Weekend in St. Augustine: A Foodie Itinerary

By: Rachelle Lucas


Just last weekend, my husband and I took a road trip up to St. Augustine to experience some of their great restaurants during the city's month-long dining event, The Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast. 

While this fabulous promotion takes place annually every fall season, I found so many award-winning restaurants and fun foodie activities that I promised my husband we'd start making this journey up to the Historic Coast more often.

If you're planning a getaway to St. Augustine, here's a sample itinerary that will fill your tummy with memorable foods and your camera with breathtaking photos.

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AFTERNOON: Check in at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront, unpack your bags and enjoy the waterfront view. Many of the rooms have expansive porches overlooking the Matanzas River and it is easily walking-distance to everything. There's also plenty of smaller bed and breakfasts to choose from at StAugustineInns.com, so you're sure to find the perfect stay in the historic center.

DINNER:  For a casual meal in an enchanting setting underneath the shade of trees and the glow of market lights while overlooking the bay, Harry's Seafood Bar & Grill is the place to be.

EVENING:  Get acquainted with St. Augustine's history and stories in an entertaining way by going on one of their ghost tours, including Ghost Tours of St. Augustine or the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour.


BREAKFAST: Enjoy coffee and sticky buns at The Bunnery Bakery & Cafe, a family-owned bakery that makes delectable baked items as well as savory breakfast sandwiches.

MORNING: Discover one of the first resort hotels built in Florida and imagine yourself in an era where electricity was a new invention and Florida was the most exotic vacation destination at the "end of the earth" and full of alligators and palm trees. This is the Flagler Legacy Tour. You'll step inside a mystic-looking dining hall reminiscent of a scene straight out of a Harry Potter movie. While only the wealthiest of New York socialites were invited to stay here when it opened, today it is the dormitory for Flagler College. I'm sure they love having their meals in a Hogwarts style setting. I know I would!

LUNCH: Skip it. I know, a surprising thing to say to foodies. But believe me, you'll want to save room for the afternoon's foodie tour. Instead, take a stroll along the bay front and get some photos around Castillo De San Marcos, a 17th Century fort. Across the street from the fort you'll find a little shack called Crucial Coffee on the corner of Cuna and Charlotte. Order one of their many creative coffee drinks and relax in their garden courtyard before your tour. If you do get hungry for a snack, I highly recommend Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops, and taste one of their whimsical flavors such as Sangria Plum or Riesling Pear.

AFTERNOON: If your idea of a good time is spending the entire afternoon sipping wine and nibbling on delicious sweet and savory treats, then you'll love the Vino and Vittles tour with The Tasting Tours. You'll board a horse and carriage ride with other foodies and be paraded around to multiple locations to taste the best St. Augustine has to offer. The locations change seasonally, but I l know you'll be in for a delicious surprise. 

EVENING/DINNER: You might be a little full from The Tasting Tours to go straight to dinner, so I recommend taking a walk along St. George Street for plenty of live music and shopping.  When you start to feel a little hungry again, head back to one of your favorite stops on the Vino and Vittles tour. One of our favorites was The Tasting Room for Spanish tapas and wine, the perfect snack-sized portions for a little late night nosh.


BRUNCH: Try something tropical to start your day and order a mango coconut crepe at The Mermaid Cafe.

AFTERNOON: After checking out of your hotel, instead of driving inland, cross the Bridge of Lions and head on over to the St. Augustine Lighthouse for some incredible views, fascinating stories, and great photo opportunities.

There's really too much to see in just a weekend, so if you plan to stay longer definitely visit FloridasHistoricCoast.com to discover all there is to do in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.

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