite furnishings and accessories.
A little modern flair, a la these gorgeous townhomes.

Casa Nova.






Jennie Smith Interiors.


Beautiful estate homes line scenic Bayshore Boulevard nearby, where hundreds of joggers, cyclists and skaters convene daily to take advantage of the bay views from the "longest contiguous sidewalk in the world."
Horse sculptures frolic across the median. In the background, bleachers are being set up for the upcoming Gasparilla parade.
Right along Bayshore is the best rose garden in Tampa, in my opinion.

Roses are notoriously hard to grow here because of the heat, but this garden always looks wonderful.
Wouldn't you say that this looks more like Atlanta, with the grand colonial house in the background?

The roses are spectacular but the rest of the grounds are beautiful too, and deserving of a magazine spread.

7 comments:

50.4.50 said...

Great post. Love the guide -- can't wait to use it this weekend!

J.Covington said...

Ahhhh so much warm sunlight! Want some snow? Loved the tour and am looking forward to your shop article and a peak in Mayfair Antiques.

Renee Finberg said...

oh my!
i haven't been there since i was a kid.
it looks fabulous.

is the wisteria shop
'THE WISTERIA' ???
as in the the wisteria catalog??

xx

teaorwine said...

My daughter lives in Palma Ceia and I love to visit her. We have been in a number of these little shops but not all. I will save this posting for my next visit to Tampa. Additionally, I LOVE to walk on Bayshore Boulevard as it is just so lovely. Great place to spot the rays foraging in the shallow water there.

Best, teaorwine

Emily said...

Tampa is gorgeous..I used to go there growing up & miss all of the beautiful sites!

trinsley said...

Great resource of amazing colors!

Joseph Pineda - Kitchens Melbourne said...

I wish I can go there and see the landscape and spend the whole weekend.