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.

Hemingway House B&B

(904) 829-3819
54 Charlotte Street

Named after Ernest Hemingway, this bed and breakfast offers Florida charm, comfortable amenities, and a few stories about Papa Hemingway.

Old Time Portrait Studio

(904) 824-7017
162 Saint George Street

Vacation-goers can remember their visit with old-timey photos at this portrait studio.

Hilton Historic Bayfront

(904) 829-2277
32 Avenida Menendez

The Historic Hilton on the bay offers luxurious amenities and a scenic waterfront view.

Historic Downtown Parking Facility

(904) 484-5160
1 Cordova St.

St. Augustine’s Historic Downtown Parking Facility offers parking spaces for 1,200 vehicles, and is conveniently located located across from the Visitor Information Center just north of the main downtown pedestrian walkway of St.

Hot Stuff

(904) 824-4944
34 Treasury Street

Hot Stuff — Home of the Datil Pepper — has served hot stuff in St. Augustine for over 25 years.

Every piece of handmade sea glass jewelry from the House of Z is as unique as the person wearing it.

The Hyppo on Charlotte St.

(904) 217-7853
48 Charlotte Street

The Hyppo is a local favorite, offering gourmet popsicles in every flavor imaginable.

The Hyppo on St. George Street

(904) 547-2980
70 St. George Street

The Hyppo creates gourmet popsicles that range from spicy to sweet to downright funky -- and they are all unique to St. Augustine. 

Inn on Charlotte

(904) 829-3819
52 Charlotte Street

This romantic inn has all the charm of its 1918 origin, conveniently located in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district.

Inspired Life Boutique

(904) 523-1261
9 Spanish Street

Spread self-expression, authenticity, and kindness through women's apparel and accessories

Irish Gift Shop

(904) 824-5040
26 Cuna Street

Gifts from Ireland abound in downtown St. Augustine.

Isabela's Bar Cuba

(904) 377-3062
19 Cuna Street

Enjoy fine cigars, wine, and beer in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine.

Hispanic Garden

Corner of Hypolita and St. George Streets

A Spanish-style garden dedicated in 1965 as part of the formal 400th anniversary of St. Augustine.

J C the Cuban Roller Cigars

(904) 808-1523
162 St. George Street

High quality and hand rolled cigars await you.

J.R. Benet Store

(904) 824-6522
62 St. George Street

Fair-trade and high-quality jewelry from around the world are featured at JR Benet.

Jackie Hird Photography

(904) 553-8614

Jackie Hird, an experienced photographer, focuses on providing heirloom portraits for families and organizations.

A St. Augustine art gallery showcasing international artists and jewelry designs.

Jensen Pottery

(904) 806-0031
11 F Aviles Street

Jensen Pottery features pottery, raku, and mixed media pieces by Ken, as well as paper sculpture and pottery created by Donna McCarthy Jensen.

Joel Bagnal Goldsmith

(904) 614-4706
11C Aviles Street

St. Augustine's goldsmith, Joel Bagnal works closely with his clients to create the perfect piece of jewelry.

Johnny's Oyster Bar

(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.