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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Charming, picturesque village

Transport back in time in Lower Town! Narrow, cobblestone streets, many pedestrian-only and filled with little shops and cafes. A mix of touristy shops and unique shops with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 April 2016
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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Transport back in time in Lower Town! Narrow, cobblestone streets, many pedestrian-only and filled with little shops and cafes. A mix of touristy shops and unique shops with original artists and goods. Petit Champlain is a must-see street. Lots of art galleries as well. Architecturally, it's a gem.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

This is a very charming area of Quebec. You can start by the L,Escalier du Casse-Cou (break back staircase) which brings you to the rue de Petit-Champlain and le rue de Sous-le-Fort at the base of e Lower Town. From here, you can walk down the quaint, cobblestone streets of the area. Restored houses have been converted to boutiques, specialty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

At the base of the cliff lies the lower town. There were a couple of main shopping streets which had some cute boutiques and a few restaurants, and another area with more older buildings and the busy Place Royale with its outdoor cafes. A fun area with a lot to see - perfect for strolling. The ferry leaves from this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

Very nice place, a lot of stores to buy small gifts for everyone. You feel like you are In Spain or any other place In Europe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Loved spending a day taking i. The sights of lower town. A very European feel with gorgeous buildings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

The Lower Town is very charming. Place Royal is a little tricky to find. If you go down the main stairs and then turn left, it's in front of the small church. There is a fun, stain glass shop that actually demonstrates glass blowing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

At every turn, one can spot something worthy of a photograph! Simply beautiful!!! Don't miss this quaint, little, old style French surprise.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

If you never visited the lower town of the Old Quebec, you are missing something. This is the oldest town in America! You have all the charm of the old 1700's and 1800's buildings, now offices, hotels, pubs, restaurants and shops. You still have the old cannons facing the St-Lawrence river. You can easily spend a full day just in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Lower town is so beautiful! It has a old European feel with little shops and cafés. Definitely recommend a romantic dinner at one of the little restaurants. So happy I got to see the neighborhood in the snow, too. Find the chairs near the outdoor fireplace and do some people watching!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

It’s not a huge Town Town. Small quaint cobble stone street with neck hedge stairs, attractive houses with flowers and lights outside the house, lots of eateries and shopping options. You can get to Lower Town either thru road ways or thru cable car. Try both each way different mode and you get to experience the difference. Loved it.

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