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) 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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(904) 829-3535

2 St. George Street

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

(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.

(904) 819-0337

14-B Saint George Street

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

(904) 826-8600

14 Granada Street

Located on the Flagler College campus, the Lewis Auditorium is a performing arts space hosting campus and community events.

(904) 679-5492

9 St. George Street

A dessert and snack stand where guests can cool off with a Dole Whip or devour a turkey leg as they walk St. George Street.

(904) 824-2872

31 St. Francis Street

The Llambias House, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the few buildings in St. Augustine that dates back to the first Spanish colonial period.

(904) 824-2872

31 St. Francis Street

Llambias House in historic downtown St. Augustine is a beautiful relic of the past, that offers a picturesque garden for weddings.

(904) 827-9800

210 St. George Street

This diverse art gallery offers everything from 17th-century masters to bold, contemporary paintings.

(904) 217-7814

39 Cordova St.

Serving freshly made comfort food for breakfast and lunch, Maple Street's newest location is in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district.

(904) 826-8617

102 King St.

Originally built in the middle of an orange grove, St. Augustine's Markland House has all the charm of the Old South and plenty of space for hosting memorable specia...