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.

Gringos Tacos

(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.

Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille

(904) 824-7765
46 Avenida Menendez

This New Orleans-style restaurant offers courtyard seating, a lively bar, and intimate indoor tables and booths.

The Hyppo on Charlotte St.

(904) 217-7853
48 Charlotte Street

The Hyppo is a local favorite, offering gourmet popsicles in every flavor imaginable.

The Hyppo on St. George Street

(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. 

Isabela's Bar Cuba

(904) 377-3062
19 Cuna Street

Enjoy fine cigars, wine, and beer in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine.

Johnny's Oyster Bar

(904) 810-1923
20 Avenida Menendez

Located upstairs from Meehan's, Johnny's specializes in oysters, has a full bar, and a great view of the bay.

Kernel Popper's Gourmet Popcorn

(904) 342-7668
116 St. George Street

Enjoy a selection of over 250 flavors of popcorn at Kernel Poppers on St. George Street.

Kilwin's Chocolate: South

(904) 826-0008
140 St. George St

Ice cream, fudge, and chocolates will satisfy a sweet tooth at Kilwin's.

Kookaburra serves refreshing coffee and Australian pastries at this popular coffee shop in historic downtown.

Le Macaron - St. George Street

(904) 217-4882
130 St. George Street

This French pastry shop serves macarons, cakes, and other sweet treats.

Le Macaron French Pastries

(904) 217-4882
8 Cathedral Place

This French pastry shop serves macarons, cakes, and other sweet treats.

Likit

(904) 679-5492
9 St. George Street

A dessert and snack stand where guests can cool off with a Dole Whip or devour a turkey leg as they walk St. George Street.

Maple Street Biscuit Company

(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.

Mary's Harbor View Cafe

(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.

Mayday Ice Cream - Historic District

(904) 217-0517
100 St. George Street

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

Meehan's Irish Pub & Seafood House

(904) 810-1923
20 Avenida Menendez

Visitors can enjoy authentic Irish food, beers, and atmosphere at this restaurant and bar located on the bayfront in historic downtown St. Augustine.

Michael's

(904) 810-2400
25 Cuna Street

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

Mill Top Tavern

(904) 829-2329
19 1/2 St. George Street

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

This French-inspired restaurant offers a variety of sweet and savory crepes made fresh for every order.

Mojo Old City BBQ

(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.