Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
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The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,375 contributions
    History and Food
    We spent a lot of time in this part of town during our stay because there are so many historical attractions here, plus some very good restaurants. There are also lots of tourists, especially when a cruise ship docks nearby. Great place for a long walk. This is where the city was originally settled.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Sebastian_FLBillmar
    155 contributions
    Awesome Get Away!
    We stayed in the lower part of town in the historic area and were happy that we decided to stay here vs in the upper part of town. There was great restaurants, shopping, accommodations, and the waterfront all nearby. When we wanted to visit "uptown", the funicular or starts were close-by. Our stay here in QC was great and it was a wonderful get away! (and PS no smoke from the wild fire in Nova Scotia).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, Texas3,911 contributions
    Make Time to See This Part of Quebec City
    Near the Port. Easy to stroll and fairly compact. Charming. French village feel. Visit early to avoid the crowds. Funicular or short, not too strenuous walk to Old Town Quebec City
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • gonnaflynow
    Berkeley, California54 contributions
    Best part of Old Quebec
    This area is much smaller than the main old city above, but it is the most picturesque part of the old city, and the least touristic feeling, with, at least for our time there, no buskers or performers and such, which populated the main old city. Easily walkable though there is the hill from the rest of the old city to walk up/down, but you could take the funicular (but it was in sporadic operation when we were there). Really lovely part of town.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia44,485 contributions
    Loved it
    Lower Town (Basse-Ville) is a beautiful part of Quebec. We spent several days here and loved the experience. This is the original Quebec and it has the olde worlde charm. Lovely streets, buildings, shops, the river, the harbour, everything.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • TERRAvelista
    London, United Kingdom17,535 contributions
    Even more full of character
    To reach the lower town you either take the funicular from the Dufferin terrace for 5 CAD one way/per person (the entrance is located inside the glass square houses right near the statue - don't forget to press on the door to access this area) with the capacity of the funicular of max 6-8 people and going every minute, reaching the old town in 1 minute. The other option is to walk all the way here, if you have the energy, and immerse yourself in more touristic attractions with lots of over prices cake shops/ice cream shops/nougaterie or restaurants and fashion shops far detached from the French or European fashion though. Cobbled streets located near the water, the ferry not far from here, a gorgeous piazza with people watching as in the style you find in most of Med countries, if you are fortunate to be here on a sunny day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
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TERRAvelista
London, UK17,535 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
To reach the lower town you either take the funicular from the Dufferin terrace for 5 CAD one way/per person (the entrance is located inside the glass square houses right near the statue - don't forget to press on the door to access this area) with the capacity of the funicular of max 6-8 people and going every minute, reaching the old town in 1 minute.

The other option is to walk all the way here, if you have the energy, and immerse yourself in more touristic attractions with lots of over prices cake shops/ice cream shops/nougaterie or restaurants and fashion shops far detached from the French or European fashion though.

Cobbled streets located near the water, the ferry not far from here, a gorgeous piazza with people watching as in the style you find in most of Med countries, if you are fortunate to be here on a sunny day.
Written October 29, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia44,485 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
Lower Town (Basse-Ville) is a beautiful part of Quebec. We spent several days here and loved the experience. This is the original Quebec and it has the olde worlde charm. Lovely streets, buildings, shops, the river, the harbour, everything.
Written October 18, 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK2,777 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the lower town a couple of times.
We took the Funicular down and the Breakneck Steps back up. There are lovely streets to explore, as well as the Musée de la Civilisation and Ferry Terminal. Much quieter than the old town at the top and fewer cruise passengers, which is always a bonus ….
Written October 10, 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A beautiful part of Old Quebec. Quaint streets, good views and great shopping. We walked here from where our cruise ship was docked at pier 22, for a day in between two back to back cruises. We had had 2 days staying in the upper town before our first cruise started, so spent most of this extra day in the lower town, enjoying the streets and doing some souvenir shopping. We love old Quebec!
Written October 5, 2023
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pramod J
Toronto, Canada169 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
This lower town is combination of modern and old downtowns of Europe. a visit worthwhile you are in Quebec. Lots of pubs and restaurants to satisfy your appetite.
Written October 2, 2023
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Moe_Ipak
United States375 contributions
Jul. 2023
You are here, have to stop by and enjoy the neighborhood. Plenty to walk and enjoy. Great for families. Bring walking shoes.
Written July 21, 2023
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gonnaflynow
Berkeley, CA54 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
This area is much smaller than the main old city above, but it is the most picturesque part of the old city, and the least touristic feeling, with, at least for our time there, no buskers or performers and such, which populated the main old city. Easily walkable though there is the hill from the rest of the old city to walk up/down, but you could take the funicular (but it was in sporadic operation when we were there). Really lovely part of town.
Written July 8, 2023
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX3,911 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Solo
Near the Port. Easy to stroll and fairly compact. Charming. French village feel. Visit early to avoid the crowds. Funicular or short, not too strenuous walk to Old Town Quebec City
Written July 5, 2023
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mdgarbaciak
Scottsdale, AZ25 contributions
Jun. 2023
Lower Quebec city is filled with history, beautiful buildings, so many restaurants, bistro’s and accommodations. The streets are very clean. Everyone is so friendly and helpful.
Written June 23, 2023
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Sebastian_FLBillmar
Sebastian, FL155 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
We stayed in the lower part of town in the historic area and were happy that we decided to stay here vs in the upper part of town. There was great restaurants, shopping, accommodations, and the waterfront all nearby. When we wanted to visit "uptown", the funicular or starts were close-by. Our stay here in QC was great and it was a wonderful get away! (and PS no smoke from the wild fire in Nova Scotia).
Written June 15, 2023
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