Lightner Museum looking south

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.

20 Bridge of Lions

The Bridge of Lions was built in the mid-1920s as a way for automobiles to travel from St. Augustine on the mainland to Anastasia Island, where significant developme...

(904) 907-1150

162 St. George Street

Briney Deep features marine-life-themed t-shirts and hoodies.

(904) 823-1229

114 St. George St

Burrito Works Tacos serves the same delicious Mexican specialties as at their original location on St. Augustine Beach.

(904) 825-9948

25 Granada Street

Guests who dine at the Cafe Alcazar can enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, and a historic and charming atmosphere.

(904) 217-4546

57 Treasury Street

This wine bar and shop offers a variety of wines for sampling and purchase in the heart of historic St. Augustine.

(904) 823-0787

22 Hypolita Street

Casa Maya offers Latin American cuisine in a charming setting in St. Augustine's historic district.

(904) 827-1888

95 Cordova St.

This historic hotel with an opulent lobby, fountains, frescos, and chandeliers harkens to its turn-of-the-century origins.

(904) 829-6506

1 South Castillo Drive

The oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. and a National Monument, the Castillo is the focal point of historical St. Augustine.

(904) 217-3542

40 Charlotte Street

Fresh, local seafood in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine.

(904) 315-4505

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Chillula brings down the house at weddings, private parties, or special events.

(904) 436-5813

47 Cordova St.

A dessert and wine bar with coffee, craft beer, cafe seating, and a front patio.

(904) 436-5813

47 Cordova Street

It's a downtown scratch bakery and cafe that serves delicious desserts and beverages.