Quartier Petit Champlain

Quartier Petit Champlain

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1 Rue du Petit Champlain, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 4H5 | (418) 692-2613, Canada
Quartier Petit Champlain in Quebec City
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Free, Popular with locals

This is an unmissable quarter of the city—in 2014 Rue de Petit-Champlain was named the best street in Canada. With cobbled streets, stone facades, and baskets teeming with flowers marking local shops and bistros, you'll feel like you're stepping back in time. After all, this is the oldest commercial neighborhood in North America. You'll mostly find independent and one-of-a-kind establishments lining the narrow streets. And there's also an element of artistry, since 45 of the stores and restaurants belong to a local cooperative of artisans. The winter months are equally inviting, as more that 15,000 lightbulbs zigzag between buildings, lighting the streetscape. And if you're feeling adventurous, make sure to climb all 59 of the Breakneck stairs, first built in 1635.

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