Romantic European atmosphere, one-of-a-kind boutiques & bistros, a great shopping experience. The Petit Champlain Quarter is renowned as one of the most beautiful sites of Old Quebec.
Set at the foot of the cliff below Chateau Frontenac, this neighbourhood, with its authentic atmosphere, is a must when visiting Quebec. Particularly magical in the winter, with their legendary décor made of literally thousands of lights, the narrow streets of the Petit Champlain Quarter, lined with quaint little shops and warm bistros, offer an incomparably romantic experience all year round.
Of course it’s magical just to stroll around the area. But to get the whole experience of the place you must go in a few shops… that is where you’ll get in touch with the passion of the people that make Petit Champlain tick. Whether you are greeted by the owner or by an employee – the welcome and the advice will always be genuine and sincere.
Working together as a co-op for over twenty years, the artisans and merchants collectively own 27 buildings in the area and consider being the proud keepers of this wonderful heritage. In their boutiques and art galleries, you’ll discover their precious finds from here and all over the world.
The Quartier Petit Champlain boutiques are open all year round, consult the shopping hours calendar.
What you'll find in Quartier Petit Champlain:
A veritable hub of arts, crafts, and wonderful finds, the Petit Champlain district offers creations made from ceramic, glass, wood, leather, and textiles as well as paintings, sculptures, and more from hundreds of Québec artisans. Every day is a celebration of their know-how! Also offered are quality collections from around the world, original and fun gifts for all occasions.
Offering elegant jewelry along with a selection of fanciful items at a number of boutiques, the Petit Champlain district features creations made in Québec and abroad for all occasions.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
With its Québec designer creations and renowned collections, the Petit Champlain district features a variety of fashion boutiques that offer not only clothing, but also purses, luggage, shoes, hats, and scarves.
RESTOS & BISTROS
Whether you want to have a family meal, a romantic dinner, a bite on the go, or just a glass of something, choose one of the friendly bistros or cafés in the Petit Champlain district!
SWEETS & REGIONAL SPECIALTIES
Enjoy a delicious selection of Québec specialties and sweet treats, such as chocolate, nougats, pastries, candy, maple products, and jams.
Life in Quartier Petit Champlain captured in a magnificent mural
A trompe-l'oeil mural measuring 100 square metres (900 square feet)
You don't have to be an artist to appreciate the beauty of this outdoor work of art, located at 102 rue du Petit-Champlain, on the wall of the building owned by the Coopérative des artisans et commerçants du Quartier Petit Champlain.
History larger than life
This mural illustrates the origins of the Cap-Blanc neighbourhood, the bombardments in 1759, fires, landslides and other disasters to have befallen Quartier Petit Champlain over the years, as well as the strength and courage of those who built, lived, developed and breathed new life into this part of Quebec City.
Artists and sponsors
Coopérative des artisans et commerçants du Quartier Petit Champlain
The members of the Coopérative des artisans et commerçants du Quartier Petit Champlain are all merchants. Founded in 1985, this co-operative now has 40 members representing 50 businesses.
"To maintain, improve and promote Quartier Petit Champlain as a cultural, commercial and tourist product that distinguishes itself through the originality, diversity, the predominance of handcrafted goods, the quality and authenticity of the products offered by its merchant members.""
Solidarity and creativity produce results
The merchants are responsible for maintaining the historic atmosphere and authentic appearance of this neighbourhood. Their most recent project is the magnificent (lien vers la section La Fresque), a trompe-l'oeil work of art that illustrates different scenes from the daily lives of the founders of Quartier Petit Champlain.
Motivated and committed members
The board of directors of the Coopérative de solidarité du Quartier Petit Champlain comprises administrators who are elected during the annual general assembly held in April. Their 3-year mandates may be renewed.
Members of the 2011-2012 board of directors
Lise Charest - Pot en Ciel
Pierre Moreau - Groupe Restos Plaisirs
Johanne Lauzier - Bistro Sous Le Fort
Jacques Bourbonnière - Capitaine d'A Bord
Janick Allard, Temps Libre
Philippe Boulanger-Després - Théâtre Petit Champlain
Jean-François Renaud - Oclan
Marie-Pier Vincent Dugré, Blanc Mouton
Normand Châtigny - invited administrator