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  • 1francophile
    Kitchener, Canada1,995 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque Old City in a commercial setting!
    Old Quebec has it all from old style design, long history and culture that is quite enjoyable and edifying for the discerning traveler! However, it’s commerciality aspect with a constant flow of people on the narrow streets, who are seemingly only concerned with themselves or taking selfies or pictures in front of landmarks, is a bit irritating at times. My recommendation to the those considering traveling to this wonderful destination, is to go on a walking tour to learn and fully appreciate the experience, patronize the merchants, visit galleries and museums to have a full and enriching experience. I wrote a glowing review of our outstanding experience with the Tours Voir Quebec community recently for your information. Also, when I submitted my review of the Chateau, if was remiss in mentioning the shops on the lobby level including one owned and operated by a fine artist named Annie Pelletier whose works are colorful and lively. Old Quebec is a great walking town with many historic sites and monuments with great vistas of the St. Lawrence River, but to fully appreciate this unique town, please go inside to understand and patronize the quality merchants in order to a have a full experience while in Old Quebec. Highly Recommended!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • FPC911
    92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome place to visit with tons to do!
    What a magical place Old Quebec is. We worried about not speaking a bit of French but it wasn’t a problem whatsoever. The locals jumped at the opportunity to show off their English skills. Everyone spoke really good English and the locals were very kind and welcoming. Make sure to visit the Basilica which is breathtaking. Old city Quebec is also a must with its rich history and cobblestone streets, shops and restaurants. Pop into the Frontenac Hotel and go downstairs.. there’s a small museum with artifacts found on-site and old pictures (and history (it’s free) and walk the boardwalk to Governors Promenade and on to the Citidel. What awesome views. My favorite was umbrella alley. So quaint. But most importantly take your time and just wander around and take it all in. There’s something around every corner .. it’s like being in Europe! Well worth the visit!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Shirley K
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful City
    Old Quebec City is beautiful and just like being in Europe. The architecture, both English and French, is beautiful. It was quiet (and cold) when we first got there on a Wednesday but by Friday, people were everywhere and this was May! I can't imagine what it's like in the summer. There was music on the streets, and everything was lit up. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful. There are some good tours to go on - try a walking tour and a food tour. We stayed in a B&B in the old town which was very convenient. Many excellent restaurants are there.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Zespy
    Chandler, Texas250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must see!
    We toured old Quebec by car due to mobility issues. Our tour guide was excellent and took us everywhere a car could go. He stopped multiple times to allow us plenty of time to see the site and take pictures. Fascinating architecture! Definitely a must see!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,054 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque and History
    One of the most picturesque cities in Canada, maybe the most picturesque combined with colonial history. Also a food-lovers paradise, plus lots of great cafes. Also parks, great walks. One must visit here at least once.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Lisa Clare
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day of exploring, eating, shopping and just being together with people you love.
    Very Romantic, fun place to visit. We'd suggest visiting with partner, friends, etc. Wonderful restaurants, bars, shopping. I'd suggest not bringing your pets (not very dog friendly) and kids might not enjoy as much as adults would.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,007 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming walled town
    The biggest downside that Old Quebec has is that everyone has figured out that it’s charming and picturesque, and the streets, restaurants and shops are crowded as a result. I can’t blame a place for being popular. The shops and restaurants are local rather than corporate. There’s history and archaeology here; not just shopping and dining. It’s clean and relatively sedate considering how busy it is. There are views of colonial streets and houses, the castle-esque Fonterac Hotel, the St. Lawrence River and the old town walls set up with cannon. It’s modern but still authentically historical. Definitely worth the trip to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 3, 2023
  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, Texas5,112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see … Architecture, St Lawrence views, and more
    Bit of France in North America. Charming city, great views of the St Lawrence River and lots of room to roan, if you can avoid the midday and afternoon tourist crunch. Get there early and be ahead of the crowds.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • wayne B
    Maryborough, Australia49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful buildings
    Took the ferry across to Old Quebec, well priced for a return trip. From there on we walked along the boardwalk and made our way around the La Citadelle de Québec and the various viewing points along the way. The buildings in and around Old Quebec were just amazing. The architecture the history, made for an enjoyable walk. We sat at one of the sidewalk restaurants, relaxed and had some enjoyable food and drinks. We continued to walk around and take in some more of this fascinating place. We left on the ferry with more views of the city behind us and will remember this for a long time to come.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Lori47401
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Quebec is Incredible!
    Incredible! The architecture throughout the Old Quebec was absolutely incredible. If you appreciate old buildings and details of architecture, this area is a must to see. Lots of food and shopping options. Although a hillside, it is fairly easy to walk around as they provide many resting spots to enjoy the scenery.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 16, 2023
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,511 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I spent some time exploring Old Quebec on a cold April morning. It's very charming and has lots of buildings and monuments to see. Lots of construction was going on.
Written April 26, 2024
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Patricia C
Oakville, Canada39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Such a beautiful city to visit. friendly people and lots to see in walking distance. Perfect place to spend a couple of days
Written March 21, 2024
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Jess
Omaha, NE10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Such a cute area of a European feel without the long plane ride. We stayed at the Cheteau Frontenac and were not disappointed. We did make some trips out of old town but spent an entire day shopping on Champagne. The area is likely more walkable in the warmer months but still beautiful in the winter.
Written March 18, 2024
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Lang A
Lincoln, NE3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
My wife and I and another couple went in December to experience the European-like Christmas Markets and had a wonderful time. Old Quebec City is almost like being in France. Friendly people and delicious food.
Written February 17, 2024
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MargieDetroit
Detroit, MI97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Traipsing around Old Quebec gave opportunity to revisit history, see various old churches, ogle art shops, and just plain love the winter holiday decorations.
Written February 4, 2024
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Pri Fantini
Belo Horizonte, MG30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Quebec City is a wonderful place to visit! This city is so beautiful, the food is perfect, like wines, hot chocolate and attractions! It's a cozy place!
Written January 17, 2024
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Michael D
Chicago, IL292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
though I will review the best of our dining this entire area of town deserves credit for being charming. We visited just after the holidays so decorations were still up and with just a bit of snow it was magical. shops, dining, and just the historic environs were lovely.
Written January 7, 2024
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TimA_22233
Atlanta, GA231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Over 11,000 TripAdvisor reviewers gave this the highest score. I've never seen such unanimous affection for anything else in TripAdvisor. I don't even think the Taj Mahal got such overwhelming praise. Well, believe what your peers are telling you, people. Canada has something special here for you. (And they have Niagara Falls. And the Thousand Islands. And Banff Park. And Anne Of Green Gables. And -- themselves; Canadians; the World's Best People.) Driving through the gate in the Old City Wall, you travel in time and space; you're instantly transported. Siena and Savannah are the only other two places where I remember having that out-of-body experience.

I'm wasting my time. You've already read so many reviews praising this place; you don't need my words. Just drop everything and buy your plane ticket.
Written December 27, 2023
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Bea
957 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolutely amazing, like from a fairytale. It was very busy but still it was worth visiting. I think one of the most beautiful towns in North America. It was established in the early 17th century. It is on a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is split into the Upper Town and the Lower Town and connected by a funicular.
Wonderful old buildings, narrow, cobble stones, many restaurants, cafes, what a wonderful town to have an amazing walk and admire the architecture and the views.
Written December 11, 2023
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Margaret L
Brisbane, Australia384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Absolutely fascinating! Wander along the cobblestone streets and take in some window shopping- or if you want, buy beautiful gifts and artwork. Amazing photo opportunities with the Chateau Frontenac imposing up ahead. Absolutely stunning! To save your legs, catch the furnicular up to the top ($5 cash only)
Written December 1, 2023
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