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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #3 of 146 Attractions in Quebec City
Type: Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed exploring the very pretty Basse-Ville - very pedestrian friendly, but not necessarily for wheelchairs. We could not figure out whether or not a person in a wheelchair could use the funicular connection to Upper Town. I think there are steps on both sides. Perhaps another reviewer can check this out. There are more souvenirs than you will need... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Spent an evening wondering around looking at shops and it felt like you were in a different place. Each shop had Christmas decorations up, and not tacky, gaudy decorations. Woodsy and elegant and it was the most wonderful atmosphere! Found a lovely restaurant to have a nice supper and couldn't' have had a more pleasant night. I suppose only a... More

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Kitchener, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Lower Town is not as crowded as Upper Town, and provides a greater sense of what it must have been like to live there hundreds of years ago. The shopping is perhaps not as good as in Upper Town, but there is more variety in nice little cafes and restaurants in Lower Town.

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ft myers
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Hopefully in off season, you can get around, and the stores want you in A bar in one of the first buildings is a special place to sit with a cold beer and just imagine the traders bringing in the pelts, the upstairs would have been offices an then living on the top of this very cool 250 year old... More

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253 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

It was a beautiful day and after exploring Upper Town, we walked to La Citadelle and then down to Lower Town via the stairs. The lanes are filled with tourists from the cruise liners (there were at least 3 in port during our visit), but the atmosphere of the shops and cafes/restaurants was endearing. We visited the church in the... More

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Woodbridge, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Getting down there by cable car was a slight pain but worth the trip and price. Very lovely area with shops and places to eat. We got to walk up near the Queen Mary II that was docked nearby.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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158 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Lower Town in Quebec City is both interesting as well as educational. There are various attractions from art galleries to museums and even farmers' market to visit. In order to see each section without retracing back, it is best to plot your path and covering the sections of your interest then tie them into a loop. In that way you... More

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Took the tram down to lower town one afternoon, and even though it poured buckets, its was one of the loveliest little walks around. It feels like you're in Europe. Little shoppes, string lights overhead, beautiful little cafes and chocolate shops. You'll love it.

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155 reviews 155 reviews
52 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Lower Town is a must visit on a trip to Quebec City. Enjoy the lovely shops with the hand crafted wares, there are great restaurants, nice little pubs, old building, museums -- it's got it all!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Nice place to wonder around. Outdoor art, frescos. Cute shops that are geared toward the cruise ship crowd. If you wonder in the direction of the Old Port Market, it gets more local and less touristy.

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