Monday, December 18, 2017
When in Québec and in need of your shopping ﬁx, you will have hard choices to make. You will have to pick a neighborhood to go shopping. We know, it’s a hard life! Of course, we would recommend that you shop your heart out in each and every one of Québec City’s unique districts, including the Nouvo St-Roch, eclectic 3rd Avenue in Limoilou and the more reﬁned rue Cartier, but as time is of the essence, you may have to choose just one.
Rue du Petit-Champlain was voted Canada’s most beautiful street for its charm, authenticity, historic cachet and emphasis on local culture.
2014 Canadian Institute of Planners
Why not visit a quintessential Québec district. USA Today did not name Québec City North America’s Best Winter Wonderland for nothing! The Quartier Petit-Champlain is straight out of a snow globe! Walking its cobblestone streets is in it of itself quite magical, but you only need to look up to see the historic architecture and one-of-a-kind boutiques where you will ﬁnd everything your heart desires.
Rest assured summer and fall visitors, the Quartier Petit-Champlain is amazing 365 days a year. Instead of maple taffy in the snow, you’ll savor maple ice cream. Sounds good? It is! You will ﬁnd in the Quartier Petit-Champlain everything from passionate artisans to kitschy souvenirs shops.
Here are our musts:
Charlevoix Pure Laine
It’s in the name: pure laine (pure wool)! And wool you will ﬁnd in this welcoming store. The staff is attentive as they are discreet, and will explain their work: recycling wool produced in the Charlevoix region, about 1 ½ hours outside of Québec City. You will ﬁnd here everything wool: socks, gloves, hats, soaps...the only thing missing are the sheeps!
Les ptits mosüs
If you’re looking for a gift for the little ones in your life, this is the place to visit. This store features wonderfully quirky and fun imported and regional products that are sure to put a smile on the face of adults and kids alike. www.lesptitsmosus.com
La boutique Amimoc
Amimoc ﬁrst started handcrafting mocassin in 1956. Its long and colorful history as brought it to the Petit-Champlain where you can visit one of two boutiques. Moccasins crafted in the same way that Native American.
You can access to Petit-Champlain, via escalier Casse-cou or the funicular. In operation since 1879, the funicular links Lower Town with the Dufferin Terrace and offers passengers a wonderful view of the neighbourhood and St. Lawrence River.
Fou du bio
Want to travel back in time all while titillating your taste buds? Fou du bio is a perfect and delicious address to visit while in the Petit-Champlain. This general-store inspired address is perfect for the discerning foodie. A few large, comfortable chairs allow you to sip a cup of tea while contemplating what to buy.
Boutique des métiers d'arts
This address is an art-lover’s dream. A perfectly curated selection of products ranging from jewelry to kitchen accessories are worth every minute you will spend in this store. Trust us, you will wander the rows and displays to discover treasure after treasure. The space is as inviting as it is beautiful. With such a diverse array of talented artisans, this is a must-stop when visiting Québec City.
This article was first published in Québec Centre Magazine, the Québec City Convention Centre’s exclusive magazine.