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 Brunch Bar

(904) 342-0890
210 St. George Street

Ancient City Brunch Bar offers pastries, sandwiches, and brunch in a box — plus a myriad of coffee, tea, and drink choices.

Ancient City Pour Tour

(904) 586-0039
5 W. Castillo Drive

Ancient City Pour Tour takes guests on a comfortable bus as they visit four of St. Augustine's brewpubs.

Ancient City Tours

(904) 827-0807
12 St. George Street

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

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

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

This shop makes and sells handmade soaps and more.

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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

Bar Harbor Cheesecake Company

(904) 547-2961
6 Cordova Street

This southern location of a seasonal Bar Harbor, Maine favorite offers cheesecake, truffles, and wine as well as delicious savory treats.