While Quebec City is famous for its lavish castles, winding cobblestone streets, and traditional old-world charm, consider combining your history lessons with a little shopping therapy. Craftsmanship and elegance reign supreme in this traditional French-Canadian town, encompassing local and independent designers you won’t find anywhere else. Here are some of our favorite stops to add to your shopping itinerary in Quebec City.
Boutique Metiers D’art du Quebec
You’ll find amazing artwork, fun accessories, and original gifts at the Boutique Metiers D’art du Quebec, all made with pride by local Quebec artisans. This one-stop shop for reasonably priced, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts is a great source of thoughtful souvenirs and is refreshingly free of tacky key chains. Every August, it hosts the largest summer arts and crafts show in Quebec, the Plein Air festival, which is held in the Old Port for two weeks.
The signature hand-crafted moccasins and mukluks at the family-owned Amimoc are made according to First Nations traditions and come in 22 different colors – the largest selection you’ll find anywhere in Canada. A pair of the brand’s waterproof, wool-lined boots will insulate your toes in temperatures as cold as -20ºF.
While you probably can’t take 10 different types of hot chocolate or 70 flavors of ice-cream on the plane ride home, there are other ways to prolong the pleasures you’ll find at Érico, an artisanal chocolatier. Start with a tour of the chocolate museum located adjacent to the boutique, then reward yourself for being such a good student with a box of handmade fudge.
Albert Gilles Copper Art and Museum
The founder of Albert Gilles Copper Art and Museum was once commissioned to decorate the homes of celebrities ranging from legendary actress Mae West to the prolific Walt Disney. Today, Gilles’ daughters and granddaughter are carrying on his flair for metal craftsmanship in a breathtaking studio and museum in the heart of Quebec City. Visitors can even try their hand at making their own piece of copper art.
If you book a getaway at Hilton Quebec, you’ll be only steps away from the charming boutiques and cafes of the city’s Old Town. But if you need more ideas on where to shop for the person on your list who already has everything, the hotel’s knowledgeable staff and concierge can help customize your itinerary even further.
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