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Clustered around the city's harbor on the banks of the St. Lawrence River are the quaint stone buildings and narrow, winding streets of Old Québec. This historic neighborhood (and UNESCO World Heritage site) houses some of the city's most notable attractions, including the Citadel, the Quartier Petit-Champlain and the Notre-Dame Basilica. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time here: You'll find it difficult to resist popping into one of Old Québec's artisan shops or stopping to warm up with an aromatic cup of coffee at one of the many charming cafes.
Many Québec City visitors cite the neighborhood's atmosphere as the primary draw, with many saying it feels just like being in Europe thanks to its cobblestone streets, stunning architecture and friendly locals.
Old Québec indulges visitors day and night, offering its European-esque streets up for exploration 24/7. Although you don't have to pay to wander, some of the historic sites here do charge an entrance fee. You also might want to have some cash on hand in case you start to feel peckish or a souvenir catches your eye. For more information, check out the Québec City Tourism website.
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