Located in the now trendy Saint-Roch neighborhood, Benjo opened its doors in 2004 and it didn't take long before this toy store became incredibly popular. Inspired by stores such as FAO Schwartz, Benjo is unique to Quebec City and it offers a huge selection of toys, games, candies, crafts, books, clothes and more! There's always something going on at Benjo - sometimes a remote controlled helicopter will fly over your head, other times you'll get to meet Benjo himself or perhaps "Number 5", the robot from the 1980s movie "Short Circuit". Just warning you: it's practically impossible to leave this store empty-handed, even if you were only planning on having a look around - and this applies to kids AND grown-ups!
This was a delight to find. Most Quebec shops that sell tobacco products aren't allowed to display them and so having to enquire in my pidgin French about what they stock was a bit of an arduous task, especially as I'm not familiar with the local brands.
Here, being a specialised tobacconist everything is on display in all its full-frontal glory.
What to buy: Yep this is the place - specialist tobaccos, cigars and the more mundane run-of-the-mill cigarettes.
Often when travelling you find yourself needing to buy something very simple but you have no idea where to get it. You search a few shops in your locality and find everything but what you're looking for. Here in Quebec Les Escomptes Lecompte is probably your solution.
"Les Escomptes" is French for "Discounts" and whilst some of these shops can be pretty tacky (Mr Ed's in Toronto immediately springs to mind) Lecompte is relatively classy. This is an Alladin's Cave of knick-knacks from toolkits to toiletries, batteries to bookshelves. There's a toy section, cheap clothing, household paraphernalia and loads more - all at very cheap prices.
The shop is well laid-out with neat shelves and wide aisles, the staff are helpful and Quebec "Bonjour!" friendly.
What to buy: I was looking for a replacement pair of reading glasses - having somehow managed to sit on the pair I was travelling with (again). Here, by the check-out desks, was a whole rack of them in varying styles and strengths.
What to pay: Two Bucks! And they came with their own protective case.
There are numerous antique shops along this street as I discovered on my last morning in town...I went into only one at the corner of St Paul and Rue Navigateurs...
From what I noticed most of the anyique shops pretty much carry similar types of merchandise...and if you have an interest in beautiful old furniture and nick knacks then you'll enjoy a walk along this street..
This Shop has two different locations and seems that they both stock different artists even though they are owned and operated by the same people....
The shop on St Louis St. featured artists that had more of a modern kind of twist to they're work....the other shop on de Buade St. featured modern but with a traditional twist to it...so...
I ventured into both in fact...and I was really taken by a particular person's work ...his name Christian Bergeron...both galleries offer interesting works created by different artists of the Province of Quebec...
Best bet....go and see it....if ya like it ya like it....if not you dont...simple...
What to buy: There are in fact two addresses....the first is ...35 rue De Buade,Quebec City....the second location is at 39 rue St- Louis...
What to pay: These two galleries are not really low end work....and so expect to pay for it....
I looked at one piece that I really liked and it was not large...but beautiful work...it was priced at $ 2100.00...to give you an idea...
Whats up with Americans and dieting? Every week I read the health section in the AMNY local newspaper and theres a new diet, cleverly named, be born each week. Can anyone think up an order in which food can go in and than name it after themselves. I'm gonna make up my own diet, Chodearm's. It would be great to hear, "I'll pass on the Virginia ham, I'm on Chodearm" My diet would directly affect the rear-end. It will enlarge to unsighly proportions and in a few years you will be able to use your own cheeks as a shelf to carry bags of Idaho potatoes to all the Atkins famished weaklings. This bakery set along the bucolic round trip road on il' d'orleans, serves their carbs in great forms. Its a must stop to show Atkins all that was wrong with that stupid diet he made. Eat croissants, bunions and drink great coffee in protest and come join the millions of sucess stories of the Diet Chodearms.
What to buy: Cappucinos and Croissants, love 'em.
Try stopping in to a bakery, a deli, a fruit stand, buy a bottle of wine...have a picnic. We were charmed by the many people who do this on a bicycle on their way home at the end of the day. Everything we tasted was wonderful. Charming little shops.
They sell everthing to decorate the inside of a home, plants, flowers ( real and artificial)all types of artistic decoratios, staues and at this time of year Christmas decorations as can be seen in some pictures I have uploaded.
At this time of year they have ahuge miniature panorama of towns and villages. bush, railways ( push a button and they run on the tracks), ski hills and ski lifts and gondolas ( push a button and they operate. They even have the center of washington including the White House. All is in winter scenes covered in snow. Lights appear in all the town streets and the buildings. People and tour buses come from all over to see this great artistic work.
What to buy: Here it is decrations of all types.
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