15 Unique Destinations for a Buy-Local Experience

Annie Lafrance
Annie Lafrance
Published on February 22, 2023
Rue du Petit-Champlain
Jeff Frenette Photography

As you explore Québec City’s shopping districts, watch out for these gems. Each has their own style and signature and carries oodles of products designed or made in Québec, from one-of-a-kind fashions to home decor.

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    Owner Michelle has an eye for style, as you’ll see from all the gorgeously designed, hand-picked items on offer at her boutique on Avenue Cartier. Among the local brands you’ll find here are candles and natural cosmetics from La Vie Apothicaire and posters by local illustrators.

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    The mother–daughter duo at the helm of Ivy is always on the lookout for fresh new finds from brands based in Québec and elsewhere. Browse a selection that includes Blush lingerie, easy-to-wear fashion staples from Montréal’s very own DEX, and gently used accessories.

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    Jupon Pressé

    You’ll find this long-time favourite, fondly referred to as Jupon, in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood. Locals in the know flock here for fun and funky threads. Each season the two fashion-forward owners source the best casual dresses and feminine attire from Québec brands such as Eve Gravel, Birds of North America, and Valérie Dumaine. Hot tip: Jupon also carries those Gibou headbands everyone is wearing, as well as BKIND cosmetics.

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    Cœur de Loup

    This cute little shop doubles as the headquarters for its namesake brand, which has been going strong for over a decade. Chat with womenswear designer Nathalie Jourdain as you shop her collections for that special, made-to-measure dress or flirty and feminine piece, all of which are 100% made in Québec City.

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    Accro cuisine et dépendances

    Need something for the kitchen? Look no further than Accro, a haven for the home cook where attentive staff will help you find just what you need. Our favourite local finds? Wooden cutting boards and vegetable choppers from Le Richer. There’s even a select range of gourmet foods. It’s safe to say we’re obsessed.

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    Zozo et Arty

    This concept store in Saint-Sauveur is a hit with local families—and the entire city. Shoppers love the fine selection of toys and organic care products for children, many of which are made in Québec or according to eco-friendly principles.

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    Caméléon Designer

    For quintessential Québec fashion, head to Old Québec. Caméléon Designer is a fabulous shop full of colourful and stylish finds. The store carries pieces from its own womens label as well as other Québec and Canadian brands, along with works by local artists and painters. Well worth a visit.

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    Artisans Canada

    Looking for a store dedicated to all things artisanal? Artisans Canada is that store. Surprise! Get ready to discover a wide variety of clothing, home decor, and accessories by Québec and Canadian creators, including Harricana’s Canadian Hat line. So good!

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    Ça va de soi

    Nestled along picturesque Rue Saint-Jean is Ça va de soi, a small, friendly boutique known for its high-quality knits. The Montréal family that owns the place has been reinventing knitwear for 30 years, with a nod to the slow fashion movement. A shopping experience with a chic European vibe.

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    Boutique des métiers d’art du Québec

    For a dizzying selection of local designs, head to Boutique des métiers d’art in Place Royale, a favourite historic site among visitors and locals alike. It’s a treasure trove of items by renowned Québec artisans, all members of the province’s council of professional artisans, Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec. From jewelry to woodwork to leather goods, everything is lovingly crafted and artfully displayed. It’s the perfect place to find a special gift or treat yourself!

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    Atelier La Pomme

    Atelier La Pomme has been a Petit-Champlain mainstay for more than 40 years. The boutique features the collections of some 40 Quebec makers. Looking for a fun dress, that special purse, or a locally made hat? It’s all here.

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    Le Blanc Mouton

    Le Blanc Mouton in the Petit-Champlain district is a well-kept secret among locals. For more than 40 years, this family-run business has designed its own womens clothing label. Back in the day, even the mohair used to make the clothes was woven by hand. The store and collection have skewed younger in recent years, for a distinctly mother–daughter vibe. There’s also a huge selection from other Québec designers.


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    Fun fact: Martino shoes have been made exclusively in Québec City for over 60 years. The style of every Martino design is utterly on point, while the quality could only come from expert local shoemakers. Step inside the light and bright store to see the company’s flagship product, the moccasin. It comes in more than 30 colours, with or without a sole, lined or unlined. Find yours!

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    Les ptits mosüs

    Welcome to Les ptits mosüs, a playful world of timeless, unisex childrens clothing and toys with a focus on sustainability. A small team of buyers hand selects everything in the store to appeal to shoppers who share the same values. The store carries some 20 Québec brands, including Des Enfantillages, Cokluch, Caribou, Bajoue, and of course, Les ptits mosüs.

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    Article 721

    Funky Article 721 in Limoilou has been a showcase for Québec artists and designers since 2012. From local fashion (including vintage finds) to posters, jewelry, and body care, there’s something for everyone in this bustling boutique full of creativity and fresh ideas. Just don’t try to see it all—you’ll be there for hours, or even days!

Annie Lafrance
Annie Lafrance

A keen observer of consumer and design trends, journalist and columnist Annie Lafrance has specialized in fashion and lifestyle coverage for over 15 years. Its mission: to promote local creations, artisans and merchants in Québec City.

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