Quebec City is a unique cultural center, full of both history as well as the latest cultural trends. Quebec is also a shopping mecca, with all sorts of novelty items, antiques, and stylish offerings. For the first time shopper, navigating the intricacies of the city might be somewhat daunting. For the sake of convenience, below is a list of just some of the amazing stores available in Quebec City. The list is compiled and sorted by category, and while it is by no means comprehensive, it’s a great place for novice explorers.
For antiques, St-Paul Street is the place to go. This charming road is stuffed with quaint sidewalk cafes and treasure troves of antique shops. Machin Chouette is a great place to start, with all sorts of furniture reproductions and statement pieces for the fashionable home. A block away is a collection of 19th century furniture at Antiquites Maison Dambourges. Here you can also find rustic folk art to flatter the walls of your home, as well as all sorts of lighting options. Steps away is Bolduc Antiquites, featuring 19th and early 20th century furniture elegantly crafted from wood. Block by block, St-Paul Street has an endless array of shops for all tastes.
Canada is known for its lovely assortment of regional cuisine, so of course visitors are interested in purchasing the local offerings. For the health-conscious, Le Crac Aliments Sains-La Carrotte Joyeuse on rue St-Jean is perfect for organic foods and all sorts of natural supplements. From fair-trade coffees to a delicious full-service deli counter, this health foods market will give you an energy boost. Near the antiques district is the popular market, Marche du Vieux-Port, which has stalls spotlighting everything from fresh local produce to cured meats and cheese, fragrant wine to handmade pastries. You can even find homemade jewelry among the stands at Marche du Vieux-Port. For those with more sophisticated taste, Morena in the heart of Cartier Street has all sorts of gourmet goodies, such as specialty vinegars and imported oils, as well as all sorts of catered meal choices. Visitors need only look toward the vast array of food choices to see what Quebec shopping is all about: variety and quality.
While shopping in Quebec, how could you forget about fashion? From outlet stores such as Giant Tiger Quebec City to department stores such as La Maison Simons, Quebec City has something for everyone. For the forward-thinking woman, the boutique Code Vert prides itself on its wearable urban runway fashions, drawing inspiration from designers all over the world. Artelier Lune Noire helps bring to life the vision of designer Marie Jeanne Gauthier, giving women the stylish tools to express themselves. There, you can find fashion with a bit of sexy edge. For high-class designer labels, Les Veteries spotlights the finest silk and wool garments, with such names as Daniele Paquet and Madeleine Bedard on its racks.
For the gentlemen, Boutique L’Un et L’Autre is a one-stop shop for not only fashion needs, but also accessories and home decorations. Everything from casual to professional, this boutique offers convenient alteration services and designer labels. For strictly formal occasions, Au Maruis de Brummell is a stylish and elegant solution to all three-piece suit and tuxedo needs, whether the customer wants to purchase or to rent.
This guide is of course only the beginning to your many Quebec shopping adventures. Remember to be adventurous and don’t forget to take a breath and enjoy the scenery as well.