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Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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The hilly section of the city known as Upper Town developed later than the...

The hilly section of the city known as Upper Town developed later than the original settlement it overlooks.

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Great shopping and dining.

We spent a lot of time here during our 4 day visit. Plenty of unique and interesting shops and terrific restaurants and cafes all around. A very warm and inviting atmosphere and... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2017
Glenn C
Rodney, Canada
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Rodney, Canada
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We spent a lot of time here during our 4 day visit. Plenty of unique and interesting shops and terrific restaurants and cafes all around. A very warm and inviting atmosphere and merchants are quite friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

1 Thank Glenn C
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

My 1st destination was Upper Town (Haute-Ville) ~ the political, educational, & religious nerve center of both the province & the country during much of the past 4 centuries. No other place in Canada has had so much history passing through such a small spot. Hard to imagine it was a barren, windswept cape when Samuel de Champlain decided to... More 

3 Thank ChanEvan
Weston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Just walking around the Upper Town makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. The Chateau Frontenac dominates it all, with loads of churches, squares, restaurants, shops, and charming old (authentic) buildings all around. Feels like visiting France without the jet lag!

1 Thank pjfrommass
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Fun to walk along St. Jean Street, eat at the Erico chocolate shop (try the amazingly rich and thick Decadent hot chocolate), eat at the Hobbit, and shop at the J.A.Moisan grocery store.

3 Thank travelingtexan23
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Just walking around is great fun on a snowy day, watchin the calèche strolling by and people struggling with the snow and ice to get up the hill.

2 Thank battementdaile
Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

You will never run out of good places to eat and shop. Also it is close to churches. No need to have a car. It is extremely walkable.

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Newagen, Maine
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

Chateau Frontenac is in Upper Town, along with many other hotels and restaurants. The Terrace along the front of the Frontenac is an ideal place to walk in the evening, or any time of day. Beautiful views over the river. Elevator right outside the big hotel takes you down to the Lower Town with more shops and art galleries.

2 Thank hmeserve2016
San Francisco
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

This part of Quebec City, busier than Lower Town, is just lovely and walkable (with hills). So many things to do, from historical sites to lots of shopping and many quite good restaurants. The locals are friendly, even with traditional French, and there are many local artisans who put out beautiful quality goods. I even ended up having some things... More 

2 Thank Scott B
Burlington, VT
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

This old world city is a charming and lively place as well as a World Heritage site. Much history of Canada here as the site of de Champlain's home base, the battle of the Plains of Abraham for rule in Quebec, and the culture of the Quebecois. We loved the restaurants, the boardwalk overlooking the river and Lower Village, the... More 

3 Thank sunergyvt
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is the newer section so you don’t get the same feel as the lower town. It was fun to spend the day just wandering around and checking out all the shops and sites.

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