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) 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...

(904) 825-0193

16 Avenida Menendez

Mary's Harbor View Cafe on the bayfront offers a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner and amazing views of the water.

(904) 217-0517

100 St. George Street

Hand-crafted ice cream, homemade sprinkles, and waffle cones are available across from the Columbia Restaurant.

(904) 810-2400

25 Cuna Street

Michael's presents seasonal menu items for a casually elegant dining experience in St. Augustine.

(904) 829-2329

19 1/2 St. George Street

This former grist mill is now a cozy restaurant, bar, and live music venue.

(904) 770-2719

1 King Street #102

MOD Mari is a clothing shop in downtown St. Augustine featuring the latest fashion trends for ladies.

(904) 342-5264

5 Cordova Street

Dine on a full menu of Southern specialties and BBQ appetizers, along with a bar carrying craft beers and tasteful bourbons.

(904) 824-0116

27 Cuna Street

Specializing in custom jewelry designs in gold and silver, jewelry repair, estate jewelry, and unique artisan gifts.

(904) 563-4985

125 D King Street

Native Pueblo provides teas, crafts, jewelry, dream-catchers and more made by members of select native tribes.

(904) 342-7460

20 Cathedral Place

A souvenir shop on the plaza with custom print tees where visitors can choose a shirt color and design!

(904) 826-0113

115 Cordova St

This award-winning, pet-friendly historic inn is ideal for a peaceful, relaxing stay in St. Augustine.

(904) 826-0113

115 Cordova Street

The Old City House Inn located in the heart of Historic Downtown St. Augustine provides quality service  and makes special occasions unforgettable.

(904) 826-0113

115 Cordova Street

Exquisite presentation, delicious fare, and impeccable customer service can be found at this charming downtown restaurant.