Discover Downtown St. Augustine
The rare finds charted in this guide are all within a 15-minute walk. You can stroll along the waterfront enjoying views of the Bridge of Lions or wander down the cobblestone streets lined with shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Either way, you’re sure to find yourself having fun. The exploration of Saint Augustine began over 450 years ago. Take discovery into your own hands with this list of old and new treasures found downtown including cultural adventures and hundreds of years of history.
You Haven’t Seen St. Augustine Until You:
Step back in history at Castillo de San Marcos
The Castillo de San Marcos is one of the only two fortifications in the world built out of a semi-rare form of limestone called coquina. Castillo de San Marcos is also the oldest masonry fort in the United States, completed in 1695.
Stroll through galleries on Aviles Street
Explore Aviles Street, filled with galleries and restaurants. Stroll back in time on the oldest street in America, now the area’s most diverse arts district.
Explore St. George Street
Explore historic St. George Street. The narrow avenue is pedestrian-friendly, filled with boutiques, bistros and quirky gift shops.
Immerse in Living History at the Colonial Quarter*
Experience centuries of St. Augustine history come to life as you watch 17th century blacksmiths rework metal into utensils, help leatherworkers craft by hand in an 18th century shop, and savor traditional pub fare or Spanish tapas – all within Colonial Quarter’s captivating two acres. Don’t forget to stop by for an afternoon or evening concert, free for visitors each weekend under the lantern-lit Colonial Oak Music Park.
Visit the former Hotel Ponce de Leon
Built by Henry M. Flagler in 1888 and one of the most exclusive resorts of its day, Historic Tours of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon highlight the Spanish Renaissance architectural heritage of what is now Flagler College.
Locally Inspired Cuisine, Awe-Inspiring Ambiance:
Downtown St. Augustine is a food-lover’s dream with a diverse range of locally owned and operated restaurants. Blending old world flavors, locally sourced ingredients and the hottest culinary trends, the nationally celebrated chefs in our leading restaurants are serving up once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.
Authentic Spanish Fare
With both restaurants located in colonial houses dating back to the 1700s, Michael’s Tasting Room* and La Pentola are top-rated restaurants with rich histories and even richer menu selections.
Unique Florida Flavors
The Floridian* offers a diverse menu, which ranges from down-home southern comfort foods to lighter vegetarian options. Try the Spicy Melt or Tacos de Verano to taste a flavor unique to St. Augustine cuisine - the Datil pepper. A sweet, manageably spicy pepper introduced by the Minorcans, and grown in the area since the 1700s.
Historic Place Settings
Located on quaint St. George Street, Prohibition Kitchen* allows guests to escape into the mysterious world of flapper dresses and speakeasies while enjoying live music and memorable comfort foods. Located in the Lightner Museum, the Alcazar Café offers a casual fine dining experience in what was once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. To left of the museum is the Casa Monica Resort and Spa and Costa Brava, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant featuring flavorful coastal cuisine.
A Night Out Sounds Better Than Ever
Looking for a little late-night fun after dinner? Downtown St. Augustine will not disappoint with lively locales ranging from old pirate haunts to the hottest new distilleries. We have a history of having fun that’s only getting better year after year.
Late Night Music
Live music can be heard throughout the streets of St. Augustine late into the night. O.C. White’s* outdoor patio often features local solo guitarists and magnificent views of the marina and Bridge of Lions. Tempo* promises good times, good food and live music six nights a week.
For the self-proclaimed night owls, check out the following list of bars that keep the drinks flowing and the good times rolling until 2 a.m.: Sangrias Wine & Piano Bar* (open till 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday), Meehan’s Irish Pub*, Bar with No Name* and Stogies Cigar Bar*
* Weekly Live Music
Downtown St. Augustine is an epicenter of arts and culture. Treat your senses with this free Downtown Itinerary, with suggestions for drinking, dining and discovering your way through our historic city center.