Historic Downtown

The heart of the First City is found here in Historic Downtown.

The heart of the city of St. Augustine is here in the Historic Downtown where guests will find a majority of the city's restaurants, shopping, hotels, and attractions. The Historic Downtown is the oldest part of the city with many buildings dating back to the 1700s — and with streets that have existed from long before that —combine to create a walkable city obviously designed with old European concepts. Part of Historic Downtown, Lincolnville also offers history, museums, places to stay, and eateries.

This Historic Downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places, as are over twenty other sites within the district from the Alcazar Hotel to the Ximenez-Fatio House. The Historic Downtown creates a walkable city and a beautiful area for finding things to do like shopping, visiting museums and churches, dining, and listening to live music.

The Historic Downtown is also home to the beautiful bayfront with lovely panoramic views of the Matanzas Bay and an inviting bayfront walk along the Matanzas River from the Castillo de San Marcos to the former 16th Century Jesuit monastery that is now Headquarters for the Florida National Guard. A number of eateries have views of the Matanzas, including A1A Ale House and Harry’s Seafood. Those who wish to stay in the Historic District, near the water, may want to check out the Bayfront Inn and the Edgewater Inn.

The top-rated attractions in the area reflect the importance of history in shaping St. Augustine, including the Flagler Legacy Tours, Lightner Museum, and the Colonial Quarter. Another defining feature of the Historic District is the architecture. The design on building facades represents the height of Spanish Colonial and Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture. This area of town showcases everything from early European design, Florida bungalow-style houses, and Gilded Age extravagance.

The Historic Downtown of the nation’s oldest city represents much of U.S. History from 1565 and is sure to offer activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Ancient City Tours

(904) 827-0807
11C St. George Street
Ancient City Tours school group at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.

Ancient City Tours offers entertaining education tours to vacationers, school groups, ghost hunters, and more.

Ancient City Walking Tours

(904) 679-2327
24 W Castillo Drive

Ancient City Walking Tours is now offering visitors a new way to experience the history behind the nation’s oldest city.

Ancient Olive

(904) 827-1899
47 King Street
St. Augustine's The Ancient Olive sells a variety of craft olive oils and vinegars, as well as other pantry items.

This shop specializes in imported olive oils and vinegars, as well as gourmet pantry items, cocktail mixers, and hand-crafted pastas.

Ann O'Malley's Irish Pub

(904) 825-4040
23 Orange Street

This authentic Irish Pub celebrates corned beef, a proper pint of Guinness, and sports from all over the world.

Antoinette's Bath House

(904) 806-0186
111 King Street Street
Antoinette's Bath House is located on King Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

A whimsical assortment of luxury soaps, scrubs, and bath bombs that make a creative and useful gift.

Inside of Antoinette's Bathhouse in St. Augustine

A local soap boutique with an array of colors, scents, and shapes.

Around the World Marketplace

(904) 824-6223
21 Orange Street

This shop collects amazing works of art, gifts, souvenirs, house decor, and much more from around the world.

ArtBox

(904) 704-1121
137 King Street #103
The entrance to ArtBox at 137 King Street in St. Augustine.

This urban art gallery offers a mixed experience and presents local, national, and international artists.

Athena Greek Restaurant

(904) 823-9076
14 Cathedral Place

Athena's offers authentic Greek entrees in the heart of the historic district and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Auggie's Draft Room

(904) 907-1317
3 St. George Street
taps at Auggie's Draftroom in St. Augustine, Fl

With 24 self-serving beer taps and live music, Auggie’s Draft Room is sure to become a hot spot for beer lovers in St. Augustine.

Auggie's Mini Donuts

(941) 321-8018
2 St. George Street

A small shop serving small batches of custom mini-donuts on St. George Street.

Aunt Matilda's Steampunk Trunk

(904) 600-4409
106 St. George Street Suite B

Those who love steampunk, Victorian-era costuming, or interesting accessories and gifts, will enjoy wandering the aisles at Aunt Matilda's Steampunk Trunk.

Aviles Gallery

(904) 823-8608
11 Aviles Street
Aviles Gallery on Aviles Street in St. Augustine.

Aviles gallery features works of local artists, who are often in the store to talk with customers.

Avilés Restaurant and Lounge

(904) 829-2277
32 Avenida Menendez
The dining area of the Hilton's Aviles Restaurant in St. Augustine, FL.

This fine-dining restaurant on the bayfront features a delicious and diverse menu paired with a comfortable and elegant atmosphere.

Aviles Street

2 Aviles Street

Aviles Street is the nation's oldest street and the heart of St. Augustine's Artist Distirct.

Ayla's Acres Thrift Shop

(904) 484-8792
142-C King Street
Ayla's Acres Thrift Shop carries an incredible array of furniture, clothing, and yes, even pets.

Ayla's Acres Thrift Store has a number of antiques, a big selection of furniture and decor, and a variety of clothing.

Backyard Island Cafe at Meehan's

(904) 810-1923
20 Avenida Menendez

A tropical getaway in the backyard at Meehan's, serving pub food and drinks from a full-service liquor bar.

Bantam Chef

(904) 770-2990
34 Granada Street
The Bantam Chef restaurant in a restored Victorian building in St. Augustine.

The Bantam Chef, famous in Flagler County for their fish sandwich, has opened a second location in St. Augustine.

Bar with No Name

(904) 826-1837
16 S. Castillo Drive

Come by for a good time, good drinks, and good music at this downtown bar.

Barefoot Bill's Island Grill

(904) 824-2784
162 St. George Street
Barefoot Bill's is located in the back of the Heritage Walk Shopping Plaza off St. George Street in St. Augustine.

This downtown restaurant and bar offers a beachy vibe and food to keep you going while shopping or touring the oldest city.