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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
+1 418-692-2613
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The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“basse ville” (81 reviews)
“art galleries” (63 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
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+1 418-692-2613
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"lower town"
in 507 reviews
"basse ville"
in 81 reviews
"art galleries"
in 63 reviews
"shops and restaurants"
in 76 reviews
"cobblestone streets"
in 72 reviews
"old quebec"
in 119 reviews
"museum of civilization"
in 24 reviews
"great shopping"
in 22 reviews
"cute shops"
in 17 reviews
"place royale"
in 40 reviews
"old world charm"
in 32 reviews
"farmers market"
in 19 reviews
"street musicians"
in 17 reviews
"cruise ship"
in 18 reviews
"european feel"
in 21 reviews
"beautiful architecture"
in 19 reviews
"maple syrup"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a little underwhelmed at first, but if you just wander around and really pay attention to the smaller details of the various buildings and the history, you’ll enjoy your time. I’d recommend making a couple different trips just to make sure you don’t...More

Thank Samndjsdad
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can enter from the riverside or stairs from the Ramparts area or the Funicular, perhaps a couple other walkways. The area is quite old and redone relatively recent. There are a variety of quality shops in addition to souvenir shops. Facing the funicular, there...More

Thank jim t
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

There are less shops and restaurants in Lower Town but still worth a visit for the historical significance. Breakneck steps to make it down are really not that bad...I did being 7-months pregnant!...but there is a furnicular cableway that you can take ($3 per ride...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Visited here with a tour group and the area is charming. Will come back when the weather gets warmer.

Thank Tyler L
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Just go to Quebec if you want to experience European influenced architecture, culture and food. Walking around old Quebec city you can appreciate the history and fantastic job they did in restoring the old buildings and architecture. There are many interesting shops and restaurants. And...More

Thank srgordo
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

A good location for a spot of shopping whilst in Quebec, with plenty of cafes to duck into to escape the wintery weather!

Thank Rosiebuds1
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most scenic and famed cities in Canada. With lots of snow there, it seemed more romantic and suitable for couples, families to go.

Thank jackychiu94
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

You can get down to the lower town from the Dufferin Terrace either by a very steep stairway or by the funicular. Either way it is a great place to visit, filled with all sorts of shops and galleries. Very charming and very quaint. Take...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Although I love Old Quebec... taking the stairs or elevator down to this area returns you to some Normalcy. Cute area to discover.

Thank Nat L
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We loved our tour of the lower town. Very interesting. They were setting up for Halloween and all the decorations were fantastic. They paint fantastic murals on the side of buildings here as well.

Thank Judy W
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Archeology101
3 June 2016|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
Don't let the rain (or snow) deter you. The city, with its narrow streets and cobblestones, and hilliness becomes a reflective canvas, with sparkles of light from many sources. It can be quite magical to be out and about.
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Response from FloridaTourist_12 | Reviewed this property |
Yes and u can take your car on it. Also there is an awesome French market for lunch several good restaurants and an amazing ice cream place. The town is call Levi. But less well spoken English on that side. No... More
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Response from CharlotteKelowna | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Old Quebec City. If you are several miles away,talk to the hotel concierge and ask for the bus number to get to Old Quebec.Once you arrived in the vicinity, don't even think of public transportation, but walk... More
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