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.
This most beautifully preserved area of Vieux-Québec is also one of the city's cherished shopping districts. Quartier Petit Champlain is certainly heavily thronged to and many establishments cater to the visiting hordes. There are, nonetheless, many unique boutiques to be unearthed. Quebec fashion designers are featured heavily on the rue du Petit-Champlain, including Oclan, Point de Mire, Les Vêteries and Zazou. Numerous art and crafts galleries provide everything from souvenirs to high-end housewares; well-known stores include Brin de folie and the Galerie d'Art Bégin and Pauline Pelletier. High-quality jewelry is on offer at the magnificent Pierre Vives and Louis Perrier Jewelers. The district abounds with cafes and restaurants.
Let the kids run wild with their imagination at this veritable wonderland of toys that spans 2322.6 square meters (25000 square feet). Established in 2004, Benjo is widely considered to be one of the best toy stores in the region, with an exhaustive selection that spans numerous genres and age groups. Going beyond the traditional concept of a toy store, the shop has numerous activities to pique children's curiosity. A ride throughout the store aboard the electric train is a favorite with the children. Besides this, there's a restaurant as well as a crafts corner for the kids to unleash their creativity. Check website for more.
Galeries de la Capitale is more than just a shopping mall, it is also an indoor amusement park with, among other things, a roller-coaster, bumper cars, a skating rink and IMAX Le Theatre. Over 250 stores feature a variety of women's, men's and children's clothing, accessories and jewelry. The mall is home to a few Quebec chains, too, like San Francisco, l'Officiel and Simon's, an upscale, trendy department store.
It's no secret that Quebec City, with its long history of fur trade is haven for those in love with fur products, and Les Fourrures Du Vieux-Port is one of its finest purveyors. The family-owned business has been operating for decades now and remains a staple for luxurious fur products. Choose from their extensive collection of coats, jackets, caps and other accessories. For label-enthusiasts, there's a restrained selection of designer fur coats as well. The expansive store, with warm lighting accents makes for a comfortable browse. Check website for more.
This small store in Quebec's Quartier Petit Champlain, is dedicated to showcasing marvelous creations by local sculptor Alain Flamand. Flamand, known for his detailed carvings of wood, has been delighting clients with beautiful wood-carved figurines for over 30 years. Each piece, handcrafted by Alain Flamand himself, has drawn inspirations from various sources: folklore, nature, wildlife, humans and others, but Quebec is the common theme running through all the sculptures.
A myriad of boutiques and specialty stores welcome shoppers to this picturesque street in Montcalm. From trendy fashion boutiques to popular local establishments, the street offers a truly mixed bag and lots of opportunities for unexpected delights. There's a large number of restaurant and cafes to fuel your shopping sojourn. Come evening, the streets get livelier thanks to the numerous watering holes and nightspots.
Boîte à Pain is a bakery located in the Saint Roch neighborhood of Quebec City. Their bread is made of local organic ingredients which are of a very high quality. It also has a unique taste and flavor and is long lasting in nature. The bakery also serves sandwiches and pizzas; needless to say, all baked in-house. They also serve expresso, filter coffee, hot chocolate etc and also house special desserts, which makes them a soulful bakery. Check their website for details.
All you lovers of chocolate find your way to Érico, if you want to give in to your dark temptations. Take in the many objects on display at the museum. Furthermore, learn the secrets of chocolate making and also watch a video demonstration. Then move on to the most interesting part, ordering your choice of chocolates! Home delivery is available too.
Montreal-based designer Philippe Dubuc rose to fame in the late 1990s garnering numerous accolades in the local and international fashion circuit. His eponymous boutique in Saint-Roch showcases his extremely popular menswear collection characterized by classic lines and innovative use of textures. Though the collection his heavy on black, the designs never get monotonous. The boutique interiors, done up in neutral colors, with minimalistic decor and cutting-edge lighting choices does well to highlight the collection.
One of the main streets that run through the neighborhood of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Rue Saint-Jean is lined with a fantastic array of boutiques and stores, making it perfect for a shopping-spree in the city. While the street is heavy on fashion boutiques, one can also find gems like Maison Jean-Alfred Moisan, which is one of the oldest grocery stores in North America. The ample restaurants and cafes ensure that you never run out of steam when shopping. The beautiful sights of the old town are an added bonus.