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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #3 of 139 attractions in Quebec City
Type: Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
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Potsdam, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most interesting places to visit in North America, brimming with Old World charm. The buildings, walls, tunnels, forts, and streets date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, and are perfectly maintained. It is so pristine one feels as if it were a movie set, but it is real. They must scrub the cobblestones when... More

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Suburban Philadelphia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
19 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This area, located at the base of the funicular and close by the St. Lawrence River, is an attractive area of shops and restaurants. The cobblestone streets can get crowded, especially when the cruise ships are in port. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant place to spend part of a day.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is the oldest part of Quebec City. Charming old stone buildings, cobble streets. Lots of shops and restaurants to see. Many antique shop along St Paul. Merchants are friendly, farmer market has lots of interesting and taste treats. This area is flatter than the Old City so it is easy to walk. The restaurant bistros try a little harder... More

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philadelphia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
38 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

There are many high end galleries and low end gift shops in this picturesque portion of the old city. Streets are often teeming with visitors so it can become very hectic.

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Washington Township, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Easier walking than the Upper Town, but leave your heels in the suitcase, as cobblestones abound! Galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, boutique hotels, antiques, lots to see. I hope to return to explore more!

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took the tram down from our hotel to the lower town. This is the place to shop and view- near the port as well. Lots going on and visual eye candy to boot! Interesting architecture, history, and shopping. Lots of street performers making the walking enjoyable. Lots of cafes and pubs- we found an ice cream shop and tried... More

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Dodge Co., Wisconsin
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92 reviews 92 reviews
49 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This area is chock full of great restaurants, shops, and galleries. You can easily spend a half day or more here dining and browsing. If you like antiques make sure to stroll down Rue St. Paul.

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Knoxville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is the oldest part of Quebec City. Charming old stone buildings built before George Washington was President. Lots of shops and restaurants to see. This area is flatter than the Old City so it is easier to walk. It was crowded when we were there.

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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123 reviews 123 reviews
51 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a great part of the city to walk around after your legs are tired from climbing all the hills or Walking lots and lots of stairs- both things Quebec City is known for. We walked around this area after taking a 90 minute tourist cruise on the St. Lawrence. There are many restaurants and shops, some even have... More

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knoxville
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a pleasant little place with nice restaurants,interesting art shops, and a variety of fascinating spots. Be sure to take the ferry across the river and back.

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