One of the biggest draws of Old Quebec City is the shopping street, rue du Petit-Champlain, which is located in lower town.
Tiny little shops, with stone facades are tucked in along the cobblestone sliver of a street with the same little hand painted artistic signs found in Europe that swing from wrought iron hangers.
You'll find everything from souvenirs, designer clothing, chocolate, art galleries, gourmet food, kitchen and cookware, other specialty shops and cafes.
This shop is the perfect example. I love the bright two toned colors against the gray stone. Pot en Ciel is a gourmet cook's delight. Kitchenware, dishes, pots and pans, spices, cookbooks and more. I bought a few little treats here.
There is always a hustle and bustle in this area. Mostly tourists of course. But there are some wonderful stores and fun little places to eat.
The easiest way to reach it is to take the Funiculaire from Upper Town. It drops you off right on the street. And at $1.75 CAN, it is totally worth it- just for the view.
And the Chateau Frontenac seems even more majestic from the lower town vantage point.
If you round the corner and head for the rue Saint-Paul, you will find a quaint little square that looks like it was plucked right out of a tiny French country village.
And if you are looking for a quick little nosh, don't miss the Bistrot Le Pape George. Grab a table outside this cute wine bar and enjoy some local cheese and a glass of wine.
The Quartier Petit-Champlain is a great place to get lost and soak up some French-Canadian flavor for the day.