Imagine a sunny day, the streets lined with picturesque historical buildings and lush palm trees. A weathered fort and cemetery are on the horizon, and a costumed Ponce de Leon character walks by. You hear live folk music and smell traditional Spanish fare. The beautiful beach is just minutes away. Welcome to America’s Oldest City, St. Augustine!
No other city mixes history and coastal living quite the way St. Augustine does. You’ll want to explore every nook and cranny of this national treasure, and what better way to do so than through shopping?
Here’s a guide on how to take home a piece (or two) of St. Augustine on your next trip:
If you’re looking for something unique to St. Augustine, try one of these locally-owned boutiques for women’s clothing and accessories. You’ll find most located on St. George Street, the epicenter of the historic district, but also on surrounding streets.
- Serenity Blue – Beautiful handmade jewelry, including nautical themes such as anchors and starfish, and opaque turquoise and rose stones.
- Red Pineapple – A little slice of boutique heaven with an Anthropologie feel, they carry everything from lace shorts, to book purses, to statement necklaces.
- 360 Boutique – A hip boutique with a decidedly bohemian feel.
- The Closet – Consignment and vintage items fill the back half of the store, and clothes by local artists fill the front.
- Cottonways – Featuring 100% cotton fashion that’s nearly maintenence-free and super comfortable to wear.
- Go Fish – A colorful boutique with a mission. Go Fish features jewelry, clothes and knick-knacks sourced from under-developed nations with the goal of giving back.
- Spanish Dutch Convoy – All the leather and vegan handbags a girl could want, including some well-known brands.
St. Augustine shopping is quirky and fun – you’ll find everything from belly dancing costumes to coats of arms. This next group of locally owned business is sure to please everyone on your list (not just the ladies) and everything is located on or near St. George Street.
- Coat of Arms Shoppe – Trace your family name back to its origin, and leave with a coat of arms, pendant or banner. The ultimate historic shopping. 113A St George St., St. Augustine, Fla., 32084
- Metalartz – A hip, funky interior decorating store featuring glass art, paintings, mosaics, and silver jewelry from more than 50 artists.
- Bath Junkies – Make your own beauty products, fresh to order – you choose the product, and develop your own scent and colors.
- The Shell Shop – Unique wood carvings, jewelry and of course shells, that make great souveniers.
- Tea & Spice Exchange – Sample hundreds of flavors of salts, teas, sugars, spices, blends and rubs in this unique culinary shopping experience.
- Earthbound Trading Company – You’ll find incense, beads, wind chimes and tons of other little treasures at this earthy shop.
There are more than 160 outlet stores in St. Augustine, and bargain and luxury shoppers alike won’t want to miss these shopping hotspots. There are two main outlet malls:
- St. Augustine Premium Outlets – Features brands such as J.Crew, Coach, Nike and Calvin Klein.
- St. Augustine Outlets – Features brands such as BCBG, Gucci, Kate Spade and Michael Kors.
No trip to St. Augustine is complete without visiting St. Augustine Beach, and there’s plenty of shopping to be had while you’re there. Check out these four surf shops for surf reports, lessons and tons of surf and beach gear:
AGOSA (The Art Galleries of St. Augustine) brings together the aesthetics and history of the city into an association of 13 art galleries. On the First Friday of every month you can take advantage of a free trolley that runs between galleries, or pick up a free self-guided tour any day of the week.
No matter your shopping style, there are plenty of great finds in St. Augustine. Bring home a bit of historic culture, beach memories, or the latest fashion as your unique souvenir from America’s Oldest City!