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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is...

The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.

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Delightful stroll through these historic and magical streets.

Beautiful, quaint, and completely delightful old European town. Be sure to come back at night when the lights enchant the streets.

Reviewed 2 February 2016
Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 2 February 2016

Beautiful, quaint, and completely delightful old European town. Be sure to come back at night when the lights enchant the streets.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Basse-Ville is amazing to walk around in. It feels like you're in Europe because the neighborhood feels so old and timeless. Go walk around, and get lost in the little streets. Grab a yummy meal and enjoy feeling like you just stepped into a different time.

Thank mskim13
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

This is my second visit and we love the charm of the early city. Now there are fabulous restaurants, coffee houses, and clothing from designers of the area. Don't miss this if you come to Quebec! It is our favorite part to visit.

Thank Sharon K
St. Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Take the walk or the railway to visit the Basse-Ville if you are in Quebec City. Stroll the streets, check out the shops and stop for at one of the side walk cafes for refreshments as you watch the street scene. Very enjoyable for a casual stroll through a beautiful historic district.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

This is neighbourhood is something out of the 1600s. Narrow streets and bussling, loud, colourful shops everywhere. Busy with friendly people and excitement. Lots of interesting stuff for everyone!! Great food - either diner or desserts.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

The area was very nice to walk through with nice shops and restaurants. The ferry is also just across the street to Levi for a great view of the city.

Thank Jonathan C
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016

You can climb stairs down or walk down an incline or take the funiculaire and walk around. This is below the level of the city where the Chateau Fontenac is. The shops are small and charming or you can go along Rue St. Paul and also see shops and restaurants. Quebec is said to be the most European city in... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016

We have always stayed in the upper town -- maybe six visits over the years. Many years ago it seemed that the lower town was less sophisticated. Not so now. We are staying at a fabulous small hotel that looks out to the river. The funicular is minutes away. Sweet little streets and old buildings. Can't get any closer to... More 

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Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

This small area tucked between the cliff and the port has been rejuvenated by a group of locals who have turned it into a few short streets of local boutiques that are lavishly decorated for Christmas perfect for shopping and beautiful photographs. We visited chocolateries, clothing, bistros, sports, souvenir shops and witnessed Christmas Carolers, a beautifully costumed "French Canadien Fur... More 

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015

Close your eyes and you would swear it was Europe. Beautiful with Chateau Frontenac in the background. Cool way to spend a leisurely day walking and gazing.

Thank Baxydog

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