St. Paul Street
In a city of wonderful streets it can be hard to single out one as particularly pleasing, but I would like to try.
Check out St. Paul Street. Specifically, walk the section from la Côte Dinan to Dalhousie Street. Lying at the base of the cape, in Vieux-Québec’s lower town, this stretch of St. Paul Street does not have the touristy air of other old city streets. Instead, it is staid and formally elegant. Grand maple trees sprout from its flagstone sidewalks, and large storefront windows lure in passers-by. Peering into the artistically arranged picture windows, they can find the perfect…everything. The boutiques here are antique shops that sell most anything, as long as it is not from today. When the antiquing is done, stop at one of the excellent restaurants at the corner of St. Paul and Sault-au-Matelot. There is something there to please every palate.
St. Paul Street first appeared on the maps of Québec City in the early 19th century when authorities pushed a riverside road from the Place Royale neighborhood toward the neighborhoods along the St. Charles River. Although it is landlocked today, it still has a maritime feel with the sailboats of the Louise Basin bobbing nearby.