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.

Columbia Restaurant

(904) 824-3341
98 St. George Street

The Columbian Restaurant presents award-winning Spanish and Cuban food in a vibrant, Old World setting.

Costa Brava Restaurant

(904) 810-6810
95 Cordova Street

Visitors can enjoy a culinary journey along the Mediterranean at this upscale restaurant in the Casa Monica Hotel.

Cousteau's Waffle and Milkshake Bar

(904) 342-5627
15 Hypolita Street

A nautical themed waffle and milkshake "bar" offering desserts made with delectable ingredients.

Enjoy fresh and delicious food for lunch from this favorite, local spot, on the water just off Riberia Street.

Crave Restaurant

(904) 293-6373
135 King Street

A health-food restaurant offering wraps, salads, bowls, and smoothies — all made with clean ingredients and served with a smile.

Crucial Coffee

(904) 810-2080
26 Charlotte Street

Located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, Crucial Coffee is a charming place to stop for a cup of coffee or tea.

Cuban Cafe & Bakery

(904) 829-1645
100 St. George Street

A Cuban-Floridian establishment serving authentic snacks and meals in the heart of downtown.

Delish Kebabs

(904) 770-7138
12 Cathedral Place

Serving authentic Brazilian skewers from a food truck since 2013, they now have a bricks and mortar location in St. Augustine.

Dog Rose Brewing Co.

(904) 217-3355
77 Bridge St.

Local brewery— brewing and serving craft pints and flights in Lincolnville.

Dos Gatos

(904) 679-4122
66 Hypolita St.

This downtown bar and lounge is open late, often featuring live music.

Dream Boat Coffee

100 St. George Street

Dream Boat coffee serves dreamy cold brew coffees and ice cream sammies on St. George Street.

Florida Cracker Cafe

(904) 829-0397
81 St. George St.

Enjoy Florida-style cuisine at this downtown restaurant, which offers indoor dining as well as a large outdoor patio with shaded seating.

The Floridian

(904) 829-0655
72 Spanish St.

The Floridian Restaurant offers fresh and delicious meals for lunch and dinner on Spanish Street.

Forgotten Tonic

(904) 827-9005
6 Aviles Street

Forgotten Tonic offers upscale food and service in a causal atmosphere.

Funkadelic Food Truck is known for their classic American fusion dishes and ever-changing menu.

Gaufre's & Goods

(904) 829-5770
212 Charlotte Street

This family-owned and operated Polish & Greek cafe offers coffees, pierogies, and sweet Belgian waffles with a variety of toppings.

Gelato Time

(904) 819-0133
122 St. George Street

Visitors and locals can dine on authentic Italian gelato at this eatery next-door to Pizza Time.

Georgie's Diner

(904) 819-9006
100 Malaga Street

Georgie's is an authentic vintage diner, serving both healthy and hearty breakfast, lunches, and dinners, with an emphasis on authentic Greek cuisine.

Gourmet Hut

(904) 217-0522
17 Cuna Street

Gourmet Hut offers signature dishes for breakfast and an ever-changing farm to table menu for lunch and dinner.

Grilled Cheese Gallery

(904) 770-7973
16 Cathedral Place

A restaurant with a greater variety of grilled cheese sandwiches than previously imagined.