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In the heart of Old Québec, take your shopping to a whole new level in North America’s oldest French-speaking district, named after Samuel de Champlain, who founded Québec City in 1608. Set next to Place-Royale, the Petit-Champlain district, featuring the Place du Marché and small Notre-Dame-des Victoires church, forms the centre of the first French village created on the American continent. Over 1,500,000 visitors walk its streets every year. The continent’s very first commercial district.
The artisan district
Petit-Champlain features boutiques that cater to every taste. Whether you’re looking for a sporty, classic, romantic or avant-garde look, you’ll find the fashion industry’s biggest names, original creations, new releases, leathers, skins, wool products... anything you could imagine!
History and culture unfold in the area’s boutiques and galleries through original products by artists and artisans. Dealers take the time to listen to visitors and love giving advice. Don’t forget to take a break from all that exploring by grabbing a bite at any of the small cafés, restaurants and snack bars that dot Petit-Champlain.
In the mood for a show? Stop by Théâtre Petit Champlain, which features theatre and musical performances. When the sun goes down, dauntless visitors can take a Ghost Tour and listen to stories of murder, executions, mysterious sightings and hauntings stretching back 400 years. Dare to explore paved sidewalks and narrow alleys, the famous Casse-Cou (break-neck) staircase wedged between two buildings that snakes down the cliff side to Petit-Champlain Street. French explorer Louis-Jolliet’s house, built in 1683, is located at 16 Petit-Champlain St. Today, this building houses the funicular leading to Terrasse Dufferin. Lace up your walking shoes and discover picturesque locales that’ll take you back to colonial times, when our ancestors were building the future and a nation!