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.

Sprout Kitchen Cafe

(904) 217-4954
86 Charlotte Street

Sprout Kitchen offers plant based meals, organic juices, smoothies and snacks.

St. Augie's Pizza

(904) 436-5998
115 King Street

A St. Augustine pizza shop serving New York style pizzas along with salads, pastas, and appetizers.

St. Augustine Coffee House

(904) 819-1644
6 St. George Street

A local St. Augustine coffee shop serving grab n' go snacks and drinks for those strolling St. George Street.

St. Augustine Seafood Company

(904) 342-2857
33 St. George Street

A casual dining atmosphere with American seafood dishes, plus a full bar.

Stogies Cigar Bar

(904) 826-4008
36 Charlotte Street

St. Augustine's own cigar bar! Find a huge variety of stogies here, craft beer and wines, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.

Sweetwater Coffee Bar

(904) 615-1653
8 Granada Street

Sweetwater Coffee Bar and Gallery is serious about coffee and joyous about art, serving coffee, pastries, lunch, and a feast for the eyes.

Taberna del Caballo

(904) 342-2867
37 St. George Street

This authetinc Spanish tavern in the Colonial Quarter offers tapas in their cozy bar.

Tedi's Olde Tyme Ice Cream

(904) 825-1730
65 St. George Street

This St. George Street ice cream shop serves up dessert creations on freshly baked waffled cones, along with other treats to keep visitors cool.

The Donut Experiment

(904) 342-2234
117 King Street

The Donut Experiment gives you the chance to put your donut together however you like it: icing, toppings, or even plain.

The Drunken Horse

(904) 679-5858
56 Charlotte St

A warm French restaurant serving starters, mains, brunch and Charcuterie with an extensive wine list.

The Sweet Spot

32 St. George Street

An ice cream shop on St. George Street that also sells fudge, macarons, and cookie dough by the scoop.

This cocktail bar offers unique handmade cocktails in a charming, historic setting.

Tini Martini Bar

(904) 829-0928
24 Avenida Menendez

Sit back and relax with a custom or classic martini at this bayfront bar in historic downtown.

Tradewinds Lounge

(904) 829-9336
124 Charlotte Street

A 1940s island themed bar in the heart of downtown.

White Lion Bar and Grill

(904) 829-2388
20 Cuna St

Enjoy good times, cold drinks, and tasty food at this historic downtown bar and grill and late-night favorite.