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“Historic and ? Snooty ?”

Upper Town (Haute-Ville)
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Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 214 things to do in Quebec City
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Owner description: The hilly section of the city known as Upper Town developed later than the original settlement it overlooks.
Woodbridge, New Jersey
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348 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Historic and ? Snooty ?”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

They are a proud community and for good reason. I would not stay in the famous Hotel Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac. I would prefer to look at it from a small hotel in the court on the Rue de la Porte. They look charming. I don't need to sleep in the bed that Paul Carny slept in.

Visited September 2013
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Marinette, Wisconsin
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“Like a visit to Paris, without the long flight!”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Quebec City is often compared to Paris in North America. I don't take issue with this, but I contend it applies mainly to the Upper Town. The Lower Town has a rural feel to it that is only found in some parts of Paris.

The Upper Town is as tourist filled as the Lower Town. It is where tour buses that would have a hard time navigating the narrow cobblestone alleys of the Lower Town drop off their passengers for walking tours.

It is also the location of what is surely one of the world's best organized tourist information center's, complete with wireless access, ATM, change bureau, tour ticket sales and excellent customer service. Look for it under the big question mark sign.

There are some excellent shops and restaurants here, and an alleyway filled with artists selling their work, which reminded me a bit of the bouquinistes' stalls that line the Seine in Paris.

Although hillier than most parts of Paris, the Upper Town has a number of streets with a distinctly Parisian feel. Rue St, Jean, for example, reminded me of a narrow Boulevard St-Germaine, with its many restaurants, bookshops and other retail outlets.

The architecture of the Upper Town is a blend of English and French, which truly enhances the continental feel here.

Don't miss Terrasse Dufferin with its magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River.

And do use the funicular to move between Upper and Lower towns unless you are either very young or in very good shape.

Visited September 2013
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Boston, MA
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“Coming along but not quite there yet”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is not soho, or nolita or anything even close...but if you want to get away from the hoards of tourists in old town..visit. Restaurants are more interesting and lower priced. Expect so see a wide mix of shops...downscale, very downscale, upscale. etc.

Visited August 2013
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Belmont, Massachusetts
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“very nice indeed”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

With everything in walking distance, this major section of Quebec City is definitely worth exploring--or just stroll the lovely European-style narrow streets lined by stone houses. Aside from historical sites, charming shops, and a wide array of fine restaurants, a visit to, and tour of, the Quebec Parliament is most worthwhile.

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Will be back”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Had to take the Hop On/Hop Off bus since my husband twisted his knee, however, it allowed us to see more than I did three years earlier on a walking tour. Really love it here, restaurants are great, going through the shops, churches etc are neat.

Visited September 2013
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