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.
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.
Step into the Maison Jean-Alfred Moisan in Upper Town to find the oldest grocery store in North America. Old melodies, playing in the background, will take you back in time. The ancient interiors of the store go back to the 18th century. Besides being a grocery store, it also functions as a museum, an antique shop and even a wine and liquor store!
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.
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.
Laurier Québec is one of the largest shopping centers in the city of Quebec and offers a plethora of options for shopping and has a wide range of stores too. One will find stores of brands such as Sears, Angela Jones, Bikini Village, Smart Set, Claire France, Vincent D Amerique, Old Navy and several others. The mall also offers over 30 food options, ensuring that spirits remain high after a day full of shopping.
A supermarket chain, Metro is located in downtown Quebec City. Just like any other mega mart, this one too has everything from a safety pin, to fresh produce of vegetables and meat. Crowded with locals, Metro is the one stop shop, for everyone in the neighborhood.
A chain of supermarkets across Canada, Provigo is like the local store for Quebec citizens to run errands. Located between the neighborhoods of Montcalm and Saint Sacrament, it lies on Boulevard René Lévesque Ouest. A convenience store, it stocks up everything from fresh groceries and bakery products, to daily essentials and household items.
A specialty food store, Morena is known to sell, some of the freshest local produce and gourmet food items. Located in the Montcalm neighborhood of Quebec City, it also features a restaurant, that serves some brilliant contemporary dishes. After you are done shopping for the cheeses, sauces and bakery products, you can relax in their restaurant and choose from a variety of delicacies on offer. Of their entire menu, the dishes like Brandade de morue, Fontina fondant, Parmigiana d’aubergine and Orecchiette ortolano stand out the most. A variety of wines, both red and white, are available to complement the menu on offer. Morena, with all its features, deems to be a great choice for casual lunch and grocery shopping.
A chain of supermarkets, this IGA store is located in the Vanier area of Quebec City. Typical of its kind, it stocks up everything from fresh groceries and seafood to bakery products and microbrewery. Open from 8a to 10p daily, it is frequented mostly by the locals of this neighborhood.
An Italian family runs Épicerie Européenne offering you everything you would expect to find in a grocery store. Come by to pick up exotic spices, special teas, coffees and much more. They also offer special crockery to go along with the products on offer, so you may engage in sipping some tea, the English way! An eclectic range of cold cuts, olives and cheeses apart from pastas and sandwiches are available for those on a road trip.
A local chain of grocery stores, IGA Alimentation has its presence throughout Quebec. This store located in Quebec City lies in the Silery neighborhood. While here, you can shop for fresh produce of vegetables and fruits, along with meat, seafood and and bakery products. Beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages also remain available at the store. Have a look at their website to know more.