Mondays are usually the most dreaded day of the work week. It’s the first day back to our regularly scheduled grind (and mass amounts of caffeine) after care-free weekend shenanigans. But for Tampa residents and neighbors, Mondays make a comeback with a night market! And not just any night market, but the Vagabond Gita.

Hope you like my shortlist of Seminole Heights stops for you to explore before/after you #hitthemarket. (Disclaimer: this list could be a mile-long with food alone! If you have additional favorites make sure to share them in the comments below!)

1. Spaddy’s Coffee Co.

This outdoor java and tea stop brews the best and keeps it local serving up coffee from Tampa-based Zeal Coffee Roasters. Everything is delicious, but I recommend an iced peppermint latte for a summer morning treat!

2. Lowry Park Zoo

From chimps to cheetahs and everything in between, Lowry Park Zoo is top-notch for a day of education and family-themed fun. Who doesn’t love watching animal antics? Learn about prehistoric beasts too at their Dinos Alive! seasonal event happening now through Labor Day, with life-sized dinosaurs throughout the park!

3. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe

I know, I know. This place isn’t open on Monday. But it had to make the list regardless. Visit any day for an amazing restaurant experience with creative vibes. Soul Food Sundays are their big show. Incredible eats and live music…and a wait that you shouldn’t underestimate. Make a reservation or go EARLY!

4. Vagabond Gita

Located at c.1949 this market is one-of-a-kind.  For starters, the venue is impressive all on its own. String lit, brick courtyard – check. Air-conditioned, craft-beer loaded bar – check check. Now add in a moonlight market complete with DJ, handmade goods and food truck grub and poof – you’ve entered a piece of paradise. Vagabond Gita also has drink specials outdoors at their Patio Market Bar offering up opportunities for sipping and shopping. The first Monday of the month is Mimosa Monday; try a flight of 3 for $10. The last Monday of the month Vagabond Gita grows to 3x it’s normal size, turning in to Monday Night Moonlight Market with 40+ indie vendors and “madness under the moon”. They are launching the new Widdershins Dark Market later this week, stay tuned!

Setting them apart from other local Bay Area markets, Vagabond Gita hosts traveling mystics, henna artists, yogis, tarot readings and fortune tellers as part of their “(ir)regular Cast of Characters”. This ain’t your mama’s arts and crafts market.

5. Mermaid Tavern

The people have voted and this joint has been named Creative Loafing’s Reader’s Pick for Best Neighborhood Bar & Bar Food for four straight years. What’s on the menu at this dimly lit watering hole? Duck mac and truffle fries. And that’s just two items for starters. In addition to stellar grub, there’s of course dozens of draughts for drinking. You won’t be disappointed!

 

‘Til next time,

K

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