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) 824-2872

14 St. Francis Street

The Oldest House Museum Complex offers guided tours, two museums, a colonial kitchen, an ornamental garden, and museum store to its visitors. Tours are conducted ev...

(904) 829-0032

46 St. George Street

Find the perfect fedora, visor, cap or hand-blocked Panama hat at this popular shop on St. George Street.

(904) 679-5292

100 St. George Street

Offering visitors an around-the-world experience via candy from Europe, Japan, and Latin America.

(904) 584-5417

11 Aviles Street

With Pastime Tours, visitors can tour St. Augustine's Historic Downtown while stepping back to the roaring 20s in a realistic Model-T.

(904) 829-8209

87 Cedar Street

This bed and breakfast personifies its name with its outdoor garden, private rooms with baths, and calm restful atmosphere.

(904) 295-8232

8 Aviles Street

Peace Pie offers a unique spin on ice cream sandwiches with a pie filling.

(904) 829-5064

143 St. George Street

The Peña-Peck House is a historic house that offers guided tours and several wedding packages.

69 St. George Street

A quaint little outdoor bar serving beer and wine while also hosting local musicians.

(904) 819-0133

124 St. George St.

Pizza Time prepares Brooklyn Style pizza and sells it by the slice or whole pie.

(904) 825-2627

117 St. George Street

Order quick-service pizza at the counter, or sit down for a full dining experience at the Chianti Room.

(904) 825-4100

60 Charlotte Street

This establishment offers great pizza to eat in or to go, as well a full Italian dinner menu from calamari to cannoli.

(904) 209-5704

121 St. George Street

Some popular entrees include Croque Madame and it is considered a vibrant hot spot with a 1920s inspired-environment.

(904) 825-1001

1 Cathedral Street

The Plaza de la Constitución sits at the center of our historic city and is bordered by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.