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.

A1A Ale Works

(904) 829-2977
1 King Street

American eatery on the bayfront, offering a full from-scratch menu and a wide selection of beers.

Alta Marea

(904) 615-1667
17 King Street

Alta Marea, the Italian phrase for "high tide" features the best of local and Mediterranean seafood.

Ancient City Downtown Taproom

(904) 217-3278
18 Cathedral Place

Visitors can enjoy local St. Augustine beers at this downtown tasting room.

Ancient City Brunch Bar

(904) 342-0890
210 St. George Street

Ancient City Brunch Bar offers pastries, sandwiches, and brunch in a box — plus a myriad of coffee, tea, and drink choices.

Ann O'Malley's Deli and Pub

(904) 825-4040
23 Orange Street

This authentic Irish Pub celebrates corned beef, a proper pint of Guinness, and sports from all over the world.

Athena Greek Restaurant

(904) 823-9076
14 Cathedral Place

Athena's offers authentic Greek entrees in the heart of the historic district and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Auggie's Draft Room

(904) 907-1317
3 St. George Street

A hot spot for beer lovers in St. Augustine with 24 self-serve beer taps and live music.

Auggie's Mini Donuts

(941) 321-8018
2 St. George Street

A small shop serving small batches of custom mini-donuts on St. George Street.

Auntie Anne's

(321) 947-2807
69 St. George Street

Fresh, hot-out-of-the-oven pretzels on St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine.

Avilés Restaurant and Lounge

(904) 829-2277
32 Avenida Menendez

A fine-dining restaurant on the bayfront with a delicious and diverse menu and a comfortable, elegant atmosphere.

Backyard Island Cafe at Meehan's

(904) 810-1923
20 Avenida Menendez

A tropical getaway in the backyard at Meehan's, serving pub food and drinks from a full-service liquor bar.

Bantam Chef

(904) 770-2990
34 Granada Street

The Bantam Chef, famous in Flagler County for their fish sandwich, has opened a second location in St. Augustine.

Bar Harbor Cheesecake Company

(904) 547-2961
6 Cordova Street

This southern location of a seasonal Bar Harbor, Maine favorite offers cheesecake, truffles, and wine as well as delicious savory treats.

Bar with No Name

(904) 826-1837
16 S. Castillo Drive

A dive bar with a tight atmosphere and a unique view — for those in search of good times, good drinks, and good music.

Barefoot Bill's Island Grill

(904) 824-2784
162 St. George Street

This downtown restaurant and bar offers a beachy vibe and food to keep you going while shopping or touring the oldest city.

Barley Republic Irish Pub

(904) 547-2023
48 Spanish Street

The Barley Republic offers pub fare and sandwiches plus traditional Irish food and an authentic pub atmosphere.

Ben and Jerry's

(904) 429-9876
128 St. George Street

Visitors may enjoy their favorite flavors of Ben and Jerry's ice cream on St. George Street.

Boat Drinks

(903) 274-0094
56 St. George Street

Nautically themed and serving tropical dishes and drinks, this modern eatery invites guests to "eat like a local."

Bull and Crown Publick House

(904) 342-2869
53 St. George Street

Dine in this 18th-century style restaurant in historic downtown where the servers and the restaurant are part of living history.

Burger Buckets

(904) 342-5295
3 Cordova St.

Burger Buckets offers lunch, dinner, and dessert -- featuring a baker's dozen of specialty burgers.