Post # 1
Hey has anyone spent some time in Quebec City? We are going up there for almost a week this summer and would love to hear some suggestions for things to see and do. This is one area of Canada that I know nothing of, so any input would be truly appreciated. thanks bees!
Post # 3
I’ve spent a few vacations there, though none longer than 4 days. Must-sees: the boardwalk along the river, the Chateau Frontenac (large beautiful hotel on the water, you’ll probably use it as a navigation point), any and all of the historic landmarks around the old city, and the funiculaire that gets you from the lower New city up to the Old.
The Old city is extremely walkable, no vehicle needed (but comfy shoes are a MUST). Take advantage of any restaurant deals that involve prix fixe, meaning you pay a flat amount for your meal. These are typically 3-4 courses and include a wine selection, and shouldn’t run you more than 20-25 dollars CA per person. If you plan to tour the Citadel, head there first and then make your way back through the city — it’s a great reverse-walk that many never do, and you can take advantage of some vistas that some never see!
Two things to see/do outside the city itself: the Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre, and Montmorency Falls. The basilica is gorgeous and the history of it is fascinating, even for the non-religious like myself. And the falls… well, they’re worth the drive and then some (go on a nice day; the effect is somewhat ruined in the rain).
Are you planning to stay in the Old or New City?
I can give some more specific information if you’d like, just let me know.
Post # 4
BostonBaby’s information is quite accurate.
Try and get a hotel in the old part of the city if you can, or it not, stay near there, preferably on Rue Grande Allée, near the Porte St-Louis (entrance to the old part of Québec City).
You’ll find plenty of nice bars on Grande Allée.
The great thing is that you can walk and decide on tours that you want to take right there on the spot. Bring a sweater even if it’s summer… it can get quite windy over there. You won’t necessarily need it, but better safe than sorry!
People are very friendly, but a few words in French will get you a long way, service wise.
I lived there for a year, so if you have specific questions, you can also PM me.
I’m sure you’ll love Québec city!
Post # 5
We stayed in an AWESOME B&B called Le Petit Roi. It was great, I highly recommend it! It isn’t inside the old city, but about a 5-10 minute walk there. This means the prices are more reasonable!
Spend a lot of money on food. It is absolutely amazing there. My #1 recommendation is to have the strawbery pie at Le Petit Couchon Dingue!!! I get some every time I am in Quebec City.
Enjoy! It’s a great place!
Post # 6
it’s absolutely gorgeous! and there is so much to do, not only in quebec city but the whole surrounding area.
i was actually there for a few days in the winter a few years ago, more for the skiing, but we spent a day in quebec city, and i totally agree – the old city is the place to be. there are so many little shops and it feels like you walked into an early settlement with the cobblestone.
Post # 7
oooh you guys are getting me so excited to visit quebec!! We are staying at the hotel Clos Saint-Louis in a beautiful room. I think we have a two room suite, and I can’t wait! This is actually going to serve as our honeymoon. We were going to go to Italy but we are both in school and couldn’t get the time away this summer. Someone suggested Quebec City as it is supposed to have a European feel. Please feel free to continue to mention any other must see details. I would love to hear about any beautiful parks, quaint coffee or breakfast houses, or even local shops…anything…I am taking notes 🙂
Post # 8
My favorite bar that was in the old city is now closed, but there’s another one.. If you want to learn about Québec music (other than Céline Dion, which is NOT Québec music by the way!), try to visit the bar “Les Voutes de Napoléon” on Grande Allée. Your Hotel is on St-Louis, so you just head on St-Louis towards the door St-Louis, and you’ll be on Grande Allée. It’s a 10 minute walk, tops.
You’ll have great beer and live traditional music, in a bar where all the walls are stones.. Pretty cool.
Oh, and have some local beer. Blanche de Chambly, or La Maudite..
All brewed in Québec (the province). If you enjoy beer, it’s a good place to try some.
There was a little coffee place that I really liked back in the day.. I don’t know if it’s still there, but it’s called Le Temporel. Mostly locals go there, but it’s cute, artsy, and they have amazing desserts.
Post # 9
prairyway, thanks for starting this thread; I like your taste in honeymoons!
I too will be honeymooning in Quebec City and staying in a boutique hotel in the lower town (Germain).
Thanks for the suggestions of the waterfall place and the Basillica.
I’d love to hear everyone’s favourite restaurants.
Post # 10
Another Bee was suggestion le Cochon Dingue for a restaurant. I’ve personally never been there, but it’s a famous restaurant.
Also, try La Crêperie Bretonne.
And, less classy and healthy, but you can’t go to Québec without trying a poutine… Ashton is the place to go for that.
Post # 11
My favorite restaurant is in the Old City, on rue Saint-Louis (it’s near the Frontenac, about a block away), called Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens. This little gem is cozy and warm on rainy days, and pleasantly historic in nice weather. The servers are well-mannered, attentive, and typically bilingual.
I recommend this place for lunch, as it serves pricey and unusual fare (i.e. bison, stag, caribou, etc.) for dinner. The lunch special is around $20, and includes a glass of house wine or beer, soup of the day, main course, and dessert. My personal favorite is the house red paired with the pheasant leg, and the maple syrup pie.
Around this same area you’ll find a substantial number of coffee houses, patisseries, and cafes. There is no singular one to recommend above the rest, since I’ve sampled most and found all of them adequate at the very least. Many places will have all of their windows and doors open in the summer months, and just be sure to observe general street etiquette and not gawk at the patrons of these places (it’s easy to do… the food on their plates is usually very tempting to look at!).
Quebec has an old-world, charming European flair, but the people are extremely proud of their Canadian location. Well, they are now… my first visit was over a decade ago during the secession riots! As mentioned by a PP, a few polite French words will work wonders, though use of English is common enough.
Now I miss Quebec City!