Travel Guide: Quebec City, Canada

Travel-Guide-Quebec-City

By: Lisa Ng

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I flew back to Toronto last month to attend Paul’s cousin’s wedding in Kingston. They had this amazing pie instead of a wedding cake and we cruised into the sunset through the 1000 Islands.

But before the festivities, I booked a trip to Quebec City with my sister Amy and spent a fun week eating and exploring our way through La Belle Province and even stopped at this unique spa on a boat on our way home. Quebec City is currently ranked the no. 1 destination in Canada by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the walled city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure. Here are a few of our travel tips for Quebec City:

Quebec-Bridge

Getting There – From Toronto there are direct flights on Porter and Air Canada. Otherwise, you can connect from any other city via Montreal. Honda Canada was nice enough to lend us a brand new Honda CRV, so we chose to make a sisters road trip out of it. We left at around 10 AM after the traffic died down and the drive takes about 9 hours. We took our time, made lots of stops along the way including:

Big-Apple-Cobourg

A visit to The Big Apple in Cobourg

Hotel-71-Quebec

Where to Stay – We stayed at two very different properties and I would recommend them both depending on what you are looking for. Hotel 71 is a hip boutique hotel that reminds me of a Kimpton. The rooms feel like a chic apartment loft and there’s a decent Italian restaurant, complimentary bike rentals and all the Nespresso you can drink in their cozy coffee lounge.

Hotel-71-Bikes

The Hilton Quebec is a larger conference-type hotel with over 500+ rooms and more competitive pricing as a result. There is a heated year-round swimming pool, fitness facilities, business centre and a fantastic view at the top of Old Quebec.

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Where to Eat – If you’re looking for a fancy blowout French-inspired dinner, look no further than Panache Restaurant inside the Auberge Saint-Antoine. Book the elaborate and epic tasting menu and you will not be disappointed.

Casse-Crepe-Breton

If you have a craving for a crepes or just a nice, light and healthy lunch – check out Le Casse-Crepe Breton in Old Quebec. Their salad dressing is killer and a secret recipe.

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For a lovely lunch or brunch option, try Le Petit Cochon Dingue where Amy and I feasted on a decadent Lobster Salad and Shrimp Roll.

Shrimp-Roll-Quebec

Shrimp Roll from Le Petit Cochon Dingue

Poutine-Chez-Ashton

Eat a Poutine – If you’ve haven’t had a poutine before, I personally think that Chez Ashton’s makes a pretty decent fast food poutine. I opted for the hot dog option (which I paid for later), but you can be a purist and just go straight up poutine.

Chateau-Frontenac

See the Chateau Frontenac – they recently completed a $75 million+ renovation of this old historic hotel. It’s definitely worth a walk through. After you’re done, take a ride down the Funicular and walk the shops in Petit Champlain.

Funicular-Quebec

Putting the FUN in Funicular!

Simons-Quebec

Where to Shop – Whenever I venture into Quebec I shop at Simons. It’s like a French H&M with great prices and ultra on-trend pieces. They have a fantastic swimwear selection and a house label called Twik for all your basic tees and tanks. Otherwise, a stroll through the streets of Old Quebec will reveal all sorts of lovely boutiques and artisan shops. If you have access to car, drive out to a shopping mall like Laurier Quebec and Place Ste. Foy for your favourite Canadian brands.

Quebec-Aquarium

Visit The Quebec Aquarium – The Aquarium du Quebec was even better than I could have imagined. It was part indoor aquarium, but also set up like an outdoor zoo with polar bears, walruses and seals.

Aquarium-Quebec

You’ll be amazed at all the wildlife here and it’s nice to take a sightseeing break and relax here.

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  • James Cummings

    I like fougasse personally

  • SandyT

    I love Coq Au Vin!! 🙂

  • Marisa Talarico

    Hands down, the best French comfort food is a big warm dish of Ratatouille, fresh out of the oven!

  • Jeannie

    Oh boy! I think my favourite french dish would have to be Moules Marinières

  • AwesomeJennJenn

    My favourite dish is, obviously, the poutine! Love those squeaky cheese curds!

  • Em Vee

    creme brulee or crepe but then again i like beef bourguignon
    whoops can’t pick one

  • L. Lum

    Foie gras!

  • Bev

    Hi Lisa! I enjoyed your post. I would love to visit Chateau Frontenac someday. My favorite french dish is ragoût de pattes de porc (Pig’s trotter stew). Yum!

  • Doris Qamar

    Hi Lisa, I visited Quebec city for the first time last October/November and I loved it! I will keep your post for my next visit, since I did not see all the places you mentioned.
    My favorite french dish is poisson meunière, a la Julia Child.

  • ek03yr

    I don’t know how “French” it is but I quite enjoy French onion soup!

  • Bree

    A couple of my favorite french dishes are ratatouille and crepes!

  • Croissants! Especially with chocolat!

  • Rebecca Yap

    Brioche and creme brulee, hands down favourite!

  • lori b

    ooh does, Poutine count? 🙂

  • ginette4

    I’m a subscriber;
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    My favourite french dish; well I have a few; crepes and tourtiere!

  • kunaalj

    Croissants keep me going.

  • Lauren Clift

    Poutine and Crepes are classics, so simple but so delicious! I am also a big fan of smoked meat sandwiches from Montreal, just typing about them makes my mouth water 😉

  • Chantel Taylor

    Ooh éclairs or madelalines

  • Cindy Babcock

    I love quiche! My husbands favorite French Canadian dish is tortiere, and he has fond memories of drinking hot chocolate every morning in France.

  • Gilbert Marcoux

    My favorite French dish is Aligot. If you don’t know what it is look it up and if you’ve never tried it, make some. It’s amazing!

  • Lindsay O

    My favourite french dish is creme brûlée. Yum.

  • Alice H.

    Crepes! Sweet or savoury…love them all! Completed both steps. Thanks for the contest!

  • Jeggstar

    French… FRIES!

  • macaroons! They’re a nice treat

  • mary

    Eclairs. Mmmmmmmm

  • disqus_WzBYkUHjuT

    poutine and montreal deli sandwiches

  • Moongazing

    My favourite french dish is Tourtiere pie.

  • Cory

    My favorite French dish is quiche. 🙂

  • Courtney

    Poutine or montreal smoked meat sandwiches!

  • Cory Silver

    Does poutine count as a French dish? 🙂 But having a nice savoury crepe is also my favourite.

  • Tyler Anthony

    Do Macarons count as a dish? They sure all yummy.

  • Tom

    Ratatouille is one of my favourite all time French dishes!

  • Kate P.

    I know it’s just bread but a good crisp baguette is so lovely. Especially warm from the oven and it tastes just like butter!

  • Darwin

    Duck a l’orange!

  • jessica chan

    Montreal smoked meat sandwich is amazing!

  • teeslee

    My favourite is quiche and Montreal smoked meat sandwich.

  • Radhika K

    poutine!

  • Mmm…good brie and crusty bread…amazing!

  • Bouillabaisse with macarons for dessert!!

  • Chris Kraemer

    Poutine!

  • Would poutine really count as a French dish because it IS my favourite? Otherwise, macaroons!

  • Vickie Taplin

    I’m with Kraemer – POUTINE!!!!

  • Sandra Huh

    This was awesome since we are about to travel there for Canada Day week 🙂

    I love love love Salad Niçoise and can’t beat a really well made Quiche Lorraine!

  • catdfraser

    Beignets! at Cafe Du Monde

  • Clare

    Crepes are my fave!

  • Renee76

    I have recently fallen for brioche. I want to put everything on toasted brioche.

  • I adore a good Tortiere.

  • Sophia

    I can never say no to a good bowl of moules marinières!

  • debbie p

    Mine is poutine just love it.

  • Brenda Penton

    My favourite is Cassoulet

  • Oaks

    Poutine…every day all day haha

  • Victoria Ess

    My favourite French dish is Crepes.

  • flowerchild23

    Subscribed
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    My favorite is poutine.
    thanks

  • Russell Porter

    Poutine. Love that Stuff. 🙂

  • KristenLyndsey

    Favourite french food has to be quiche!

  • Michelle B

    I already subscribe to your weekly newsletter. My favorite French food is Poutine!

  • Leah Leitch

    Lovely site, will be exploring more for sure! My favorite french food is tourtiere! Very French, non?

  • stacey dempsey

    I was already susbscribed but I just resubscribed as you are changing your platform . My favorite French food is Grand-Pères (maple syrup dumplings ) so yummy

    • Lisa Ng

      Congratulations on being our winner Stacey! Please email me Lisa@ThisBeautifulDayBlog.com in the next 72 hours with your Canadian shipping address to claim your prize!

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        OMG thank you so much I am emailing you now

  • Tricia Cooper

    I just reconfirmed my subscription to your Newsletter.

    My favourite French dish is Tourtière.

  • Mark Gordon Brown

    Crème brûlée

  • Josh

    poutine is my favourite french dish.

  • christina07

    my favorite French dish is ratatouille

  • Car Allen

    ahhhh….poutine!!! Love it!

  • Theresa M

    My favorite French dish is Poutine.

  • bluebird

    I have to say that poutine is my favorite. It’s très delicious.

  • Rebby Roberts

    I absolutely love a delish croissant with butter! I subscribe 🙂
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