Interior View - Benjo, Québec City, Canada


If you’re traveling with kids, make a point to swing by this toy emporium in the Saint-Roch neighborhood. It has a crafts room, a party room, a make-your-own stuffed animal area and tons of toys. On a freezing day, it’s a well-known excursion for families.

Bolduc Antiquités

Frederic and Stéphanie Bolduc showcase the treasures that they have picked up at fairs and estate sales in this shop on Rue St.-Paul. Most days one of the owners will be in the shop to give the provenance of each piece.

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Québec City’s premiere chocolatier since 1987, Erico is the place to go when mid-afternoon fatigue hits. The small storefront stocks an impressive selection of sweets, with everything from home-baked cookies to a dizzying array of truffles and a lengthy hot chocolate menu. There are a few gourmet goods as well; the mini fleur de sel fondue kit makes a wonderful gift. Make sure to stop by Érico’s chocolate museum, located next to the shop.

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Exterior View - J.A. Moisan. Québec City, Canada

J.A. Moisan

Opened in 1871, J.A. Moisan is the oldest grocery store in North America, and the shop is capable of conjuring nostalgia in all. Located in the charming Saint-Jean neighborhood, a fifteen-minute walk from downtown, the venerable general store is a portal into the past; wood furnishings and decorative antiques date back long before (most of) the goods lining the shelves. Visitors will find products from all over the world, from hard-to-find French biscuits and soft treacle toffee to locally brewed beer and a hodgepodge of delicate teapots. There is also a small prepared foods section and seating area for those who wish to sample their gourmet gatherings.

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Interior View - Machin Chouette, Québec City, Canada

Machin Chouette

The name of this quirky boutique in the antiques district of Québec City is the French translation for “cool thingamajig.” The owner, who trained as a graphic designer, displays her funky creations along with antique and contemporary furniture. Among the treasure trove are footstools fashioned out of wooden butter crates, old record albums, wooden snowshoes and vintage cigarette tins.

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