Lower Town (Basse-Ville), Quebec City

Consider riding the funicular down from the boardwalk to explore the cobbled lanes of Lower Town (Basse-Ville), a World Heritage Site since 1985. Today the town represents a popular tourist destination brimming with European atmosphere that features some of the colony's first houses with architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Small streetside shops offer artisan products and souvenirs, and museums and art galleries will familiarize you with the area's culture. Work out when and for how long to visit Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and other Quebec City attractions using our handy Quebec City driving holiday planner.
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  • Visited in October to avoid the crowds and enjoy the autumn weather. Lots of cafes and restaurants, love the cobblestone streets. Easy to wander down from the Upper Town didn't take the funicular, jus...  more »
  • I was really looking forward to old town Quebec and it is very nice, but quite small and totally dominated by tourist shops.  more »
  • The whole feel of Lower Town is so different from anywhere else I have been. I am going to France in the spring and many other reviewers say Lower Town is just like being in France. Just take your tim...  more »

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Most accommodations cluster on the west side of the St. Lawrence River, with the city's split-level old town offering the widest range of options and best access to top attractions. Stay in the upper town to be close to the castle and enjoy views over the river. What the lower town lacks in panoramas, it makes up for in historic charm and access to riverside cafes and restaurants. If you want a less-touristy experience, consider the up-and-coming neighborhood of St. Roch, whose cafes, bars, restaurants, and artistic spaces make it an alternative traveler's paradise.
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