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Quebec City Souvenirs

Whenever I look for something to take home from wherever I happen to be, my top choice is to get something unique, preferably artisan, and locally-made.  So, while visiting Quebec City, I ducked in to any shops that seemed to fit the bill.  Sometimes, I walked back out after a few minutes walk through, but other places held my attention, showing me something beautiful and unique.  A couple of places brought be back shopping before I left for home.

The following list of shops and locations were the places I wound up spending the most time browsing, and sometimes buying.  All of them are heavily weighted toward Canadian and Quebec artisans.  So, if you are planning on some similar shopping, I give you my list help you focus the time you have.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the google map of the locations.

 

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Rue du Tresor

Rue du Tresor art street. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Rue du Tresor, Quebec City art street

Rue du Tresor translates as “Treasure Street,” which is fairly appropriate for this little corner of Quebec City.  Since the 1960s, this short little pedestrian street has been home to the art of local artists, hanging on the walls and for sale to passers-by.  Currently, approximately 35 artists display their work on the large, fold-out, wooden walls that are closed and locked up at the end of the night – or in case of bad weather.

Rue du Tresor, Quebec City street of art for sale. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Rue du Tresor, Quebec City art street

The artwork is in oils to watercolors to pen and ink, and while there is an abundance of Quebec City scenes to take home, there are more classic still-lifes, florals, and abstracts if that’s more your style.  If you are shopping for a packable piece of art for your wall to remind you of your time in Quebec City, this is an excellent stroll, easily located in the center of the tourist area.

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Artisans de la Cathedrale

Artisans de la Cathedrale colorful booths. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Artisans de la Cathedrale colorful booths.

During the summer, fifteen local artisans come together and open the colorfully painted, wooden booth shops along a little path beside the Cathedral of St. Trinity.  Here, you can find jewelry, pottery, sweaters, and leather bags, among other things.  Also a selling point?  A crepe stand!  Mmmmm…

Artisans de Cathedrale entrance. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Entrance to Artisans de Cathedrale.

For me, I was shopping for Jewelry.  I try to travel light, and jewelry is always easy to take home.  So that was my treat to myself while I was there. 🙂

 

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Artisans Canada

Artisans Canada shop interior. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Artisans Canada shop interior.

Artisans Canada is a store front along the Cote de la Fabrique that represents more than 100 artists from Quebec and Canada.  The items in the shop include jewelry, leather goods, sweaters, hats, scarves, and many other goodies for both men and women.  I was most interested in a shawl/sweater that could be worn multiple ways.

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Erico

Enrico chocolate shop interior. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Enrico chocolate shop interior.

Ok, now lets get tasty for a moment.  This shop is outside the historic city center, but the walk down rue Saint-Jean is shorter than it looks, and Saint-Jean is lined with restaurants and shops, so it’s likely you’ll find yourself strolling it at some point.   If you are shopping for chocolate in Quebec City, Erico is the stop to make.   They have handmade chocolates, hot chocolates, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, ice cream – all made on site!  And if you are shopping for a chocolate gift to take home, the wrapping is kind of  adorable, and survived all the way home for me.

Enrico chocolate shop gift package. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Enrico chocolate shop gift package.

Connected to the shop is a small chocolate museum that tells the history of chocolate.  It seemed a little hokey to me at first, but it does have an artifact showing a women, I’m assuming harvesting chocolate, and they created a chocolate sculpture of that artifact.  Ok, that just has to make you grin, right?  The part I like the most is at the back of the museum where you can watch the chocolate making process of Erico if they are in production mode.

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Marche du Vieux Port

Marche du Vieux Port entrance sign.  Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Marche du Vieux Port Entrance.

Also filled with tasty – as well as other – goodies, is Marche du Vieux Port.  If you like the look of my post about the Ile d’Orleans produce and tastings, but aren’t going to get there, or if you go there but need a refill because you ate all the goodies you bought (I feel your pain), Marche du Vieux Port is like the Farmers Market for Ile d’Orleans.

Flower shop in Marche du Vieux Port.  Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Flower shop in Marche du Vieux Port.

In 1640, at the beginnig of the colony, the first “Place du Marche” began.  Today, the variety of Canadian goods is mind boggling.  I found myself shopping teas, jewelry, sweaters, fudge, and home-made jams, while admiring flowers, vegetable plants, herbs, all kinds of sweets.  And there are stands for sausages, pies, wines, seafood… it really is an amazing variety of local goods and produce.

As an added bonus, there is a little cafe in the middle of the Marche du Vieux Port with both inside, and some beautiful outside seating overlooking the marina.  The grilled cheese made with brie, mushroom, and bacon with an onion confit is worth the mid-shopping pause.

Praline & Chocolate shop in Marche du Vieux Port. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Praline & Chocolat shop in Marche du Vieux Port.

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Fusion & Color

Fusion & Color shop interior.  Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Fusion & Color shop interior.

This is a fun, colorful shop, conveniently located around the corner from Petit Champlain, at the base of the Funiculare that connects the shopping street to the Terrasse Dufferin.

Fusion & Color store front.  Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Fusion & Color store front.

Owned by artist Isabelle Malo, the shop features her art, as well as coloful art by a number artisans of Quebec and Canada.  Inside you find colorful glass balls hanging to catch the light, fun and whimsical dishes and serving trays, and brightly colored wall art.  If you are shopping for whimsical and colorful, this is your shop!

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Soierie Huo

Dominique creating a silk scarf design in Soierie Huo.  Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Dominique creating a silk scarf design in Soierie Huo.

Last, but definitely not least, is La Soierie Huo.  In my family, we joke about my need for a 12-step-program for scarves.  The obsession began in Italy over 10 years ago, and I still can’t help but buy a scarf in nearly every international city I visit.  Well, I came to Soierie Huo on Petit Champlain, and immediately my heart did a little pitter-patter, because the scarves in the window and streaming outside were so colorful and beautiful.

Colorful, hand painted, silk scarves in Soierie Huo. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Colorful, hand painted, silk scarves in Soierie Huo.

But then I came inside, and found Dominique Huot in the process of hand painting her latest silk creation.  It was absorbing to watch her concentrate and work on details, step back to take it in, step up and tweak another spot.

I made my way around the shop, looking at all the different patterns and sizes, while Dominique encouraged me to untie any I liked to try them on and see the full patterns.  After a LOT of consideration, I knew which pattern I wanted, but couldn’t find it in the size I wanted.  Dominique asked how long I would be in town, and told me she could have what I wanted ready in a couple of days.

Soierie Huo shop interior. Quebec City shopping artisan souvenirs.

Soierie Huo shop interior.

So that’s what I did, returning two mornings later to pick up my long, poppy-design scarf.  I love it.  <3

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That’s my list of the best shops to find locally made, Quebec and Canadian, souvenirs in Quebec City.  Enjoy your Quebec City shopping!

Looking for somewhere to stay while in Quebec City?  <<Check out my Home Away from Home>> while I was there.  Kind to the pocketbook & unbeatable location!

Quebec City guide to shopping for artisan souvenirs: information, photos & locations for shops that provide unique souvenirs made in Quebec and Canada.

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Map of Shop Locations:  

Click on the markers for shop names and addresses, or open map in your browser to use for navigation.

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29 thoughts on “Quebec City Souvenirs

  1. Treasure Street and Erico sound amazing (as do the others)! I love buying edible goodies as souvenirs for friends and family back home – they’re always a crowd favorite and rarely go to waste!

    • Edibles are so great for my teen girls. They love getting a little goodie bag when I get home, and I love that’s it doesn’t contain little useless trinkets that will just gather dust in their already cluttered rooms!

    • I wear them a lot, too! My family just keeps walking if they see me get caught up in scarf shopping. They know this is an addiction for me.

    • Oh, Yay! Glad to provide a little virtual shopping experience for you. The real thing’s better, trust me! 😀

    • It was mezmerizing to watch her work. I love that it’s something so easily pack-able to take home and on other travels. <3

    • Doesn’t it look fun? I was drawn in right away. I love all the color, and I always like glasswork. I bought a little glass ring holder with different blue colored glass swirled through it.

  2. Quebec sounds like a cool place to visit. Those scarves are beautiful. I love to buy on of those scarves as well 🙂 And Chocolate museums are great too! I visited one in Barcelona once.

  3. I love this! I’m always looking for something unique to bring home as a memory.

    I also wanted to write to let you know that I love your unique blogging perspective as a mom! Even though I don’t yet have children, you’ve already given me tons of great ideas. And that’s why I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! From one blogger to another, thank you so much for all the hard work you put into making such a great website 🙂 Here’s a link to the nomination post: https://thetightwadtourist.com/2017/07/05/blogger-recognition-award-2017/

    • Oh! This is so awesome, thanks so much!! I’m so surprised & honored. 😃 I’d like to thank the Academy… oh, wait, that’s a different award. 😆

      Seriously, thank you so much. I’m thrilled that my Mom-travel has inspired you – there is travel after kids! Big virtual hugs to you, and it’s great to have friends out here in the blogging world. ❤

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  5. Now that is in-depth guide to a city. Quebec is a city I have heard a lot about but still don’t know near enough about, there seems to be a lot of art and fashion in the city and you have captivated it so well. Nice read.

  6. I think you’d lose me at the chocolate shop, haha 😀 We’ve only been in Van and BC so far, but I hope another year we can explore Canada more!

  7. You had us at Erico and the long list of their chocolate goodies. Can’t resist a good dessert, so will be paying this spot a visit very soon. Hopefully the packaging is difficult enough to unwrap, otherwise these won’t last until home. Thanks!

  8. Oh, that Rue du Tresor sounds just like a place I would spend an afternoon strolling around. 🙂 Love local products and souvenirs. It’s touristy, I know, but I am a tourist, traveler who likes to be reminded of good times she had on her journeys. 😉 So, Fusion&Colors would also be the place to go. 🙂

  9. So colourful! If I happen to be Quebec will make sure to spend some time at Rue du Tresor or the at the Marche du Vieux Port

  10. I was I had seen this list before! When I was in Quebec, I came across quite a few artisan shops and some of the things they made were incredible! Such a pity that I missed the chocolate shop

  11. What a wonderful selection of shops! I am sure I would enjoy any and all of these just as much as you did. By the way, I think this is a genius idea for a post as well! Extremely useful information and shareable content. Great job!

  12. Treasures Street looks interesting! Love paintings by local artists. Looks like a great place to visit even if not actually buying the paintings :p

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