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An Italian family runs Épicerie Européenne offering you everything you would expect to find in a grocery store. Come by to pick up exotic spices, special teas, coffees and much more. They also offer special crockery to go along with the products on offer, so you may engage in sipping some tea, the English way! An eclectic range of cold cuts, olives and cheeses apart from pastas and sandwiches are available for those on a road trip.
Step into the Maison Jean-Alfred Moisan in Upper Town to find the oldest grocery store in North America. Old melodies, playing in the background, will take you back in time. The ancient interiors go back to the 18th century. Besides being a grocery store, it also functions as a museum, as an antique shop and even a wine and liquor store!
This candy store is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Its window on St-Jean Street, filled with candies and wooden toys, is so attractive that almost everyone stops or at least slows down to take a good look. The small establishment, Confiserie C'est Si Bon, is stacked with a large assortment of candies, chocolates, toys, teas and coffees; just like a treasure chest! "Wow!" is the expression most often heard from those entering, especially grown-ups who feel like they have just become kids again.
A stop at La Cache is always a must when walking on St. Jean street in the Old City. The small boutique is filled with Montreal designer April Cornell's refined and romantic collection of women's fashions and home accessories. The clothes are well-made and unique. Amazing hats, nightgowns, table and bed linens, and a great collection of children's clothes are also available. The selection is not cheap, but it inevitably seduces women with its well-made vintage-looking dresses and classic knits.
Quebec's native department store has only recently branched out from this flagship location to downtown Montreal, but it remains an unique and essential stop on any shopping tour of Quebec. Focusing primarily on women's fashion, Maison Simons is broken down into various boutiques: La Guêpière sells hosiery and undergarments, formal wear, and so on. A smaller men's department shares an uncompromising commitment to good taste with many European-influenced flashes of panache. Considering the location and the quality, the prices are astoundingly reasonable.
Looking for all things leather or fur? Want to buy some matching accessories? If yes then rush to this trendy and upmarket store, Maison Couturier located in Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Touted as the best, get yourself a fur cape, leather pants that are to die for. Buy a leather cap with a fur border to complement the dress. Available in all colors possible, right from the basic black to the shocking pink, set a trend of your own with the apparel. Pick up a jacket for yourself or gifts for loved ones.
This funky shop on rue Saint-Paul, has a lot in store for all of those who like to decorate their house and beautify themselves. The antiques and accessories are known for the quality and aesthetic value. But it's not just antiques gracing the racks in Machin Chouette; even contemporary objects are on offer. Moreover, most of the rare creations don't even repeat themselves! Besides, the shelves are always brimming with something new. On weekends, you can take it easy, sip your coffee and discuss your preferences with the staff.
Do you want to take the sweet memories of Fairmont home? Then just walk in to Boutique Fairmont at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Shop for the softest duvet, linen, beautiful signature beds, furnishings to do up your home. Shop for Willow Stream Bags that are exquisite status symbols or pick up their exclusive spa products. And that's not all, they have gifts and music CD's too to make for perfect giveaways or souvenirs.
Love creamy soft chocolate, chocolate pies, chocolate cookies? If you find yourself nodding your head, then visit the Cupidon Chocolatier at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. A treasure trove of chocolates, made using natural ingredients, with great detailing done by the craftsmen. The delights on offer are made with loving care and are artistically designed to treat your senses. So what are your waiting for, just go on and bite into a scrumptiously made chocolate.
While in Quebec, don't miss Le Marché du Vieux-Port, this open air market located within the Old Port Market. It is open every day of the week. The products on sale are all grown by locals. Everything from fruit and vegetables to cheese and bread are fresh from the farm. And even if you do not buy, you can always taste these, the vendors are ever obliging.
Les Ailes de la Mode is an upscale department store that offers a unique shopping experience. It mainly focuses on European and Quebec designers. The women's department here, features everything from Buffalo, Tommy Hilfiger and Jones New York and the men's part offers Huge Boss and Armani. You can also pick lingerie, cosmetics and very elegant home decorations. The overall ambiance is reminiscent of the glory days of department store shopping.
Domestic beer and low-end wine labels can be purchased at supermarkets and dépanneurs across Quebec City, but for spirits and higher quality wine you will have to seek out a SAQ (Société des Alcools de Québec) location. This is not altogether a bad thing; this flagship location features an outstanding selection of liquors and wine labels from around the world, particularly from France. Those unfamiliar with the selection can consult a conseiller, one of the very knowledgeable employees familiar with the entire stock.