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“lower town”(534 reviews)
“basse ville”(82 reviews)
“art galleries”(66 reviews)
The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-692-2613
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Many gift shops and several cafes are the main attraction. Large cruise ships and modest river cruises depart from here. You canals see the iconic Chateau Frontenac from below. Particularly interesting are more than one trompe d'oeil wall paintings, and a small square of historical...More

Thank CuriousWisconsin
Reviewed 3 days ago

The lower town is a charming, European-style area which has maintained its historical character. There is a street which contains only the works of local (regional) artists. A cog rail tram takes you up to the Upper Town - I suspect you could also take...More

Thank Janae L
Reviewed 6 days ago

The lower town is a little less crowded, but not much. Proliferation of shops, galleries, restaurants. There is a terrific trompe l'oeil mural on on the side of one building that looks so real! Little park with swings to rest. Street with colorful umbrellas. Chocolate...More

Thank amyg352
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This letter area was our favorite party of the city. Seems like the merchants appreciated your business here. Go there.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a very nice place to walk around. Lots of street with restaurants, and shops. A very busy place even on weekdays. You can try some local foods here.

Thank Climber697867
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of shops selling just about everything.and less busy off the main Petit Champlain avenue or on the periphery. Great place to visit for few hours. Lots of people watching opportunities. While you are in the area take time to take the ferry across the...More

Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To get to see Lower Town. In October it was beautifully decorated and a nice area to walk around. I even found a unique souvenir T shirt. And I don’t routinely buy those.

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While all of Old Quebec is beautiful, I found the streets of Basse-Ville the most charming. Every window box was overflowing with flowers, pumpkins, clay pots... the front of Lapin Saute was one of the most original I saw (clay pots were strung along the...More

Thank amygervais
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great area to spend time exploring the cute shops, having a meal and learning the history of this original part of Quebec City. The area is well preserved and we especially loved seeing so many establishments decorated for Fall.

Thank vakamalua
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Busy with cruise liner passengers must of the time , lots of galleries with some interesting art. Had a great meal at a restaurant near the furnacular railway- Le Lapin sauté.

Thank Nigel B
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September 18, 2018|
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Response from BlanquitaMaria | Reviewed this property |
We rented a car at the airport and drove to our hotel. You may want to have a car for some day trips, unless you are planning on just staying downtown the whole time.
September 18, 2018|
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Response from hayesone | Reviewed this property |
A cab is easiest but there is fast link train as well but we used taxi it is a fixed fare
June 3, 2016|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
Don't let the rain (or snow) deter you. The city, with its narrow streets and cobblestones, and hilliness becomes a reflective canvas, with sparkles of light from many sources. It can be quite magical to be out and about.