The Best Shopping Spots

 Several people walk in the evening on rue du Petit-Champlain, covered with snow and decorated with many illuminated trees.
Francis Gagnon

From shopping malls to little art and craft boutiques, there are tons of local shops in Québec City just brimming with great finds. Québec City makes it easy to bring home a souvenir with a unique story. Around every corner, there are local shops and unique places full of great gifts. Here are the top 5 spots to shop in Québec City.

  • 1

    Petit-Champlain Street

    Meet artists and artisans and explore the local shops along Rue du Petit‑Champlain, voted Canada’s prettiest pedestrian street. It’s also one of the oldest shopping streets in North America.

  • 2

    Place Royale and Old Port

    Find a piece of history to take home with you from the art galeries and antique shops around Place-Royale and in the Old Port. You’ll want to take the time to browse the inviting boutiques full of objects from times past and to see the varied works exhibited in the galleries: paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more.  

  • 3

    Inside the City Walls

    Make a smart addition to your wardrobe at the very first Maison Simons store, a Rue Saint‑Jean institution for over 100 years now. If you prefer the company of painters, photographers, and other visual artists, Rue du Trésor is like an outdoor art gallery in summer.

  • 4

    Rue Saint-Joseph

    Rue Saint-Joseph in Saint‑Roch is popping. Join the locals for a craft beer or pull up a chair at a roastery to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Try some of Québec’s culinary specialties at one of the neighbourhood’s many beloved restaurants, or pick up anything that’s missing from your pantry.

  • 5

    Avenue Cartier

    People love Montcalm for its friendly vibe and the charm of Avenue Cartier, where the oversized lampshades add a touch of artsy whimsy. Cozy restaurants, fabulous patios, eclectic shops, multiple services, and the indoor market round out the offer on the neighbourhood’s main street.

  • 6

    Rue Saint-Jean

    Rue Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean-Baptiste is the Québec City street for gourmet treats, culture, and joie de vivre at every corner. There are boutiques, entertainment, concert venues, a library, a bookstore, a record shop, restaurants for every budget, and more. A real gem.

  • 7

    3e Avenue

    Limoilou may just qualify as Québec City’s hippest neighbourhood. Shop along 3e Avenue, grab a coffee from one of the many roasters, and savour it along the banks of the Saint Charles River.

  • 8

    Le Grand Marché de Québec

    Le Grand Marché de Québec is the new foodie’s paradise, the place to pick up delectable goods from local producers. Follow your nose to specialty boutiques, treat yourself with ready-to-eat dishes, attend a Grand Marché workshop, or stop at the technology exhibition to bone up on the latest discoveries in agricultural and food science. This is a wonderful place to pick up the ingredients for a local feast and nurture your culture and creativity!

  • 9

    Épicerie J.A Moisan

    Experience a blast from the food past at Épicerie J.A. Moisan on Rue Saint-Jean, the oldest grocery store in North America. A perpetual favourite with locals and visitors to Old Québec, this grocery store is bursting with local and imported fine foods. You’ll also find a selection of prepared meals you can take out or eat on site in the laid‑back café section of the store.

  • 10

    Île d’Orléans

    Keep some space in your basket and make a beeline for Île d’Orléans, the island just minutes from Québec City where you’ll meet talented producers and artisans passionate about their terroir. The whole island is simply charming. Stop in a vineyard, pick up some goodies at a fruit and vegetable stand, taste fine foods prepared locally, or simply admire the scenery as you drive around the enchanted isle along the main road. With all that fresh air, you’re sure to work up an appetite! 

  • 11

    Galeries de la Capitale

    If you like to play and shop, Galeries de la Capitale is the place for you. It’s home to Eastern Canada’s biggest indoor amusement park, tons of stores, and the new Galeries Gourmandes food market. Shopping just got a whole lot more fun.

  • 12

    Laurier Québec

    Québec City has something for every shopper. From high fashion to everyday items, you’ll find everything you need in the few kilometres of stores running from Laurier Québec to Place Sainte-Foy by way of Place de la Cité. Laurier Québec has the most shops in one place in Eastern Canada, with an impressive range of styles and products: fashion, beauty, specialties, gifts, and more—it’s all there, at everything from microboutiques to big box stores. One thing’s for sure: you won’t leave empty‑handed.

  • 13

    Place Sainte-Foy

    Need an outfit for a special event, stat? Look no further than Place Sainte‑Foy. With its unique boutiques and distinctive high‑end fashion offerings, you’ll be the belle (or the beau) of the ball.

  • 14

    The German Christmas Market

    The German Christmas Market is the perfect place to do that last bit of holiday shopping. You’ll find all kinds of unique gifts, from clothing to accessories to gourmet greats. Plus you’ll get to warm up with traditional food and drinks.

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    Nearby, the lights, decorations, and snow on the little evergreens make the Petit-Champlain feel like a fairytale come to life. Truly, this pedestrian street is never prettier than in winter.

  • 16

    Boutique de Noël

    If you like Christmas, you’ll love the Christmas store, which is as magical as they come. Open all year round, it’s full of the joy and wonder of Christmas, as well as lovely decorations to spruce up your tree and liven up your home.

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Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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