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Québec City is possibly the most European city in North America, and that is especially reflected in its shopping. The Vieux Port (Old Port) area is one the most thriving and diverse commercial areas in the city. This area was one of the leading ports in Canada until about a century ago, and its merchant heritage lives on.
There are several major malls in Quebec. Laurier boulevard has the greatest concentration of retailers in eastern Canada. Laurier Québec is the second largest mall in Canada after West Edmonton Mall. You'll find most major chain stores, including Future Shop, Best Buy, Sears and Hudson's Bay Company. Laurier's free shuttle bus is in operation from mid-May to mid-October. Nearby, stylish Place Ste-Foy contains prestige shops like Holt Renfrew, local champion Simons, jewelers Birks, Zara, as well as international brands such as Lacoste or BCBG. The very large Galeries de la Capitale mall features an indoor amusement park that includes an IMAX theater, a skating rink and some children's rides. One needs a car to reach Galeries de la Capitale, while Laurier Québec and Place Sainte-Foy can be reached by city buses (from the Old Town # 11 and MetroBuses # 800 and 801). Also not too far from downtown is Place Fleur de Lys, with a more limited choice of shops.
Simply getting out and exploring places like Old Québec and the Vieux-Port will introduce you to a number of other shopping options, from souvenirs to boutique items, art galleries to local delicacies and bakery items, and much more.
-- OLD QUÉBEC, Upper Town :
Mostly in the neighbourhood called Faubourg St-Jean-Baptiste , colorful and extra-muros, west of Dufferin, outside the walls. The references numbered 1 through 6 are all located in this neighbourhood, and all on St-Jean St . :
1. About 3 blocks west of Dufferin, on the northern side of the street, there is a small grocery store, part of a chain, named Intermarché, at 850 St-Jean St.
2. Nearby, on the south side of St-Jean St, J.A. Moisan , mentioned above in the 'Old Québec (Upper Town)' section, has been a grocery store since 1871. ''General store'' type, selling delicacies, cheeses, breads, fine pâtés and cold cuts, oils, mustards etc.
3. L'Épicerie européenne, owned and operated by an Italian family. Cheeses, cold cuts, choice of olives, pastas, coffee, etc. Yummy take-out sandwiches made to order right in front of you.
4. Across the street from L'Épicerie Européenne: Le Paingruël at 375 St-Jean St, is a small bakery with a wide variety of organic breads and a few pastries. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Opens at 6AM
5. Chocolate lovers will not want to miss Choco-Musée Érico, at 634 St-Jean St, in the same neighbourhood. You may learn, eat on the premises, and even treat yourself with a steaming hot spicy chocolate, the drink Mayas enjoyed a long time ago...
6. There is a health food store co-op in the same vicinity, Le Crac and La carotte joyeuse ('The Merry Carrot') — organic veggies, cheeses, dried mushrooms, specialty breads, vitamins, books, cosmetics, etc.
7. On Couillard St, between Café Chez Temporel (#25) and the independant youh hostel Auberge de la Paix, there is a nice small grocery store
8. On Côte du Palais St, Upper Town (near the McDon. on St Jean St and across the street from the hospital) there is a small grocery store
9. At the foot of Côte du Palais (where the Hôtel-Dieu hospital is — incidentally the oldest hospital north of Mexico!), is the Marché du Vieux-Port, a very popular farmers' market , open four seasons (with a special Christmas market). See link above, under ''Other options (...) St-Paul st''
10. Within a walking distance from the Marché du Vieux-Port / Farmers' Market, on Charest St (Lower Town), there is a Métro supermarket. The biggest grocery store in these 10 options.
Although it is true you may buy some wines in grocery stores througout the province, they are substandard quality and you will need to add taxes to the announced price - buying wine in those stores should be a last resort since there are much bettter options at SAQ ( Société des Alcools du Québec) stores. These stores also sell liqueurs and spirits. There are 3 of them in or near the Old Town :
Lower Town , :