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Located at a short distance from downtown Quebec, Place Fleur de Lys is one of the largest malls across the entire city and is certainly a one-stop shop for all your shopping needs. With over two hundred stores within its premises, this shopping center has outlets of brands such as Kamasutra, Urban Planet, Normandin, Ardene, La Senza, Naturalizer, Unic, Pamela, Uniglobe Voyages Lachane and Reitmans, among several others. They have a vast food court as well, where you can catch a break in between all the shopping.
For visitors to the city looking to catch up on the happenings back home, this delightful bookstore is the best bet. On offer at Maison de la Presse Internationale, is an extensive choice of international newspapers to keep you updated. Besides this, the store also offers popular local and international magazines as well as a dainty selection of books spanning numerous genres. Standing at the intersection of Rue Saint-Jean and Rue Sainte Angele, the shop is easily recognizable thanks to its navy blue facade.
Bordered by the St. Lawrence River, Old Québec or Vieux-Québec is the historic heart of the modern day City of Quebec. Divided into two distinct parts, the Upper Town and Lower Town, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a gateway into the history of the province. The Upper Town is set atop the Cap Diamant and is the city's historic administrative and military hub. Its most iconic landmark, the Citadelle with its star shaped design is an arresting edifice while the Chateau Frontenac is a mesmerizing vision of Victorian grandeur. The Upper Town is also one of the sites of the Carnaval de Quebec, considered to be among the largest winter festivals on the globe. The Lower Town, at the base of the mount, is the livelier of the two with a bustling market and vibrant Old Port. Amid hundreds of historic buildings, tourist attractions, pubs and restaurants lie dozens of boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops and other distinctive establishments. The Church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is another of Old Québec's many treasures.
Look no further than La Boutique Artisans Canada for truly unique objects to take back home. Established in 1997, the store specializes in handcrafted arts and crafts from local artisans. Expect beautiful artisan jewellery, accessories, fur products, wood and stone carvings and more. With an ever-changing inventory of products to delight, this is one of the city's favorites when it comes to gifting. Check website for more.
Quebec's native department store has only recently branched out from this flagship location to downtown Montreal, but it remains an unique and essential stop on any shopping tour of Quebec. Focusing primarily on women's fashion, Maison Simons is broken down into various boutiques: La Guêpière sells hosiery and undergarments, formal wear, and so on. A smaller men's department shares an uncompromising commitment to good taste with many European-influenced flashes of panache. Considering the location and the quality, the prices are astoundingly reasonable.
The spirit of Christmas never fades at this boutique specializing in all things festive. You'll be transported to a magical land as soon as you step inside, with the store decked up in fairy-lights and awash with hues of red. From beautiful tree ornaments and nativity decor to gifts and one-of-a-kind souvenirs, the store's collection is all-encompassing. The store remains perennially crowded in the weeks preceding Christmas, and is one of the city's favorites to stock up on festive goodies. Check website for more.