Québec City Neighbourhoods

Sailboats at Bassin Louise, in the Old Port of Québec, with a view of the illuminated Old Québec.
Jeff Frenette Photography

These neighbourhoods are concentrated in a relatively small area, so it’s easy to get from one to the next. Safe and inviting, each has its own special vibe, with unique food, shops, and places to relax and have a good time. Just like the people you’ll meet on the streets, the city’s neighbourhoods are warm, welcoming, and tons of fun. Head out to discover the charm and beauty of each, which changes with the seasons. Never a dull moment, always a place at the table. That’s Québec City!

New! You can rent one of the e-bikes at different stations in Québec City’s central neighbourhoods thanks to the new bike-sharing service called àVélo. A handy green alternative for getting around the neighbourhoods.

Old Québec

The Historical Neighbourhood

Fully enclosed by 4.6 km of fortifications, Old Québec is like a time capsule that grows more charming with each passing year. In summer and winter, from the top of the ramparts, along the stone cliffs, on Dufferin Terrace, you’ll want to take your time and soak up the history of the place. In this maze of winding old streets set in the shadow of Château Frontenac, every nook and cranny has a story to tell.



The Bohemian Neighbourhood

Nestled between Old Québec and Montcalm, Saint-Jean-Baptiste is a foodie’s paradise. Leading out from the walled quarter, Saint‑Jean street runs the length of the neighbourhood, crossed by street after street of colourful houses hugging the steep hillside. By day you’ll find bakeries, chocolate shops, and gourmet grocery stores alongside booksellers, record shops, and independent boutiques. At night, Saint‑Jean’s restaurants, pubs, and bistros will have you out until the wee hours of the morning enjoying the great food and good times.



The Arts Neighbourhood

The crown jewel of the upper town, Montcalm always shines. At the end of sparkling Avenue Cartier rises Québec’s national fine arts museum, Musée national des beaux‑arts du Québec, with the historic Plains of Abraham as a backdrop. The surrounding houses exude gentility and grace, while alluring Grande Allée offers up a hundred and one ways to eat and be merry. Fine food, theatre, art, music, film: it’s all there, ready to quench your every appetite.



The Trendy Neighbourhood

Like a factory that runs day and night, Saint‑Roch never sleeps. This former working‑class district is now home to Québec City’s vibrant arts and technology scene. Rue Saint‑Joseph Est is the main drag: a brightly lit corridor of show venues, restaurants, furniture and décor stores, multimedia studios, brew pubs, bars, vintage boutiques, and funky bulk goods stores. It’s the multicultural fun factory where Québec’s artists and techies rock around the clock.



The Family Neighbourhood

Ahhh Limoilou, where neighbours chit chat, families fraternize, and friends stay the day. The parks are for picnicking. The walking is for talking. You can go for a run along the Saint‑Charles River or run errands on 3e Avenue. With all the bistros, cafés, specialty groceries, bakeries, and delis, it’s a party in your mouth—and on the streets. It’s hockey in the alleys and impromptu soirées on the balconies. It’s Limoilou!



The Genuine Neighbourhood

Stroll your way over to Rue Saint-Vallier Ouest and experience the emergence of Saint‑Sauveur. Saint-So, as the locals call it, is riding the wave of neighbouring Saint-Roch while retaining its local vibe. The people are laid back and fun, the streets are hip and historic, and there are legendary taverns, exotic boutiques, curiosity shops, and great little restaurants aplenty. Visit now before it blows up on your Instagram feed!


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