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) 810-1083

64 Hypolita Street

The Gifted Cork offers wine and cheese from around the world, plus interesting gifts — and wine tastings.

(904) 679-5958

5C St. George Street

Go Fish Clothing and Jewelry features a variety of handcrafted items.

(904) 829-8272

8 Carrera Street

Henry Flagler built the Grace Church in 1887, using the same builders and architects that he used to build the Ponce de Leon Hotel. This church replaced the Olive...

(904) 217-0176

125 King Street

A King Street taco shop that pays homage to traditional Mexican food while adding a distinct twist with "Western-style" tacos.

(904) 829-3022

19 St. George Street

Grist Mill Gifts is a gift shop on St. George Street selling souvenirs and collectable gifts. From their selection, guests will find toys, jewelry, hats, flags, t-sh...

(904) 824-8876

152 St. George Street

H.W. Davis Co. provides name brand women's and men's clothes in downtown St. Augustine.

(904) 824-4944

34 Treasury Street

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

(904) 217-7853

48 Charlotte Street

The Hyppo is a local favorite, offering gourmet popsicles in every flavor imaginable. The main shop on Charlotte Street, where all their popsicles are made, is conve...

(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. This location (at 70 St. Georg...

Corner of Hypolita and St. George Streets

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