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.

(904) 825-0087

4 Granada Street

From boutique tasting tours to specialty walking tours, City Walks Food & Wine Tours offers something special for everyone who visits the nation's oldest city.

(904) 238-8900

212C Charlotte Street

A gallery and studio in historic downtown St. Augustine that features a local painter and a local potter.

(904) 810-5699

51 Cordova Street

The Closet carries clothing and art by local designers, and a few edited vintage and consignment pieces.

(904) 810-5877

113 St. George Street

A unique gift shop where visitors can discover their heritage and take home a family certificate.

This monument was erected seven years after the close of the war and was originally placed on St. George Street before being moved to the Plaza de la Constitución. ...

(904) 810-6810

95 Cordova Street

Visitors can enjoy a culinary journey along the Mediterranean at this upscale restaurant in the Casa Monica Hotel.

(904) 829-3148

162 Saint George Street, Ste 12

Natural cotton clothing for men and women made in the United States.

(904) 293-6373

135 King Street

A health-food restaurant offering wraps, salads, bowls, and smoothies — all made with clean ingredients and served with a smile.

(904) 819-6220

48 Sevilla Street

Located on the Flagler College campus, this museum displays contemporary artwork done by artists from all over the country.

(941) 545-3847

106 Saint George Street, L

Eco-friendly reusable straws and natural products that save the ocean "one straw at a time"