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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Neighborhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: 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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recommend for a visit and experiment new restaurants

Many refurbished buildings make it a nice little town to visit. We got in for a coffee as it was really cold and we got an immediate "welcome". Many artisans "mode" sells their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Easy to get to from the Château Frontenac, makes for a nice stroll. I recommend walking down the stairs and getting back up with the funicular ($2.25). Some stores close early (5pm, Mon-Wed) so you might want to plan accordingly.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Many refurbished buildings make it a nice little town to visit. We got in for a coffee as it was really cold and we got an immediate "welcome". Many artisans "mode" sells their creations - not cheap but worth the walk. Many apartments available for a week-end. Recommend.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Walk down the stairs from the Chateau Frontenac-Dufferin Terasse and then walk through the shops and restaurants on Petit Champlain. At the end of the street turn left and double back to Place Royale (the oldest square in Canada dating from 1608). Continue to rue St Paul where you will find a number of antiique shops with some excellent finds... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Quebec city is one of the best places to visit without going to Europe. The lower city is one of my favorite places to visit and spend time. It was a little crowded but enjoyable. There is a sort of people mover that goes up the mountain from the lower city to the upper city and back down after you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Old world charm at its best. Walk around without a map and explore the little shops and restaurants in this little city. Do not use a map and immerse yourself into the city to fully experience the town as it was meant to be explored. We loved it!!

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Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Wonderful historic neighborhood to walk around. This area of the Old City is less crowded than the upper part, but still offers quaint little shops and restaurants. Some nestled into old stone cave-cellars. A must visit!

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Summertown, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

You could drive around Quebec city and miss out on much of the heritage. Heading to the lower town by taking the stairs might be a bit more strenuous and, unfortunately, not great for those with lower mobility. However, I find that this is a great way to really feel like you've earned the right to say that you've made... More 

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Swanton, Vermont, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The streets and shops are beautifully kept and it feels like a small European village. Just beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Old world charm is what you will find while wandering this neighbourhood. Many neat shops and restaurants to explore. Take the ferry across to Lévis for the best view of the city!

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Belfast, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

What a beautiful area of Quebec City. It reminded me if Brittany in France. Old stone buildings, cobblestones, unique shops, with friendly French -speaking locals. Loved it and will definately return. It was really nice to be able to drive to a European-like city.

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