St. Augustine Dining and Shopping during Construction

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Summer is a wonderful time to visit St. Augustine for a Florida Weekend Getaway or a relaxing Vacation Week in one of our St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast Inns. And this year it’s also the time that the city has decided to do quite a bit of face lifting. Not to worry. We don’t close because of a little extra dirt in this town. Whether you are looking for great St. Augustine dining or quaint shops for that unusual item, you’ll find it on Hypolita Street. I’m going to give you a list of the great shops that are still open for business while the city is improving the look of this shop lined street. This street is the first to get a facelift in the City of St. Augustine’s Downtown Improvement District Project. It really is going to be beautiful, so be sure to make your reservations at one of our Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns so you can see the before and after look of the city!

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Right now through October 15, 2014 Hypolita Street will be under construction. New water lines, sanitary sewer lines, storm water drainage, gas lines, and upgraded electrical and phone lines are now being installed incrementally along the street. After they get that all installed they will begin planting palm trees along the street and installing 4 sided colonial type streetlights with high efficient LED lights. The streets will be bricked with coquina concrete sidewalks. We’re looking forward to a beautiful transformation. Check out these before pictures with the after artist rendering.

Before & after photos

Hypolita Street, one of the three streets in the Downtown Improvement District, is shown in its current, or “before” condidtion (above left) and in an illiustration of the “after look” (right) – Photos from the City of St. Augustine Website.


Open for Business – St Augustine Shopping and Dining

All of the shops and restaurants on Hypolita Street want you to know that they are still open for business and they are looking forward to seeing you in their shops. Some are even running construction specials, so be sure to stop by, say hello and ask if they are running any construction specials. This may be a great time for some St. Augustine dining and shopping savings on Hypolita Street. I’m listing the shops first and under that all of the great restaurants on the street. Many of these businesses have been hit pretty hard since the construction started. Please support them by going out of your way to see what they have to offer.


There are quite a few quaint shops on Hypolita Street that you don’t want to miss. We’ll list them from the West side to the East side.

The Gifted Cork is a wonderful wine and gift boutique that offers convenience, variety and a unique selection of gifts and wine, while maintaining competitive prices.The Gifted Cork

The Spice & Tea Exchange – This unique shop touts gourmet seasonings and spices, cooking herbs, gourmet teas, sugars, sea salts and signature TSTE’ products – blends and rubs made from TSTE’ secret recipes.Spice & Tea Exchange

Bath Junkie – Soaks, scrubs, lotions and so much more. Look for the bubbles along the street. Some days they are really easy to find. Bath Junkie

Metalartz – This gallery shop features hand crafted metal arts, art glass witchballs, jewelry and fine art originals and prints by local artists.Metalartz

Cottonways – offering a comfortable and sophisticated clothing line.

Ashley Jane’s Fashion Boutique – clothing and accessories.

Serenity Blue – Our unique selection of jewelry, accessories and gifts may be just the treasure of St. Augustine that you have been searching for.

The Beef Jerky Outlet – We are open seven days a week so come in and check out our wide variety of jerkies, big game, spices, rubs, jams and hot sauces. We also feature St. Augustine’s famous locally made Minorcan Datil pepper hot sauce.

Vino del Grotto – Boutique Wines and wine inspired gifts.

Shopaholic Plus – Clothing for women of all ages- Upscale & trendy, formal, including casual, sporty, & beachwear.

Get Your Photos on Canvas – We are a Photographic Art Gallery Located in Historic St. Augustine Florida. We are about helping you, our customers; create beautiful and lasting Art on Canvas from your photographs. Check here for a special “Construction” discount.


Chinese Herbal Foot Massage – We strive to offer you the most relaxing back massage, the most relieving foot massage, and the most enjoyable massage therapy around.


Restaurants on Hypolita Street and close by.

There are quite a few quaint shops on Hypolita Street that you don’t want to miss. We’ll list them from the West side to the East side.

The shops along Hypolita Street and Spanish Street are all open. Be sure to check them out!

The shops along Hypolita Street and Spanish Street are all open. Be sure to check them out!


Scarlett O’Hara’s offers casual dining and live entertainment every night. Sit on the porch or go inside to the air-conditioned dining area.

Next door , appropriately, you will find Rhett’s Piano Bar and Brasserie. Romantic dining in the heart of the historic district where you will find an eclectic selection of entrées, appetizers and specialty drinks

Across the street from Scarlett’s and Rhett’s you’ll find a local favorite, Schmagel’s Bagels. Enjoy the best breakfast or lunch in town while dining in or outside under the shady tree or covered patio.

Collage –  Be prepared for a first-class, award-winning experience. Here you’ll find fine wines and fresh local seafood, steaks, lamb and veal. The top rated St Augustine restaurant on Trip Advisor.

On the South side of the street there is row of shops with half of them facing Hypolita Street. The secret here is that you can enter the row of shops called The Spanish Plaza from 100 St. George Street. In here you’ll find French Fry Heaven, they are actually on St. George Street but part of the Plaza, so we didn’t want to leave them out. The Cuban Bakery and Fiesta Jacks are also located in there and deserve a look as you are shopping in the Spanish Plaza.

Across Hypolita you will also see the Columbia Restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere.

A little farther to the East on Hypolita and you find the Café del Hidalgo with great sandwiches and the most wonderful gelato in the city. You’ll need that to cool off today. And upstairs is the perfect place to people watch in St Augustine, Sangrias. They also have music nightly. Check them out.

Moving further east you’ll see Spy Global Cuisine – A modern casual fine dining restaurant that features upscale global cuisine and a trendsetting East Coast Saketini Lounge.

Next door to Spy you will find Catch 27. This is a relatively new addition to St. Augustine and the best fresh, local seafood around. Be sure to make a reservation as the locals love this place, too.

Across the street from Catch 27 you’ll find Casa Maya, another locals favorite. Healthy, Ethnic, And Eclectic eating with a south American flare. Great sangria and fantastic Guacamole. The patio is marvelous and beautiful.

Lat on on our way to the east and next door to Catch 27 is Cousteau’s Waffle and Milkshake Bar. They offer Belgian Liege Waffles and Hand-Dipped Milkshakes. OMG Good!


Mia Bain
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