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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 $151
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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

    Located in the city center, this Old Quebec hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Samuel de Champlain Statue, Quebec City Town Hall, and Place Royale. Old Quebec Funicular and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville $95
    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. Parliament Building and Quebec City Town Hall are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Hilton Quebec $95
      Hilton Quebec

      Hilton Quebec

      1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec, QC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Centre-Ville hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Parliament Building, Citadelle of Quebec, and Quartier Petit Champlain. Place Royale and Plains of Abraham are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Hôtel Le Concorde Québec $90
        Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

        Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

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

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

          Hotel Acadia $79
          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 Parliament Building. Place Royale and Citadelle of Quebec are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Port Royal $115
            Hotel Port Royal

            Hotel Port Royal

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

              Located near the slopes, this Old Quebec hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City, Place Royale, and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Quebec City Town Hall and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Hôtel Champlain Vieux Québec $77
              Hôtel Champlain Vieux Québec

              Hôtel Champlain Vieux Québec

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

                Located in Old Quebec, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Price Tower and Quebec City Town Hall. Parliament Building and Place Royale are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Manoir Victoria $121
                Hotel Manoir Victoria

                Hotel Manoir Victoria

                44, Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hotel-Dieu de Quebe and Quebec City Town Hall. Place Royale and Le Capitole are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 5 minutes by foot.