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.

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 development was just getting underway.

Briney Deep

(904) 907-1150
162 St. George Street
Outside of Briney Deep in St. Augustine, Fl

Briney Deep is a clothing shop featuring shirts with marine life themes. These are one of a kind designs created by a local artist. They are screen printed onto high-quality performance-wear shirts and hoodies.

Visitors to St. Augustine can try breakfast and lunch dishes and drinks at this brunch eatery on the bayfront.

Bull and Crown Publick House

(904) 342-2869
53 St. George Street
The Bull and Crown Publick House on St. George Street in St. Augustine.

Dine in this 18th-century style restaurant in historic downtown where the servers and the restaurant are part of living history.

Burger Buckets

(904) 342-5295
3 Cordova St.

Burger Buckets offers moderately-priced breakfast, lunch and dinner --- featuring a baker's dozen of specialty burgers. .

Burrito Works Taco Shop

(904) 823-1229
114 St. George St
Burrito Works Taco Shop is located on St. George Street in downtown St. Augustine, FL.

Burrito Works Taco Shop's location in downtown St. Augustine serves the same delicious Mexican specialties as at their original location on St. Augustine Beach.

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery

The Butterfield Garage Art Gallery displays a variety of artwork by well-known local artists in its spacious exhibit rooms.

Cafe Alcazar

(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.

Cafe del Hidalgo

(904) 823-1196
35 Hypolita St

A variety of lunch and dinner items — as well as beer, wine, bellinis, and homemade Italian Ice Cream — are available at this downtown café.

Caribongo of St. Augustine

(904) 907-1170
162 St. George Street
Exterior of Caribongo in St. Augustine, Fl

This local shop sells all sorts of souvenirs that change color in the sunlight.

Carmelo's Pizzeria

(904) 494-6658
146 King Street
Carmelo's Pizzeria offers New-York-style pizza made from scratch in St. Augustine, FL.

Carmelo's Marketplace delivers old-world quality — deliciously.

Spend a weekend away at the Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast in downtown St. Augustine, Fl

Historic Victorian bed and breakfast located within walking distance of historic downtown St. Augustine.

Casa de Solana

(904) 824-3555
21 Aviles Street

Casa de Solana Bed and Breakfast is the seventh oldest house in St. Augustine, Fl.

Casa de Sueños Bed & Breakfast captures the look of old St. Augustine in its Mediterranean-revival style architecture.

Find an oasis of elegant style and serenity right in the heart of downtown St. Augustine at the Casa de Sueños Bed & Breakfast.

Casa de Vino 57

(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.

The Casa Maya is located on Hypolita Street, just a block from the bayfront in historic St. Augustine, Florida.

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

Casa Monica Resort & Spa

(904) 827-1888
95 Cordova St.
The magnificent Casa Monica Resort & Spa in historic St. Augustine, Florida.

This expertly-appointed resort in St. Augustine offers visitors all the luxuries of a modern resort in a unique historic setting.

Casa Monica – Weddings

(904) 819-6006
95 Cordova St.
The Casa Monica Hotel in historic St. Augustine specializes in storybook weddings.

Host a fabulous wedding and reception at the luxurious Casa Monica Hotel in historic St. Augustine, Florida.

Casablanca Inn on the Bay

(904) 638-7104
24 Avenida Menendez
Front view of the Casablanca Inn at night

The Casablanca Inn is a historic district boutique hotel on the bayfront that offers atmosphere, food, and convenience to the St. Augustine attractions and shopping.

Castillo de San Marcos

(904) 829-6506
1 South Castillo Drive

Coronavirus Update: The Castillo de San Marcos has suspended operations until further notice.