You’ll find great deals shopping in St. Augustine all year round, but there’s something incredibly magical about doing your holiday shopping in the nation’s oldest city. First of all, our city comes alive each November with sparkling decorations for the Nights of Lights, an annual city-wide festival. And secondly, you never know what you’ll discover at our unique local boutiques, antique shops, and fantastic art galleries.
What better way to start your holiday shopping in St. Augustine than with a weekend or mid-week getaway? You can spend your days leisurely exploring St. George Street, Aviles Street, Anastasia Island, and the Outlet Malls. While your evenings can be dedicated to relaxing and resetting before the stress of the holidays begin. Thankfully, our St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast is the best place to do the latter.
The St. Francis Inn is in the ideal downtown location in St. Augustine. Our guests often set off on foot to view the nearby attractions and activities, and more often than not, they come back with shopping bags full of gifts and souvenirs from the local boutiques. Back at the Inn, you’ll love our cozy guest rooms, long list of complimentary amenities (including breakfast each morning and an afternoon of snacks and wine), and our welcoming hospitality.
Start Your Holiday Shopping in St. Augustine
If you’ve made your list and checked it twice, it’s time to start your holiday shopping in St. Augustine. There’s a fantastic selection and variety of boutiques, gift shops, local wineries, distilleries, and much more to find something for everyone and wrap up your list.
Here are the best places for shopping in St. Augustine this year:
St. George Street:
- As one of the most popular destinations for shopping in St. Augustine, this historic thoroughfare is closed off to car traffic so visitors can peruse at their leisure along the cobblestone street and indoor shopping halls. You’ll find more than 100 boutiques, gift shops, antique collectors, and more. Be sure to pop by J.R. Benet Jewelry, Bin 39 Wine, City Gate Spirits, and the Red Pineapple Boutique.
Aviles Street & King Street:
- These two main drags in downtown St. Augustine are known for their collections of art galleries and locally owned boutiques. One of the best times to visit these art hubs is on the First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 pm. The majority of the galleries open their doors, many offer receptions (some with wine!), and bring the community together to support our local and international artists.
- As the newest area for shopping in St. Augustine, the Anastasia Island district is just over the historic Bridge of Lions and is known for having an excellent selection of tropical beach wares, antiques, and locally-owned boutiques. Be sure to stop by Island Beachware before or after a stroll on the bright white sand of St. Augustine Beach.
St. Augustine Outlet Malls:
- You might need a few big box store items to finish up your shopping list, and the St. Augustine Outlet Malls are just the place. Just about 20 minutes from downtown, you’ll find this huge selection of name brand stores with unbeatable sales and prices.
Feel free to ask your Innkeepers at our Florida Bed and Breakfast for more of the best places for holiday shopping in St. Augustine!
Join us at our Historic Inn in St. Augustine
During the winter season, one of the biggest draws to our nation’s oldest capital is holiday shopping in St. Augustine, but the Nights of Lights tops it all. So we like to ensure that all of our guests who stay at St. Francis Inn get to fully enjoy this annual event—for free! For those lodging with us for two consecutive weeknights (Sunday thru Thursday) from mid-November to January, get a 30-Minute Holiday Old Town Trolley Evening Tour of the Nights of Lights at 7:00 pm on us.
Make sure to mention the “Light Up Your Life” special when booking your reservation. Check out our upcoming holiday availability and reserve your room today!