If you’ve scrolled through my Quebec pictures and are now feeling inspired to make the trip yourself, this post is for you.
I’ve carefully selected some of my favourite places to eat and things to do, with the aim of creating a helpful travel guide.
We spent 4 days and 4 nights in the City, which was extremely relaxing and easily enough time. If you weren’t set on sleeping in and daily afternoon naps, you might head over during a long weekend. 3 days is more than plenty!
Best spots for breakfast
If you love crepes, you’ll want to hit up Le Billig. It’s located on Rue St. Jean, which is a bit of a walk, but entirely worth it. Plus, you’ll get a feel for the local culture (and avoid those tourist prices). The savoury crepes are super filling, but if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, I recommend the chocolate crepe with ice cream.
If quite bites and pastries are more your style, check out Paillard. The chocolate brioche will definitely tempt you as you want through the doors and make your way to the cashier.
Best spots for lunch or early dinner
We absolutely loved our meals at Aux Anciens Canadiens. It’s authentic Quebec cuisine that is flavourful, hearty, and definitely home made. Plus, the price point is excellent.
If you’re in the mood for some pizza, then head over to Piazetta. They’ve got a few locations so there should be a spot nearby. The salads are actually really good, and the thin crust pizza is crunchy and loaded with toppings.
Best spots for a later dinner
Romantic and family friendly
For excellent, gooey, warm fondue, you must check out Le Petit Chateau. The cheese fondue is mouthwateringly good and made up of Gruyere, Ethemental, and Swiss cheese. You will most definitely be asking for a couple extra pieces of bread for dipping. They offer a three course menu for about $35 each. The chocolate fondue is paired with fresh fruit and marshmellows, while the meat fondue (we chose chicken and beef) comes with a baked potato, salad, and a variety of sauces.
Plus, if you’re waiting for a reservation you can stop on over at the Chateau Frontenac for a drink.
Romantic and for the foodie
The skill and creativity at Restaurant L’Initiale will blow you away. So will the prices. But, if food is something you’re into, then you will appreciate the fine ingredients and thoughtful food pairings. The fish I had was absolutely delicious, and the service is impeccable. I highly recommend it.
Romantic, family friendly, and cost effective
Bistro 1640 is a great little spot in the upper old city. The selection of entrees are all classic french dishes, and I highly recommend the duck confit or beef bourguinon.
1. Cruise through the lower old city. Peer through the shop windows, stop in at the cafes for a maple-syrup inspired drink, and breath in the perfectly preserved french culture.
2. Head on over to the Citadel to test out their new interactive museum and go on a guided tour through the fortress guarded by the Royal 22e Regiment. Even if you aren’t a history buff, the museum presents everything through short stories, interactive games, videos, and hands-on artifacts.
3. Walk over to Avenue Cartier and down Rue St. Jean. The streets are lined with ice cream shops, chocolate shops, and local restaurants – and they’re packed with Quebec locals. If you want culture, there is no shortage of it here.
4. Head on down to the port and peak into the farmers market. There is a wealth of local culture in here, from homemade products such as pasta and chocolates, to handmade gifts. Stop in for breakfast and grab a maple-sugar coated crepe, and then pick up a few fresh maple products for souvenirs. Medium-maple syrup for the win.
5. Montmorency Falls – it’s a bit of a hike, but you can take the bus all the way to the entrance. Spend the day riding the gondola, or walk down to the various gazebos and lookout at the massive natural waterfall.
PS – if you’re looking for a hotel, I highly recommend the Hotel Port-Royal. The rooms were spacious, the bathrooms were sleek and modern, and the location is unbeatable.
The Chateau Frontenac is always a great place to stay as well, provided you’ve got the pennies to back you up 😉
Any one else have suggestions? Comment below if you would like to share.