Lightner Museum looking south

Historic Downtown

The heart of the First City is found here in Historic Downtown.

The heart of the city is here in 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. The result is a walkable city designed with old European concepts. 

This Historic Downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places, as are more than 20 sites within the district from the Alcazar Hotel to the Ximenez-Fatio House. It's a charming area for walking around all day, while 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

The area's top-rated attractions reflect how history has shaped St. Augustine, including the Flagler Legacy Tours, Lightner Museum, and the Colonial Quarter. Another defining feature of the Historic District is the architecture. The building facades represents the height of Spanish Colonial and Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture. This area of town showcases everything from early European design to Gilded Age extravagance to Old Florida style.

The Historic Downtown represents U.S. history from 1565 and is sure to offer activities for the whole family to enjoy.

(904) 217-3258

88 - 90 Charlotte Street

Sweet and savory delights await at boVine in the historic downtown area

20 Bridge of Lions

Connecting downtown to Anastasia Island and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

(904) 907-1150

162 St. George Street

Briney Deep features marine-life-themed t-shirts and hoodies.

(904) 825-9948

25 Granada Street

Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, and a historic and charming atmosphere.

(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.

(904) 823-0787

22 Hypolita Street

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

(904) 827-1888

95 Cordova St.

This historic hotel with an opulent lobby, fountains, frescos, and chandeliers harkens to its turn-of-the-century origins.

(904) 217-3542

40 Charlotte Street

Fresh, local seafood in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine.

(904) 315-4505

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Chillula brings down the house at weddings, private parties, or special events.

(904) 436-5813

47 Cordova Street

Downtown scratch bakery and café with free Wi-Fi and indoor and patio seating.

(904) 342-8694

69 St. George Street

Fresh rolls with creamy tops and iced beverages on a summer day.