Top 10 Places in Downtown Tampa, FL to Spend Your Tax Refund

Top 10 Places in Downtown Tampa, FL to Spend Your Tax Refund

So, you’ve filed your taxes and just received your tax refund. Congrats! Give yourself a pat on the back; the worst part of tax season is finally over. Now you can decide whether you want to spend your refund on something more practical or treat yourself to something fun! If you decide on the latter, there are tons of great places in downtown Tampa you won’t regret spending your tax refund at! Here are my top 10 favorite places:

Curtis Hixon Park

Curtis Hixon Park hosts a variety of events, including concerts, festivals, arts and craft shows, and more, so browse through the vendors and booths on special event days and use your tax refund to buy yourself something you might not normally get!


Shops, museums, restaurants, and even an aquarium—you’ll find no shortage of activities, food, and shopping to experience and spend your tax refund on while you travel down the Riverwalk.

Amalie Arena

Are you a huge sports fan? Do you love watching your favorite band or music artist live? Spend your tax refund on a ticket to a sports game or concert and cheer on your favorite team or band with fellow fans!

Tampa Bay Theater

Tampa Theater, recognized among one of the 10 best movie theaters in the world by the Motion Picture Association of America, hosts over 600+ events a year, including contemporary films, classic movies, concerts, and more. Take a break, spend a portion of your tax refund on a ticket and catch your favorite film.

Straz Center

Spend your tax refund on a ticket for the next show at the Straz Center for Performing Arts! Experience Broadway, opera, concerts and more. You’ll definitely love it!


After filing your tax returns, there’s nothing better than spending your tax refund on some great food and relaxing outdoors while listening to live music and watching the riverfront.

Ybor City

Vintage shops, boutiques, bars, clubs, and a variety of different cuisines—you’ll find a plethora of things to do and lots of different ways you can spend and enjoy your tax refund in what was once the cigar capital of the world.

Eddie & Sam’s N.Y. Pizza

What makes authentic N.Y. pizza authentic? According to Eddie & Sam’s N.Y. Pizza, “it’s the water!” Dip into your tax refund a grab a wide, mouthwatering slice of that thick-crusted classic New York pizza made with real New York water. Even better, treat yourself to a whole pizza!

The Gin Joint

What better way is there to celebrate the completion of tax filing than to spend your tax refund on some booze? Treat yourself to a variety of gin-based cocktails, small plates, delicious desserts and live jazz at the CW’s Gin Joint.

Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi

Use some of your refund check and indulge yourself with exemplary service and excellent food! Jackson’s Bistro & Sushi doesn’t just offer amazing food and service though. You’ll also get an unparalleled view of Tampa’s sparkling waterfront and dynamic skyline.