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Petit-Champlain

The oldest commercial district in North America has a distinct European ambience and a interesting mix of boutiques and bistros.

One of the most famous neighborhoods in Québec is a picturesque collection of narrow cobblestone streets with bistros, shops and art galleries housed in old stone buildings. Shopping is one of the principal reasons why people come to Petit-Champlain. Browse the handicraft boutiques that are noted for their leather, jewelry, clothing and decorative arts.

Climb the Escalier Casse-Cou, nicknamed the “Breakneck Steps” because of its steepness. The 59 steps are wedged between two sides of a street and lead up to Côte de la Montagne. The view from the top is well worth the climb, also at night when the area becomes a sea of lights.

Spend a few minutes exploring the detail of the trompe l’oeil mural on the wall of 102 Rue du Petit-Champlain. This massive outdoor work of art illustrates important events in the district’s history, such as bombardments and landslides. Pay attention to the windows with depictions of prominent figures from Québec’s history, including its founder Samuel de Champlain. The optical illusion created by the painting makes you feel like you can step straight into the scene.

Also drop in on number 16, a restored building which was once the home of the explorer Louis Jolliet who mapped the Mississippi River. The house contains the lower terminal of the cable railway that connects the Lower Town to the Upper Town.

Petit-Champlain is tucked beneath the cliffs that support Château Frontenac. A fun way to reach the area is via the staircase or cable railway from Dufferin Terrace. The neighborhood is a pedestrianized zone and is best explored on foot. The nearest major public transport hub is Gare du Palais and city buses traverse the district. Metered parking is available in nearby streets.

You can explore the neighborhood at any time, but bear in mind that the restaurants and stores have varying opening hours. To avoid the crowds, go earlier in the day or after dinner.


Guide to Exploring around Quartier Petit Champlain


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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac ¥13,441
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Samuel de Champlain Statue and Quartier Petit Champlain. Quebec City Town Hall and Place Royale are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Hôtel Le Concorde Québec ¥7,480
    Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

    Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

    1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building, and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City Town Hall and Le Capitole are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 22 minutes by foot.

      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville ¥10,657
      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

      775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Le Capitole and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City Town Hall and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux ¥12,777
        Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux

        Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux

        8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec, QC
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Quebec, this luxury hotel is steps from Museum of Civilization, Quebec Cruise Terminal, and Old Port Quebec City. Place Royale and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Port Royal ¥11,389
          Hotel Port Royal

          Hotel Port Royal

          144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City and Place Royale. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Acadia ¥7,682
            Hotel Acadia

            Hotel Acadia

            43 Rue Sainte-ursule, Quebec, QC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ursulines de Quebec Museum, Quebec City Town Hall, and Le Capitole. Parliament Building and Quebec City Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Auberge du Tresor ¥8,748
              Auberge du Tresor

              Auberge du Tresor

              20 rue Sainte-Anne, Quebec, QC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Quebec, this hotel is steps from Musee du Fort, Quebec City Town Hall, and Quartier Petit Champlain. Old Port Quebec City and Quebec Cruise Terminal are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Manoir Morgan ¥8,748
                Hotel Manoir Morgan

                Hotel Manoir Morgan

                12 Rue Sainte-Anne, Quebec, QC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Quebec, this hotel is steps from Musee du Fort, Quebec City Town Hall, and Quartier Petit Champlain. Old Port Quebec City and Quebec Cruise Terminal are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.