Transformed from a once unsightly industrial area, St. Roch attracts many creative types, who've filled the district's old buildings with art galleries and stylish shops. The neighborhood is also home to one of the city's finest cathedrals, the beautiful L'eglise St. Roche, and some impressive restaurants and bars, an attractive park and public spaces add to visitors' enjoyment.
Frontenac's first-rate boutique area boasts everything you may need on a business or pleasure trip with trendy and conservative dress shops like Roots, La Maison Couturier, and La Boutique Canadian Pacifique. If you've a gift item on your mind, stop in Le Joyau du Château, Kulik Art Inuit, Tabagie or Fairmont's signature souvenir shop. The lower level also offers two eateries, the Café de la Terrasse and the Rotonde Brasserie.
It's a mall! It's an amusement park! It's...both! A shopper's nirvana, Les Galeries has over 250 stores, from major retailers to small independent boutiques. It's got the requisite food court, two multi-screen cinemas, an IMAX theater and plenty more. But it also happens to be the province of Québec's only indoor theme park, complete with rides, miniature golf, an ice skating rink, an arcade and a playground, all under one roof. Perfect for that rainy day when the kids have seen about all they care to see of the inside of your hotel!
Boasting about 100 first-class boutiques and restaurants, this ultra-modern, nine-level mall is one of the area's most popular shopping destinations, especially with locals. For leisure enthusiasts, Place de la Cité also offers a haven of sorts during the "chilly" Québec winters – a health spa and bowling alley.
This enormous shopping center, located in the Upper Town area, is a veritable shopper's paradise. With more than 125 stores, including such anchors as Zellers, La Baie, Sears and Maxi, Fleur de Lys is bound to have whatever you're looking for. Built and arranged so that it has the look and feel of city streets, this mall is a favorite shopping destination for many Québecois.
In keeping with the motto "Fashion tailored to your pleasure," Place Sainte-Foy offers a wide range of shopping options for the entire family. Anchor stores include Simons, Herren Mode, Talbots and Holt Renfrew. In addition, you'll find more than 100 specialty and boutique shops. For those unaccustomed to the Québec winters, more than 1235 weather-protected parking spaces are also available.
First-timers to Québec City adore this fascinating walk through time. Beginning at the Place d'Armes and proceeding all the way to the city gates, Rue Saint-Louis offers a variety of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés. The buildings along this bustling street are among the oldest in the city, including Maison Maillou (1736) and Maison Jacquet (1674), home of the popular Aux Anciens Canadians.
The historic Quartier Petit-Champlain, which lies in the shadow of Le Château Frontenac, is a-bustle with activity year-round. Rue du Petit-Champlain, North America's first commercial street, offers a wonderful cornucopia of quaint little cafés, galleries and boutiques, placing it high on most visitors' "to do" lists. Pause at the top of the famous Breakneck Stairs, perhaps, to snap a picture or two of Rue du Petit-Champlain as it gradually descends the side of the cliff.
Boasting about 250 stores and 30 eating establishments, Place Laurier is one of the region's premier shopping destinations. Indeed, statistics show that more than 15 million people browse through its naturally lit, palm tree-lined public spaces each year. Aside from an assortment of boutiques and specialty shops, shoppers also have the benefit of such department stores as Sears, Le Baie and the ever-popular Future Shop.
This historic stretch of Québec dates back to 1816, when the area was developed on the wharfs of the Saint-Charles River. The buildings along Rue Saint-Paul aren't quite as old as the district itself, though, because in 1906 the road was widened and many of the houses were destroyed. The street has become something of an antiques district, with more than 15 dealers within the city walls. You can find everything from antique books to Edwardian silver to 18th century country Québec furniture to Art Deco accessories.