Old Town, the best area to stay in Quebec City
The main tourist district is the Old Town in Quebec City and people are left baffled and amazed by the hundreds of stunning centuries-old buildings, small authentic shops and charming local residents, which gives the place is ultra-friendly appeal. The upper part of the Old Town is surrounded by a stone wall that was built by both the British army and the French army in what is now credited as a UNESCO World Heritage area. One of the most iconic sights in the city is the castle-like Chateau Frontenac, which has claimed to be one of the most photographed hotels on the continent and has been here since the late 19th century.
The hotel is one of the most distinguished buildings in Quebec’s skyline as it was built on top of the hill that overlooks the Saint Lawrence River and has some of the most spectacular views over the city. Obviously you can also stay here but if it is too pricey then second best is to have a guided tour of the hotel and at least come here to see the beauty of the building or for the fantastic views that are on offer. The citadel is another main tourist attraction, which is part of the fortifications of the city and happens to be only one north of Mexico that is a walled city. The citadel was built back in the late 18th century after the Americans attacked British Quebec and is now used as an official residence by both the Monarch of Canada and the Governor General of Canada.
A good time to come here is at 10am when the guards change, which provides excellent photo opportunities. Just below the fortress is the Promenade des Gouverneurs and Dufferin Terrace, which is a boardwalk that provides beautiful strolls and commanding cliff top views. Other things to see include the Morrin Centre, which has been here for the last 200 years and was first used as a prison. The jail cells here are the main highlight and there are guided tours around the centre but do also checkout the only English library in the city that is also housed here.
The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec is one of the oldest of its kind in North America, which was founded in 1647 and resembles the church of Sainte-Genevieve in Paris. The Cathedral is a fine Neo-classical building that is decorated with many significant pieces of art like stained glass windows, paintings and more. The Old Town is where you find some excellent museums like the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, which has around 25,000 items that are mainly produced from the area with some pieces dating back to the 18th century. The museum consists of three pavilions with one being an old prison and another being a library. The Old Town has lots of tourist shops as well as markets dotted around it and these places sell lots of various items including cheap and tasty local produce, leather goods, handmade crafts, clothes and much more.
It is restaurant heaven in this part of the city with many places offering French food but there are plenty of other cuisines like Italian, American, and Indian as well as many others. Bars, jazz clubs and pubs are in abundance in this area with many having outside patios or rooftop gardens, which go down well alongside a local beer or wine. There is no worry over accommodation as there is a huge selection of places to choose from at a range of prices.
Hotels in Old Town Quebec