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.

J.R. Benet Store

(904) 824-6522
62 St. George Street

Fair-trade and high-quality jewelry from around the world are featured at JR Benet.

Jackie Hird Photography

(904) 553-8614

Jackie Hird, an experienced photographer, focuses on providing heirloom portraits for families and organizations.

A St. Augustine art gallery showcasing international artists and jewelry designs.

Jean Pierre Klifa Paris

52 St. George Street

A women's boutique featuring French designer, Jean Pierre Klifa's signature handbag and clothing line.

Jensen Pottery

(904) 806-0031
11 F Aviles Street

Pottery, raku, and mixed media pieces, as well as paper sculpture are made and sold in this eclectic studio.

Joel Bagnal Goldsmith

(904) 614-4706
11C Aviles Street

This metalsmith gallery offers unique heirloom jewelry.

Johnny's Oyster Bar

(904) 810-1923
20 Avenida Menendez

Located upstairs from Meehan's, Johnny's specializes in oysters, has a full bar, and a great view of the bay.

Kenwood Inn

(904) 824-2116
38 Marine Street

Beautiful and charming historic inn offering guests a large pool, excellent location to the downtown area, and much more.

Kenwood Inn Weddings

(904) 824-2116
38 Marine Street

Guests can have the perfect wedding ceremony or reception at this romantic and elegant venue in historic downtown St. Augustine.

Kernel Popper's Gourmet Popcorn

(904) 342-7668
116 St. George Street

Enjoy a selection of over 250 flavors of popcorn at Kernel Poppers on St. George Street.

Key Lime Shop

(904) 824-4944
34 1/2 Treasury Street

In the heart of downtown, guests can get authentic key lime goodies, plus a variety of speciality oils, vinegars, and coffees.

Kilwin's Chocolate: North

(904) 823-9226
6 St. George St

Sweet treats in St. Augustine.

Kilwin's Chocolate: South

(904) 826-0008
140 St. George St

Ice cream, fudge, and chocolates will satisfy a sweet tooth at Kilwin's.

Kind Walking

(904) 829-3535
2 St. George Street

Kind Walking has the most comfortable brands designed to make walking safe, stylish, and environmentally friendly.

Kookaburra serves refreshing coffee and Australian pastries at this popular coffee shop in historic downtown.

Le Macaron - St. George Street

(904) 217-4882
130 St. George Street

This French pastry shop serves macarons, cakes, and other sweet treats.

Le Macaron Events

(904) 217-4882
8 Cathedral Pl

This French pastry shop provides catered events for bridal showers and birthday parties, as well as gifts for corporate events, party favors for weddings, and boxed treats for loved ones.

Le Macaron French Pastries

(904) 217-4882
8 Cathedral Place

This French pastry shop serves macarons, cakes, and other sweet treats.

Lei's Linens

(904) 819-0337
14-B Saint George Street

Lei's Linens offers fine embroidered and cutwork linens including tablecloths, doilies, placemats, and table runners.