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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
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$45.53*
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Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour
Ranked #5 of 228 things to do in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 9, 2013

This area of Old Québec is indeed touristy but really charming and they propose artisan-type souvenirs, very unique so it has real quality to it.
You can find bathroom at the Theater.

2  Thank TravelingCat22
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This area is a definite must-see. Very crowed with tourists and trinket shops selling tee-shirts and key chains, but also quaint shops offering hand-painted silk scarves and French table linens. Cafés abound with everything from a spot to rest for a beer or sip of wine to a full meal. Although it was packed with tourists, there were plenty of tables available inside and on the terraces without waiting. The Place Royale church and museum are worth the visit.

2  Thank PatriceJ
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Full of rich history, lower town is great place to walk. Take the steep stairs from upper town or the funicular if you can't do a lot of steep stairs. Experience the waterfront with whale watching tours, or the impressive view of the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, or the Quartier Petit Champlain - a narrow pedestrian street with bistros, cafes and interesting shops. The amazing tromp l-'oeil on the side of an old building depicts 400 years of history and is quite a sight to see. The Notre Dame church is a must see. The coffee shop/bakery by the church has a few outdoor tables to allow you to take a break, enjoy a coffee and take in the immense historic surroundings.
You can spend all day in lower town.

5  Thank jetlagclubmember
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Lower-town is certainly an interesting area to walk around. Some great old buildings covered in window boxes full of flowers. For Australians the closest parallel would be The Rocks in Sydney. A wide range of shops selling souveniers, antiques and artworks - if you are so inclined you could spend a lot of money here. Make sure you take the funicular at least one way ( up or down) - we lashed out and did it both ways which saved us a long walk or a climb.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Walk farther south, then east from the funicular to escape the usual shops to find more unique galleries, a leather mask shop, antique stores, and small restaurants. We didn't take the funicular and missed the stairs, ending up walking down a cobbled road to discover this part. I finally broke down and bought an umbrella at a drug store at half the price offered elsewhere.

2  Thank indrablanco
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