Okay, for most of those who know me.... You know St. Augustine, Florida is one of my absolute favorite places in this world. A HUGE piece of my heart was left there when I had to move to Orlando a year ago. With my frequent visits back to America's Ancient City (it's 453 years old), I visit the same (and best) places. I figured I'd share my top spots in St. Augustine with you after my glorious weekend there. *Card in cover photo is from M.C. Pressure
Must see: Flagler College
Flagler College has been rated one of the prettiest college campuses in the WORLD. It's safe to say, you need to stop in the main courtyard of Ponce Hall (formerly the Ponce de Leon hotel, founded by Henry Flagler) and just take in the beauty of the building.
Some other must sees:
- St. George Street : famous for it's cute shops, and the second best pizza place in the US
- St. Augustine Lighthouse : provides a full 360º view of St. Augustine. Make sure you wear comfy shoes... It's quite a hike to the top!
- Castillo de San Marcos fort : looks like a turtle from above and they shoot off a canon everyday! If you swing by at sunrise and/or set, you'll get some amazing photos!
-St. Augustine beach : you're silly if you don't take a quick trip over the Bridge of Lions to the St. Augustine Beach Pier or Anastasia State Park to check it out
Food: Crave Food Truck
Crave Food Truck is a real local's favorite. Founded by a fellow Flagler alum, it has been a favorite of mine since freshman year. The menu consists of make your own salads, wraps, smoothies, and bowls, or choose from their specials. The specials are always changing, so try something new every time! My favorite smoothie is the Green Goddess, and I normally go for whatever bowl they have as a special. Pictured: Grilled Shrimp Chimichurri bowl
Some other bangin' food:
- Blue Hen : Southern style comfort food in a dreamy/homey space in Lincolnville. You MUST get a biscuit with the apricot butter. My favs include: the veggie omelette and the chicken biscuits.
- The Hyppo Gourmet Popsicles : The pops are made with local fruits and the flavors are always changing! You can even get it dipped in chocolate (worth it). Favs are: the Elvis (banana, peanut butter, and honey) and Blueberry Lavender Lemonade (you should have seen this coming).
- Big Island Bowls : the two owners have taken their Hawaiian inspired açaí bowls to the next level. These are great before or after the beach! I was notorious for taking my Hibiscus Bowl to the beach
-The Floridian : southern food with a twist! Vegan/gluten free friendly, and all around an amazing place! Their Cornbread Stack with tofu is my absolute favorite thing on their menu!
Drinks: The Kookaburra
Coffee lovers rejoice!!! The Kookaburra is HANDS DOWN the best coffee I've ever had and I really love coffee. Kook (as locals call it) was my hangout in college. Their original location is on Cathedral Street right in downtown, but now have a beachside location, and two others just outside of town. Be sure to try the Honey Badger, a house made donut, AND an Aussie Pie (my fav is the egg, cheddar, and rosemary). You will not be sorry
Some other awesome drinks :
- Juniper Market : this amazing cafe inside of Gray 1908 has soups, salads, sandwiches, pastries, coffees, teas, and wine (!!!!). The must try's are the Vietnamese Coffee, Magic Coffee, all of the cookies, and any/all of the grilled cheeses.
- Ice Plant : connected to the St. Augustine Distillery, Ice Plant is a bar/restaurant offering house cocktails made with the liquor distilled right on the other side of the restaurant wall. The moody, vintage space is the perfect spot for a cocktail (or brunch on Sunday) with your boo, or your group of bffs! My favorite cocktail is the New World Gin & Tonic!
- Ancient City Taproom : a fairly new addition to DTSTA, but surely worth the wait! The taproom sits right on Cathedral Street with a cozy bar, ten taps, and rad bartenders! Highly recommend if you're a beer fan like me!
Shopping: Magnolia Supply
Magnolia Supply really is every girl's dream. Their sweet new pieces and their carefully curated vintage pieces allow everyone to find something that suits them. Everything screams "girl power", and I guarantee you'll feel right at home in a store that has a huge piece of my heart!
Some other incredible shops to check out:
- Obscura : a Yield Design shop, where you'll find a plethora of minimalist pieces. You'll find everything from planters, french presses, leather goods, jewelry, books, and notecards. I truly can't not buy something when I step foot in the store. It's definitely more of a must do than a suggestion.
- The Rosy Cheek / Anchor Boutique : The Rosy Cheek is your organic makeup, candle, and wellness goods paradise. Everything is carefully chosen to ensure the products are clean, cruelty free, and great for you and your skin. My favorites/must buys include: Boy Smells candles, Vital Proteins Collagen, Cane & Austin skincare, and Grown Alchemist Body Scrub. Sharing the space, is Anchor Boutique. My goodness, I cannot begin to express how much I love the jewelry my good friend, Laurel, creates. You can purchase her pre-designed goodies, or you can have her create custom pieces. I've been the recipient of a custom piece before and it was more incredible than I ever imagined it could be.
- M.C. Pressure : When I need any card for an occasion, a new notepad, coasters, or custom monogrammed stationary, this is where I go. Founded by another Flagler alum, M.C. Pressure is a print shop in DTSTA. Whether you find his work in another STA shop, or make a visit to his studio and retail space, I guarantee you'll get a kick out of his designs and buy them all, because I sure did. My family has definitely received their unfair share of M.C.'s cards for birthdays, a wedding, and just because. M.C. also made me some rad monogram stationary with gold foil *insert heart eye emoji*.
- Gray 1908 : this dreamy space holds Juniper Market and Jenna Alexander's studio. Jenna Alexander is an amazing friend, photographer, and artist from STA whose art fills my apartment. While in Gray 1908, you can check out where the magic happens in her studio, prints she has for sale, and even inquire with her about an original or custom piece.
I hope you've enjoyed my collection of St. Augustine's finest treasures. I also hope you make the trip and check it out. I promise you won't be sorry!