The best places to go shopping in Quebec City include lively shopping streets, districts, and traditional malls. The independent boutiques dotted along the shopping streets are the best places to hunt for locally made souvenirs and fashion and jewellery items. But if you’re looking for your favourite European and American brands, Quebec City’s shiny shopping centres feature a wide range of retailers.

    Exploring the shopping scene in Quebec City is also a fantastic way to mingle with locals, especially along the pedestrianised shopping avenues. Ready to find out the best places to shop in Quebec City? Our guide below ensures you don’t miss out on the best spots for retail therapy in town.


    Petit Champlain

    North America’s oldest shopping district

    Petit Champlain is a small historic shopping district in Lower Town that dates back to the 1600s. The main attraction is the charming pedestrian-only Rue du Petit-Champlain. Along this cobblestoned street, beautifully restored buildings house galleries, clothing boutiques and arts and crafts stores.

    Almost all items for sale here are made locally in Quebec City, from silk paintings and woodcarvings to jewellery and moccasins. Even if you are just window shopping, visiting this area will be a unique experience. There are several cafés, bakeries and restaurants within the district where you can pause and refuel between shopping sprees.

    Location: Bd Champlain, Québec, QC G1K 4E8, Canada


    Rue St-Paul

    Knickknacks and antiques along an enchanting street

    Rue St-Paul lies a block from the Saint-Charles River near Quebec City Old Port. The cobbled street and the surrounding area were developed in 1816 and are steeped in old-world charm, with its series of antique stores and artisanal boutiques.

    If you're looking for one-of-a-kind books, Edwardian silver, 18th-century Quebec furniture, or post–World War II housewares, Rue St-Paul is the place to be. You'll also find Art Deco accessories between the grandfather clocks and vintage candlesticks, such as custom storage units made from vinyl records.

    Location: Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC G1K 3W4, Canada


    Rue St-Jean

    One of the oldest shopping streets in Quebec City

    Rue St-Jean is where you can experience shopping walks with a charming European vibe in Quebec City. The quaint shopping street begins in the heart of Upper Town, connecting the historic centre and the neighbourhoods west of Old Quebec. Within the city walls, you’ll find fantastic souvenir shops. Francophones looking for French books will love Librairie Pantoute.

    You can browse original artisanal and clothing boutiques, speciality food shops, and other independent stores outside the fortifications. While you’re window shopping, be sure to snap photos of the historic St. John Gate on Rue St-Jean. The imposing landmark is 1 of 5 remaining entrances into Old Quebec.

    Location: Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1R9, Canada


    Rue du Trésor

    A year-round open-air gallery featuring local artworks

    Rue du Trésor is a narrow alleyway near Place d'Armes in Old Quebec. The quaint little street is packed with local artists displaying high quality, one-of-a-kind pieces of art, including etchings, silkscreens, watercolours, and fine paintings. This landmark open-air gallery began in the 1960s when 2 artists decided to sidestep galleries, exhibiting and selling directly to the public.

    Come rain, shine, or snow, the artists diligently set up their artwork and are happy to chat with passersby all day long. Take note that some vendors don’t accept credit cards. So, if you find something you love, be prepared to go and withdraw some cash.

    Location: Quebec City, QC G1R 4P5, Canada


    Avenue Cartier

    A lively shopping street where you can mingle with locals

    Avenue Cartier lies 2 km from the old city walls, in the heart of the Art District of Montcalm. As a less-touristy area, this is where locals prefer to shop when Old Quebec gets packed with tourists, especially in summer. On a relaxed stroll, you can pop into various trendy fashion boutiques, upscale speciality stores, and gourmet food shops.

    The avenue is also famous for its dining and nightlife scenes. You’ll have plenty of places to take a break from all the shopping, browsing, and people-watching.

    Location: Av. Cartier, Québec, QC G1R 2S4, Canada


    Rue St-Joseph

    A hipster hot spot with boutiques and eateries

    Rue St-Joseph is a top shopping destination in the former industrial area-turned-trendy Saint-Roch district in Upper Town. The district's old buildings now house art galleries, modern stores, and independent boutiques selling toys, clothes, and household items.

    Rue St-Joseph is also home to cafés, microbreweries, theatres, and video arcades. After a couple of hours of shopping, you can relax in the tranquil Jean-Paul-L'Allier Garden nearby. And don't leave the neighbourhood without visiting the beautiful 20th-century L'eglise St. Roche cathedral, the largest church in Québec City.

    Location: Rue Saint-Joseph E Bureau SS-008, Québec, QC G1K 3B2, Canada


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    Les Galeries de la Capitale

    A one-stop place for dining, shopping and entertainment

    Les Galeries de la Capitale is the biggest shopping mall in Eastern Canada. With anchor stores such as H&M, Michael Kors, La Baie D’Hudson, and Sephora, it’s a fantastic mall to visit whether you’re looking for something specific or just window shopping. The food court offers over 30 restaurants to choose from, so you don’t need to leave when hunger sets in.

    Apart from satisfying all your shopping needs, the mall offers entertainment options for the whole family. Activities include the largest IMAX screen in Canada and Méga Parc. Méga Parc is an indoor theme park with an ice-skating trail, playground, arcade, miniature golf, and carousel.

    Location: 5401 Bd des Galeries, Québec, QC G2K 1N4, Canada

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 418-627-5800


    Place Laurier

    A family-friendly shopping and dining hub

    Place Laurier is a top-tier shopping destination about 8.5 km south of Old Quebec City. Boasting over 300 stores and 30 restaurants, the mall satisfies all your shopping needs. Major department stores here include Sears, La Baie, and Future Shop. There are plenty of book shops, fashion boutiques, and jewellery and electronics stores to browse, too.

    Place Laurier is accessible by car or public transport. Take route no. 800 or 801 on the green line from D’Youville and get off at Station Laurier Quebec.

    Location: 2700 Bd Laurier, Québec, QC G1V 2L8, Canada

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday–Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 418-651-5000


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    Place Sainte-Foy

    Designer names and high-end luxury fashion brands

    Place Sainte-Foy should be your first stop if you’re looking for many exclusive fashion brands in one place. You’ll find over 130 stores throughout the upmarket mall, including Zara, Simons, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Lululemon Athletica, and much more. Beyond fashion, the mall also contains Apple, Birks, Sephora, and Swarovski stores.

    Whether you’re shopping for everyday items or want to splurge on new clothes, cosmetics or gifts for yourself and your loved ones, Place Sainte-Foy is a great one-stop destination. And if you don’t find what you are looking for, there are 2 more malls right next door – Place Laurier and Place de la Cité.

    Location: 2450 Bd Laurier, Québec, QC G1V 2L1, Canada

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday–Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 418-653-4184


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    Le Grand Marché

    A top destination for local gourmet eats and shopping

    Le Grand Marché is a huge produce market just minutes from Old Quebec. With over 100 farmers and artisans serving locally produced food and drinks, the market is a foodie’s paradise. It’s best to arrive hungry and then take your time exploring each stall.

    You’ll find warm doughnuts, fresh pasta, homemade beer, rich and creamy local cheese, and so much more. You can reach the market by bike, bus, or car. You can rent a bike in Old Quebec and leave it right by the Family Zone at the market. Alternatively, take metro-bus routes 801 or 802 or bus routes 3 or 4.

    Location: 250 section M, Bd Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, QC G1L 5A7, Canada

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday–Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 418-692-2517

    Jacqui de Klerk | Contributing Writer

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