- Type: Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Even shopaholics can't escape this town's devotion to history. Sitting on the southeast edge of Old Québec, the Quartier Petit-Champlain is the oldest shopping district in North America and (despite its touristy nature) a great place to pick up souvenirs. Here, boutique shops and cozy cafés spill out of restored houses. And a fun fact: One of the neighborhood's houses belonged to Louis Jolliet, the guy who discovered the Mississippi River. To avoid the crowds, one TripAdvisor user recommends "either go early in the day or in the evening after dinner. This is especially the case in July and August when it can be so busy and crowded."
Make sure you save some time to climb the famous Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Stairs) or at least ride the funicular to the top to enjoy fantastic views of Old Québec.
You can explore the Quartier Petit-Champlain any time, but note that restaurants and stores feature varying hours of operation. Although you don't necessarily have to spend money to enjoy this shopping street, you might find yourself drawn to some of the souvenirs or snacks. And while the Escalier Casse-Cou is free to climb, the funicular will cost you $2 CAD (roughly $2 USD). For more information about the Quartier Petit-Champlain, visit its website.