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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #3 of 143 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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Bloomfield, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Lots of shops, check out the mural, most restaurants are upscale and expensive in the lower town except for a bar and one diner style so pick aone in the upper town

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Birmingham, Alabama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were in Quebec City for 2 days and our hotel was in lower Quebec City. There are many antique shops to see with some unusual items. The shops and restaurants to visit. Nice area to sightsee.

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We took the funicular many times to the Lower Town to walk around, stop for a croissant and coffee. The old buildings attracted us and some of the cobble-stoned streets were a delight. So much history to keep one interested..

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Ontario
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We stayed in upper town for a week but spent a great amount fo time in lower-town. The atmosphere is one of a kind. We spent a lot of time in Place-Royals, the farmers market, viewing the water and of course, shopping and eating. Although our French is not very good, people were very tolerant and overall extremely pleasant .

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Chilliwack, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

While we were visiting Quebec City we walked into the Lower Town and walked the streets, visiting some shops and stopped for ice cream! We also went to the Museum of Civilization, which I'll review later. There is a gondola that you can take to the upper area or take it down to the lower town, which is fun. There... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is one of the best places to just walk and explore the wonderful city of Quebec! There are a lot of restaurants and shops for you to enjoy!

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Washington, D.C.
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176 reviews 176 reviews
34 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

many galleries, bars, restaurants. we enjoyed exploring the back roads, seeing how the houses now front where the river once was (which has been reclaimed for land), the little antique shops. loved as much as Haute-Ville

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The original section of Quebec City and there's history in every direction. It's beautifully kept up with cobblestone streets and the original buildings in perfect condition. There are a ton of things to do and see and you would have to visit several times to take advantage.

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Richmond, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This part was so quaint and beautiful - with cobblestone streets and so many beautiful galleries! You really have the feeling you are in Europe! A great variety of restaurants - but unfortunately not very "vegetarian" friendly!

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Grand Bahama Island
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The gently curving streets just take you on to more and more shops. There are many up scale clothing stores and souveniers galore. Check the labels for where some of these treasures are made!!!

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