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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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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My favorite area

I really enjoyed this part of town the most. Awesome shopping and restaurants. I would take the stairs down and recommend the funicular up. We did walk up twice but after a... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2016
Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

I really enjoyed this part of town the most. Awesome shopping and restaurants. I would take the stairs down and recommend the funicular up. We did walk up twice but after a meal or with bags it seems easier to ride! The views from lower town are pretty awesome as well!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

I have visited Quebec City numerous times and it reminds me of St. Malo in Normandy. In Winter with snow falling walking the narrow streets with its quaint cobble stone streets makes one feel you're in a "Winter Wonderland." In Summer it's just cute. Great little shops, excellent restaurants and some good haunts to party the night away. A definite... More 

Thank Billwtz
Saskatchewan, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

All aspects of Quebec are breathtaking yet overwhelming. There is so much to see, so much history to take in, so many shops and cafe's to explore but so little time! This is why I definitely need to go again!

Thank Steiner72
Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Beautiful, quaint, and completely delightful old European town. Be sure to come back at night when the lights enchant the streets.

Thank simpletraveler560
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Basse-Ville is amazing to walk around in. It feels like you're in Europe because the neighborhood feels so old and timeless. Go walk around, and get lost in the little streets. Grab a yummy meal and enjoy feeling like you just stepped into a different time.

Thank mskim13
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016

This is my second visit and we love the charm of the early city. Now there are fabulous restaurants, coffee houses, and clothing from designers of the area. Don't miss this if you come to Quebec! It is our favorite part to visit.

Thank Sharon K
St. Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Take the walk or the railway to visit the Basse-Ville if you are in Quebec City. Stroll the streets, check out the shops and stop for at one of the side walk cafes for refreshments as you watch the street scene. Very enjoyable for a casual stroll through a beautiful historic district.

Thank Gary B
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

This is neighbourhood is something out of the 1600s. Narrow streets and bussling, loud, colourful shops everywhere. Busy with friendly people and excitement. Lots of interesting stuff for everyone!! Great food - either diner or desserts.

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Reviewed 20 January 2016

The area was very nice to walk through with nice shops and restaurants. The ferry is also just across the street to Levi for a great view of the city.

Thank Jonathan C
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 January 2016

You can climb stairs down or walk down an incline or take the funiculaire and walk around. This is below the level of the city where the Chateau Fontenac is. The shops are small and charming or you can go along Rue St. Paul and also see shops and restaurants. Quebec is said to be the most European city in... More 

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