The Quartier Petit Champlain is located in the Old Port district of Québec City. This vibrant collection of narrow cobble-stoned streets is lined with amazing architecture and even more amazing specialty shops and cafes. In fact, one of our favorite moments is stopping for a mochachino while a musician plays nearby.
This district is most often accessed from the Dufferin Terrace by staircase or by the Funicular. Graced with a charming European ambiance, this district is enamored with artistic talent from craftsmen and merchants to artisans. With over fifty unique boutiques, bistros, and galleries, there is plenty to see and do here! In the boutiques and art galleries, delightfully unique surprises await you from Québec and elsewhere, all across the globe. Numerous galleries await your stop, including les Galeries d’Art Indien 5 Nations and La Galerie Petit Champlain.
For shoppers there are numerous high-end stores located along the streets, featuring designers such as: Transparence, Le Jardin de l’Argile, Brin de Folie, La Dentellière, Berceuse Dugal et Cie, Aux Belles de Nuit, and Marin Marine, along with numerous others! Snuggled in between the galleries and boutiques are some of Québec Ctiy’s most treasured restaurants, including Le Marie Clarisse, along with several small cafés and snack bars.
As for historical merit, this district is brimming with facts! It was named after Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Québec City, and is considered to be the oldest French district in North America. It is also the first commercial district on the North American continent! Don’t forget to stop by two of the oldest sections in Québec: Place de Paris and Place-Royale, which are also located in this part of the city.
Stroll along the narrow cobble-stoned streets and take the Casse-Cou (break-neck) stairs for added intrigue. Wedged between two buildings, these stairs will take adventurers from rue du Petit-Champlain up to Côte de la Montagne. Or visit the house of the explorer Louis Jolliet, located at 16 rue du Petit-Champlain. Built in 1683, this wonderfully restored home now houses the Funicular, which takes visitors on a ride up the hill to Dufferin Terrace, while offering a commanding view of the St.Lawrence area.
The district was really saved from devastation. In the 1990s, the houses were run down but with the help of urban renewal, it is now one of the most beautiful areas of the city