I’m getting over a nasty cold and sinus infection and finally felt up for doing something fun this weekend. Not to mention it was the first day in a couple of weeks that it was over 70 degrees and sunny. So today, we decided to check out the Indie Flea and some other places in the Tampa Heights Area. Tampa Heights is super up and coming, situated right outside of Downtown, a bunch of hip bars and restaurants have decided to make this neighborhood their home.
Franklin Street is the center of it all, lined with unique wall murals, graffiti and inspirational signage. Here you can find The Hall on Franklin, a funky multipurpose space with New York City meets mess hall vibes. The Hall is a concept that is quite different than anything Tampa has had before. They are set up as a food court with multiple different food choices but you have the option to have a sit-down meal or visit one of the kiosks yourself and get a meal to go.
The Hall is great for a morning cup of coffee, a meal any time of day, weekend brunch, or a night on the town. Their food options include a poké bowl place, sandwich shop, seafood bar, Asian fusion bites, and a bakery (view their full menu here); not to mention a fully stocked bar. This particular visit I got the Poke Rose bowl which was delish and for the small size, very filling. The last time I came for dinner I got the soft shell crab banh mi which came with a side of Asian style popcorn and my go to drink a gin and soda.
Overall I like The Hall and think it’s a super cool place, great for when you’re in the mood to switch up the every day South Tampa scenery. However, it’s important that you make a reservation if you want to have a sit-down meal, especially on the weekends for Brunch or Dinner, because they are always packed. Or you can grab at any of the bars or open lounge seating!
A couple blocks over closer to the Hillsborough River and across from Ulele is Amature Works, Heights Public Market. This is a new location and will be the spot where the Indie Flea is held the 3rd Sunday of every month! Heights Public Market is still under construction but you can tell this is going to be a sick weekend spot. The building, indoor and out, looked as if it were taken right out of Brooklyn and plopped in Tampa. The red brick, wood floors, and exposed ceilings just oozed hipster Brooklyn.
This market is going to be a hub filled with food and clothing vendors and tons of indoor and outdoor seating. Only the courtyard and “The Gathering” spaces were open today.
The open-air Courtyard was filled with a bunch of seating and surrounded with bars on the perimeter stocked with Bloody Mary and Coffee stations. The Gathering was where all the Indie Flea vendors were situated. The vendors included Kombucha presses, vintage clothes, handmade cards, jewelry, and many other tchotchkes. Outside the building was a little lineup of food trucks and a flower stand.
The Indie Flea was fun and had lots of cool vendors but it was insanely packed to the point where it was hard to stop and check out all the vendors without being pushed around by strangers. I think once the rest of the venue is open and they can space out the vendors, it will be a much more enjoyable experience that I will definitely be going back to.
From flea market shopping to Poke Bowls, this Sunday Funday was definitely a success. I am so happy to be finally feeling better and out and about exploring Tampa in the beautiful 75-degree weather that I so dearly missed (especially being home in the freezing cold for 3 weeks). Next weekend is Gasparilla, Tampa’s Annual Pirate Invasion Festival, which is really an excuse for the entire city to dress up as Pirates and drink too much; but hey, what’s the harm in that? Keep an eye out for my next recipe and workout posts coming this week! Don’t forget to subscribe for your daily Dose of Dana ;). Have a great week