Quebec City: Where to Buy Authentic SouvenirsOn July 3, 2017 by Meg
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 me 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.
Rue du Tresor
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.
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.
- Address: Rue du Tresor, Ville de Quebec, QC G1R, Canada
Artisans de la Cathedrale
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…
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. 🙂
- Website: <<Click here to go to Artisans de la Cathedrale website>>
- Address: 22 Rue Sainte-Anne, VIlle de Quebec, QC G1R 3X3, Canada
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.
- Website: <<Click here to go to Artisans Canada website>>
- Address: 30 Cote de la Fabrique, Ville de Quebec, QC G1R 3V7, Canada
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.
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.
- Website: <<Click here to go to Erico website>>
- Address: 634 rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC G1R 1P8, Canada
Marche du Vieux Port
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.
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.
- Website: <<Click here to go to Marche du Vieux Port website>>
- Address: 160 Quai Saint-André, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 3Y2, Canada
Fusion & Color
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.
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!
- Website: <<Click here to go to Fusion & Color website>>
- Address: Quartier petit Champlain, 55 Sous le Fort, Vieux Quebec, G1K 4G9 Canada
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.
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.
So that’s what I did, returning two mornings later to pick up my long, poppy-design scarf. I love it. <3
- Website: <<Click here to go to Soierie Huo website>>
- Address: 91 Rue du Petit Champlain, Ville de Quebec, QU G1K 4H5 Canada
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!
Map of Shop Locations:
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