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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Charming

This is the older section with more cobblestone streets and historic buildings. Lots of shops and restaurants. To me, it’s much prettier than the upper town area which is more... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the older section with more cobblestone streets and historic buildings. Lots of shops and restaurants. To me, it’s much prettier than the upper town area which is more new. Very walkable with beautiful buildings and architecture. The streets here are narrower than in the upper area. To get to upper town you can take the steps or funicular.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked down the lower town. Very charming. Lots of shops and places to eat. The store vendors were very friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I had so much fun poking around in the shops in Lower Town (Basse-Ville), Quebec. We found a wonderful wool shop, filled with yarn, socks, and other items knitted from beautiful, natural wool. There were also great gift shops and restaurants. Talented street musicians were performing beautiful music playing violins, keyboards, and guitars. Hearing the music while... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here in our hotel St. Germain. Lots of restaurant choices and preffered to hustle bustle of the upper town

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What ever you wish, romantic, fun for people watching visiting a load of boutiques and excellent place to relax and have local beer. Be patient to find parking or just go by foot. You’re beside the museum as well the port. The cruise ships par right there. Excellent restaurants at your feet.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredibly diverse architecture both of residential and commercial buildings.There are lots of stairs if you choose to walk but well worth it and great views.Locals very friendly downtown.Walk the back streets and get a real feeling of life in Quebec.Visit Benjo's Toy Store which is great for every grown up kid.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, there were plenty of tourists (including me) on a weekday: on a spring or summer weekend, one could imagine it would be even more crowded. However I looked past the tourism aspect and at the architecture of many buildings: beautiful, attractive and like a small slice of transported France. There were some cobblestones so not a place for ladies... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old Quebec City is a lovely town, and the Lower Town is the best it has to offer. Filled with beautiful architecture, great restaurants and lively pubs one could easily spend a few days strolling through and enjoying it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old town consists of the Upper Town on top of the cliff over looking the river and the lower town squished between the river and cliff face. The old town is more compact and the streets more narrow. There is a lot of charm if you can look past the tourism. This is not a place where people live... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We adored walking around the streets of the lower city! So many great shops to duck in and out of, and just a picturesque vibe throughout the entire area. Highly recommend!

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