Alright then! I’ll try to name all the attractions I can think of right now 🙂
– take 1 or 2 afternoons (depending on how active you want to be) to walk around the city. Popular areas include Rue St-Jean (next to Courtyard Marriott, lots of shops, cafes, boutique), rue St-Louis (very European looking), area surrounding Chateau Frontenac and city hall (for great pictures), Plains of Abraham (nice park but not a lot of things to do honestly), La Citadelle (great view because you can see the whole area from above).
One of the things I love to do is to walk from Chateau Frontenac to Place Royale (next to the ferry ramp). There are tons of shops and small museums and you can also feel like you’re in Europe. Lots of walking but I really like it, especially since I can take the ferry afterwards. The ferry will take 10 min to reach Levis (other side of the St. Lawrence River) (tickets can be bought there the same day). It’s unfortunate that lots of people forget to take the ferry since you get the best view of the city!
For shopping, I think the best place is Place Laurier/Place de la Cite/Place Ste-Foy. This shopping mall is located in the neighborhood of Sainte-Foy. If you take the bus, it should take you 20 min. Actually, there are 3 shopping malls so it’s like a big complex. However, you won’t find anything special other than the typical stores like Zellers, Old Navy, Futureshop, etc.
I don’t know which car rental company you’re planning on using, but I know there is an Enterprise sign next to the Hilton and Delta hotels. You should be able to find a nice hotel for 150$/night and you should definitely stay near downtown, especially since you won’t have a car.
There are also tons of restaurants in Quebec City, so I’m sure you’ll find something good! Have you ever tried poutine? You have to try it! I don’t think you’ll ever be able to find real poutine outside of Quebec and poutines in Ontario are just… horrible. You can always try poutine in Montreal, but I feel like Montreal’s best poutines are located a bit far from downtown. If I were you, I’d get a poutine from Ashton (local fast food chain). Their poutines are maybe not the best, but still strong (consistent) poutines.
I might have missed something for now, hopefully it’ll come back 🙂
Edit: Personally, I feel like the area south of Rue St-Jean is worth seeing while the area north of that street is kind of sketchy.