Located near the heart of Old Town, this historic square has been an important part of Quebec City’s history since 1608 when it was first established by Samuel de Champlain.
The square is home to various monuments and statues that commemorate some of the city’s most notable figures including Louis Jolliet, Jean Talon, and even King George III. Visitors can also find a replica of the original Hotel de Ville (City Hall) which served as both government headquarters and public gathering place throughout its long history.
As one explores Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville they will discover several other attractions such as Terrasse Dufferin which offers stunning views of both Old Town and New Town from atop its wooden boardwalk or take a stroll through Musée des Ursulines where you can learn about local culture and history. The nearby Château Frontenac also makes for an interesting visit with its grand architecture that dates back to 1893 when it opened as Canada’s first grand hotel.
No trip to Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville would be complete without sampling some delicious food at one of the many restaurants located around the square such as Le Café du Monde or La Piazzetta which offer traditional French Canadian cuisine with modern twists. For those looking for something lighter there are plenty of cafés serving up freshly brewed coffee along with pastries and sandwiches made fresh daily.
In addition to all these wonderful attractions, visitors should make sure not to miss out on special events like Les Fêtes De La Nouvelle France held every summer or Carnaval De Québec during wintertime – two celebrations that bring together locals and tourists alike in celebration of music, artistry, culture, sportsmanship, and more.