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.

Schmagel's Bagels

(904) 824-4444
69 Hypolita St.

Schmagel's Bagels has baked and served bagels to visitors and locals in St. Augustine for over 20 years.

Schooner Freedom

(904) 810-1010
111 Avenida Menendez

The Schooner Freedom gives visitors the opportunity to sail aboard a Class B tall ship.

Sea Spirits Gallery & Gifts

(904) 679-3811
210 St. George Street

A gallery inspired by the sea, featuring original paintings, sculptures, handcrafted jewelry and much more.

Second Read Books

(904) 829-0334
51 Cordova Street

Second Read buys, sells, and trades used books and audio.

Secrets Of St. Augustine Ghost Tours

(904) 827-0807
12 St. George Street

Guests tour the historic and haunted streets of the Oldest City while hearing ghost stories and tall tales.

Sheriff's Ghost Walk

(904) 540-0031
32 St. George Street

Explore St. Augustine’s supernatural side with the ghosts of Sheriff Guy White and his deputies.

Shopaholic Boutique

(904) 829-6666
76 St. George Street

Shop for resort wear for your vacation at this St. George Street clothing boutique.

Shutterguide Tours

(904) 392-3928
24 Cathedral Place

A guided tour through the city for visiting photographers, whether professional or amateur.

Silver Creek

(904) 808-7138
6 St. George Street

Shop for Native American jewelry and gifts at this shop near the City Gates.

Silver Feather Jewelry

(904) 436-5560
5 St. George Street

Shop for Native American jewelry and gifts at this shop on St. George Street.

So Good Jewelry

(904) 826-0180
162 St.George Street

So Good Jewelry is a fashion jewelry and accesories shop in the Heritage Walk indoor shopping strip off of St. George Street.

So Mermazing - St. George Street

(904) 217-3420
123 St. George Street

This shop on St. George Street is all about mermaids, with mermaid-themed merchandise.

Flagler College was once one of the world's most exclusive hotels. Hotel Ponce de Leon was completed in 1888, and built by millionaire developer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler.

This establishment serves authentic Philly Cheesesteaks on rolls shipped from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Southern Wind Inn

(800) 781-3338
18 Cordova St.

This quaint inn on Cordova Street is right in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district.

The St. George Street Store has CLOSED

(904) 824-8053
60 St. George Street

The St. George Street location for Spanish Dutch Convoy has closed. They do have a store on San Marco.

Spanish Military Hospital Museum

(904) 342-7730
3 Aviles Street

The Spanish Military Hospital Museum gives visitors a chance to learn about medical practices and procedures in the Colonial Spanish Period of St. Augustine.

Sphere

(904) 829-0590
Salon Loft, 440 Cbl Dr #25

Sphere is a salon and spa located in downtown St. Augustine. The spa offers a variety of unique health services, including aromatherapy, oxygen bar, and massages.

Sprout Kitchen Cafe

(904) 217-4954
86 Charlotte Street

Sprout Kitchen offers plant based meals, organic juices, smoothies and snacks.

Spyglass Travel

(386) 227-1064
10 S Castillo Drive

This local field trip company offers exciting tours with a variety of educational themes.