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  • Brad P
    Riverside, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but beautiful location
    Charming place! We wondered how long to give to seeing Old Quebec going into our visit. For us, 2 1/2 days was sufficient. We did not do any tours but walking through the streets, sampling the restaurants and shops visiting the famous water fall just outside of town and driving through the Plains of Abraham all in that span was more than enough time for our family of three. It is a wonderful place but not as expansive as the entire city
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Cathy G
    Clinton, Massachusetts334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful area that feels like Europe
    My first time in this area with a bus tour. The Old town Quebec area was like being in Europe, especially seeing the little street with colored umbrellas hanging across the street. So many good places to eat, shop and the Funiculare was a fun way to avoid a lot of steps. We had to experience the Fairmont Hotel Fontanez which is the huge hotel on top of the hill. Just beautiful even though we only made it to the lobby. Our restaurant we enjoyed in Old town was a small pub on Rue du Cul de Sac and called Q-De'Sac Resto Pub. Their onion soup was awesome and wood fired pizza. Burgers were hand formed and delicious with onion rings they served with HONEY which we had never had- but pleasantly surprised how good they were. Our server, Marylou, was friendly, accommodating and even though the 2nd time we went she was acting as bartender too, she made time to come and talk with us (she remembered us from day before.)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Sonluvr
    Columbia, Maryland80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and romantic
    Such a beautiful town. We walked all over the area for two days, upper town and lower. Be prepared for LOTS of steps if you venture down to the lower town. Upper town has the views and some breezes that helped with the humidity. Everyone was so friendly and more than willing to speak English for those of us who struggled with our high school French!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • springbank
    Greve, Denmark3,867 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Packet in like sardines
    Old Québec is the only walled city in North America and is carefully preserved as a World Heritage Site. The quarter is divided into two parts: the Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and the Upper Town (Haute-Ville). The district contains many of Québec’s oldest and most significant buildings, many of which date from before 1850. There is a strong French atmosphere here. My disappointed is that most of the commerce appeals to tourists that aren’t really interested in local history and culture. I found the city too crowded and people very pushy. Yes, Québec City’s streets can really get packed with tourists, especially in the upper and lower towns. There are a lot of walking up and downstairs and hills so wear prober clothing and shoos. Anyway it was a nice visit and despite it feels like high season sale with crowded streets, like sale around Christmas or Black Friday.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Tania L
    Toronto, Canada54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNESCO site not to be missed!
    The oldest preserved fortification north of Mexico and a UNESCO heritage site, Old Quebec is a must see. You'll find old cobblestone streets, little passageways and plaques commemorating the history. The dufferin terrasse in front of the Château Frontenac and latin quarter are highlights. Such a beautiful place to spend a few days. There is paid parking within the walls near the château frontenac, which we found very convenient.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • the4rustys
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We will be back!
    We enjoyed the charm of the city with all its architecture and charm. Each section offers its own vibe/style. From shopping in a variety of store fronts, admiring murals, cobblestone paths/roads, and a great selection of restaurants. Tip…look for restaurants off the beaten path not just the ones in plain sight, like Le buffet d’antiquaire. There is a bar in the heart of old port (across from Cafe La Madison Smith). This is the perfect place to sit with a bottle of wine and people watch. Glass blowing at Les Trois Corbeaux is a fun experience. They are friendly and the gentleman there is a great patient teacher who guides you through the process as you make your own glass ball. Staying at hotel manoir d’auteuil has friendly staff and is located in the perfect spot for easy access to upper and lower Quebec. It is close enough that you can go back to your quiet room for a rest, washroom break or to drop off your shopping. Our room was located in an outdoor spot where we had access to our room without going through the hotel itself.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • MrsDonnaW
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit
    Old Quebec is a beautiful part of the city. Some of the architecture is stunning and the art - like the mural - is brilliant to view. If you are not feeling energetic, there is a furnicular you pay $5 to go up from the Old Town, rather than climb a lot of stairs. There are also more touristy shops than you can shake a stick at. You can also take a relaxing river cruise from across the road. It can get very crowded as it is very compact - in places is reminds me of the Shambles in York, UK. Lovely place to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Anuj Srivastava
    Chicago, Illinois867 contributions
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    Beautiful Historical Old City that you will love to walk around !
    Historical town with lot of monuments and attractions to enjoy. We spent almost two full days walking around the Old Quebec City and stopping at various eateries for lunch and dinner. Not very crowded and lot or parking options if you want to park your car some where.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Bet543210
    251 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Cutest
    I was blown away by this quaint, historic town! Originally, I had zero interest in visiting here on our New England road trip but I am so glad we planned it. Quebec City ended up easily being my favorite part of our trip. We stayed a mile away in a different district so we actually drove and parked in a garage in the morning. Spent our time shopping, lunch in umbrella alley, tour of the citadel, rode the funicular, ice cream at the Fairmont. Everything was dreamy and the kids loved it too. I would go back in a heartbeat!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Peter R
    Toronto, Canada225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    Old Quebec is lively, safe and genuinely feels like being in Europe. Near the waterfront also. Lots of restaurants with really good food, lots to see and lots to do around the city and countryside. Spent a wonderful 4 days based in old Quebec and would highly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
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copejenney
Carlsbad, CA450 contributions
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Jan 2020
I traveled during winter so it was a bit frigid but still nice to walk around--be sure to layer up. Extra breezy once you reach Saint Lawrence river but walk down or take the funicular to the oldest part of the city. You will be glad you did!
Written 19 January 2020
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Justin
Clinton, MA87 contributions
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May 2019
There is no place in North America that feels more European than old town Quebec City. The buildings, shops, restaurants, and overall culture here just makes you feel like you are in Europe. Take the time to walk up and down the different streets, explore the beautiful parks, marvel at the statues, and of course admire the Chateau Frontenac
Written 17 February 2020
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173suzanner
Scituate, MA18 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
We were fortunate to have a New Year’s visit that was relatively balmy at 0 Celsius or about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. This allowed us to walk all over this magnificent city. Fabulous! Children were sledding with their parents, visitors queued up to take a toboggan run. There were outdoor vendors selling “sugar on snow”. Quebec in winter is just magnificent.
Written 5 January 2020
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Nicole MF
Kansas City, MO120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Very picturesque and like a storybook. What makes it so cute and like a step back in time, is also why some people should avoid this part of town. Very hilly, lots of cobblestone and uneven streets. Steps to get into every single business. It gets very crowded when the cruise ships come in so you need to get reservations to eat at any restaurant. Most people do speak English in the old Quebec part and most menus have English underneath the French. Ubers are hard to find if you want to go somewhere not in walking distance. Every time we ordered an Uber, it was a 15-20 min wait.
Written 11 October 2022
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VoyageVoyage
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
What a beautiful city. Just walk around and enjoy the old stones, the charm of this romantic city. Don’t visit only the part of the city inner walls, go on St. Jean street outside the walls to discover boutique and restaurants that area very different than the chain stores that we see everywhere.
Written 23 January 2021
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asiecom
Ottawa, Canada126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Even after a good number of visits over the past decade, there’s always something new to discover, be it a new road, or the relatively new Quebec Museum of Fine Arts. And of course, the multiple choice of walks on the famous Plains of Abraham and its surrounding. It was the first time in years, I was there during the summertime. How pleasant was to wander the streets, and enjoy the view over the St.Lawrence River. I would definitely recommend to venture outside the downtown core and discover some interesting neighborhoods and restaurants. If you happen to visit Quebec City over the next few weeks, both Picasso at the Museum of Fine Arts and Maya at the Museum of Civilization worth the trip.
Written 15 August 2021
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Nancy C
Los Angeles, CA251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Quebec City in the summer was undescribably amazing. I fell in love with it in the first minute. Those who say it is like being transported to France are exactly right. The older part of the city is built on a hill with quaint cobblestone streets and buildings up to 500 years old! Being there felt like a dream. I suspect it is only the harsh winters there that keep the tourists from staying forever.

The streets are steep and the sidewalks are narrow. If you have recently had knee, leg or hip surgery, this may not be the year for you to visit Old Quebec. As an overweight 58 year old with achey knees, the many hilly streets were a challenge, but somehow I made it, and it was worth it. I found myself taking photos at every turn -- something I haven't done as a traveler in a long time. Each street, each shop, each historic site, was more exciting or beautiful than the last.

Take a walking tour, a bus tour and a boat tour if you can, in that order. There is so much history to learn, you will be overwhelmed and need to hear things again. Most people you will meet are bilingual, but some familiarlty with French will definitely help you navigate through town.

There is a museum in the basement of the Hotel Frontenac which is completely free. Check it out.
Written 31 August 2021
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TERRAvelista
London, UK18,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My first time in Quebec city during our 3000km driving trip all the way to PEI and old Quebec city is truly a gorgeous place with many architectural influences left by the British in a true European style. Most surely we will be back due to finding it so romantic and 'calm' similarly to the towns of Seville or Venice when most of the tourists are gone.

We arrived here mid September and were fortunate to have some very nice, sunny weather. We managed to find all the turns via my mobile google satellite view (as we drove from the western part of the city where they still build massively) where we also found some good parking, underneath a building off rue Saint Louis for around 22 CAD/day in a special designed multi level parking space: you cannot simply park on the cobbled streets so research this in advance and yes, parking is expensive here, just like everything else.

All is walking distance, make sure you have non slippery flat shoes or at least wedge shoes, as I tend to wear (I learned this the hard way after cutting my ankles on the cobbled streets of Santorini, however sporty I am) and plan in advance what you want to visit. Most of the indoor places of interest have an entrance fee, except the Notre Dame cathedral (Notre Dame in Montreal is around 18 CAD if I remember correctly, by contrast) and I will be writing reviews about everything worth visiting. I hope this helps in organising your day.
Written 29 October 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
As this is the only walled city in the Americas north of Mexico, they have managed to preserve the European character of Old Quebec. That gives this city a certain European charm that Montreal just doesn't give, let alone any North American city.

Lots of small (but expensive) businesses within the walls and at the lower part of the old city, there are a lot of souvenir shops as well. The core is very walkable and parking is hard to find, so we have parked in a building just beside the provincial legislative building.

I'm glad that this site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it deserves that designation. We will always keep on coming back. This city is beautiful in spring, summer, fall, or winter.
Written 21 October 2022
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big_g047
Vaughan, Canada29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Quebec City is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and for very good reason. It is historically rich in architecture, culture, food and tradition. If you enjoy walking you will be pleasantly rewarded with discoveries such as the iconic Chateau Frontenac, the gates which outline the once walled city, the vast boardwalk of the Dufferin Terrace, the artists selling their goods on Rue de Tresor, the Augustine Monastery of Hotel-Dieu and much more. Take advantage of the City Food tours for a sampling of the local cuisine or just enjoy yourself at the many restaurants. There is much more to enjoy at this "must see" North American city with so much European flavour.
Written 14 April 2020
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