The beautiful old district of Quebec offers a great view on the Chateau Frontenac. Strolling around, you can find various churches, monuments, pretty squares, and as you move towards the Quartier Petit Champlain you can feel the true spirit of Quebec. Be sure to visit all the little shops and restaurants along the way.
The Quartier Petit Champlain successfully mixes modernity and history, in an area full of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants where you can spend a very enjoyable day. As you walk the cobblestone roads, you will without a doubt understand that this is the oldest neighborhood in North America
Basse-Ville is the most Parisian-looking neighborhood of Quebec. Enter one of the many bistros or take a stroll through the quaint little alleys as you listen to the various street musicians. Apart from relaxing, you can stop at some of the many different shops that sell all kinds of goods, from clothing to souvenirs.
When visiting Quebec City, learning about the history of this timeless city in the citadel is a must. The location is still used as an active military installation. Don't miss the summer change of the guard at 10:00 (June 24 through the 1st Monday of September). To visit, guided tours are mandatory, but these are very entertaining and interactive.
Experience the city at night with a ghostly walking tour that will take you through the old part of Quebec. The tour revolves around Marie as she tells the story of her life and death, and the crimes and punishment during her time in Quebec City. Along the way, several other characters will pop up and greet you. It is an experience you will never forget.
In the heart of the shopping district lies the iconic Basilique Cathedrale, its architecture inspired by the large French cathedrals. As you walk inside, you are confronted with an impressive altar and its golden trimmings shining brightly in the light. Photos simply cannot capture the true beauty of this church.
Located in Battlefields Park, the Museum of Fine Arts has a lot to offer. It is a combination of beauty and style: on the outside you can see the vast green pastures of the park and inside you can marvel at the astonishing art pieces. The building itself is a grand work of art.
The Morrin Centre offers an incredible glimpse of the history of Quebec City. It used to function as a prison but eventually became a language college. Explore the area with a guided tour and visit the old jail cells and the Victorian library. Some of the artifacts there date back as far as the 16th century.
Sit within the stone walls of a 19th century warehouse, lying next to a beautiful water stream, for an unforgettable meal. The talented chef is there to dazzle you with his upmarket European farm-inspired food, local products and impressive wine menu, making it a spectacular must in Quebec City.
Experience Nordic cuisine and get introduced to various kinds of fish caught and prepared according to traditional ways, game meats rich in nutrients and interesting accompaniments, such as forest berries packed with vitamins. The goal of this bistro is to promote responsible harvest and consumption, all the while offering incredible meals.
Modern and sleek, with an obvious urban inspiration in the style and decor, Conti Caffè is a modern restaurant offering gorgeous meals of a revisited Italian cuisine. Although relatively pricey, the place is definitely not a tourist trap and is worth it for its great service as much as its fine food.
Les Frères de la Côte is a friendly and warm bistro-style pizzeria. It offers specialties from Provence - including the surprisingly appetizing horse flank steak - and France more generally - don't miss the mussels and fries buffet from Sunday to Wednesday. For sunnier days, it also offers a very pleasant terrace.
Have you always wanted to try snails, bouillabaisse or tartare (yes, we mean raw meat) but never dared? This is your chance! At Le Café du Monde, discover specialties from the Hexagone (France's nickname) like you thought only the French could make. The atmosphere is resolutely Parisian and the staff always pleasant.
Restaurant Hobbit Bistro is a quaint bistro in the middle of Quebec City, with a Tolkien inspired atmosphere, as indicated by the name. A friendly and attentive staff is standing by to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. Book in advance, as this place is popular.
Ciccio offers an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, personalized and attentive service and inspired cuisine, because it firmly believes that this is what separates a merely delicious meal and an unforgettable experience. Try this Italian restaurant and you will surely not regret it.
Le Monastère des Augustines is both a hotel and a restaurant, and is totally and deeply committed to wellness and health. Not surprisingly, it therefore offers mindful dishes in a wide variety, from raw and vegetarian dishes, to fish, poultry and meat. The restaurant is accessible even if you do not stay at the hotel, and the whole place is gorgeous.
If you are looking for a cheap eat, but have no interest in greasy fast-food, Soupe & Cie might be the answer. You can eat a wide variety of soups (all coming in huge portions) from all over the world, but also some dishes and desserts, in this nice eatery that also offers a really cool atmosphere.
Despite a limited online presence, Les Cafés du Soleil is one of the coolest and coziest coffee shop in Québec. With its large variety of freshly roasted beans coming in the form of cappuccino, espresso, latte or drip coffee, it will please all manner of coffee addicts. Tea lovers are not left out though, with over 30 different types of loose leaf teas to choose from.
Nektar Caféologue is the trendiest coffee shop in Quebec City, for it serves the most innovative and high quality coffee creations. The owners and baristas are passionate about coffee and want to share this love with their customers. The beans used here come from all over the world to create an explosion of tastes.
Le Renard et la Chouette offers a different concept from its counterparts. It is of course a coffee shop, but also the place to have a bite to eat - sweet or savoury, both are great - or a nice glass of wine. The baked goods are homemade and the little dishes irresistible.
Chez Temporel takes the French café-croissant to a new level and gives it a Canadian twist. The croissants are as crispy and buttery as one could hope, and the artists and students who frequent the place sure know it. Added bonus: the food options go way beyond French pastries and include quiches and salads, among others.
Coffees, original cold drinks, pastries (try the Macaroons), sandwiches and even ice-creams are on display in La Maison Smith. It is therefore one of the best spots in town to hang out with friends and family, from the freezing winter days of Quebec City to the sunny summer afternoons.
La Piazz Boîte à Chansons - literally translated as "Singing box" - is a perfect spot for an evening of live singing and fun, with a great atmosphere every night. If you feel brave enough (or already had a few drinks) you can go on stage and take the mic yourself.
If you prefer to put your feet up, have a beer and just relax while looking at the busy street life of Quebec City, this is the place to be. There is a great selection of food and beverages and if it's too cold outside, enjoy the typical pub atmosphere inside with the classic wooden chairs and tables, a dark mahogany bar and a kilt-clad staff.
St. Patrick is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of the capital, easily recognizable by its colorful Irish flags flying outside. Make sure to be there before rush hour, because it is a very popular location, especially when hosting live music. Expect to find local brews and a menu ranging from burgers to poutine.
Sit among locals and tourists from all over the world, and let the live music lighten up your evening. At Fou-Bar you can choose between local craft beers and other drinks, as well as some tapas or small snacks. On a busy night you might be sitting shoulder to shoulder, but it is all about being together as one.
Galeries de la Capitale is the largest shopping complex in Quebec and the busiest in the region. The center has many shops and restaurants, the largest Cineplex IMAX cinemas in the country and a full indoor amusement park: the Mega Park. With 19 rides, such as an Olympic skating rink, a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, a climbing wall, miniature golf and more, it is not to be missed.
Benjo is a unique toy store in the inner city of Quebec offering all kinds of toys, games and stuffed animals, but also fun activities. You cannot miss the entrance, carefully guarded by a giant green frog standing outside. Whatever your kids (or your inner child) may want, they most probably have it in stock.
Laurier Québec is the largest mall in Quebec City, located near two other malls: a true shopping trap. You can also find tons of possibilities to eat and relax in one of the many eateries and quick food places. It is a nice hang if you want to do all your shopping at once, or for a rainy day.
Galerie d'Art Factory is an impressive gallery right in the heart of Quebec City. It is owned by the artists themselves, which means you can talk directly to them and find out more about each piece. If a specific piece of art sparks your interest you can buy it right away. The gallery features examples of most genres, as well as some unconventional pieces.
No crazy indoor roller coasters or expensive brand stores here, but rather a unique hat store with an expert staff to help you adorn your head. Many tourists go in with the intention of just looking, but come out holding 1 or 2 items. It is both the atmosphere and the warm people working there that contribute to a memorable experience.
The Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) is located about 7 miles west of the city. The Réseau du Transport de la Capitale (RTC) offers public transportation (bus No. 78) from the airport to the Les Saules bus terminal from Monday to Friday. Taxi and can rental companies can also be found at the airport for convenient transport to the city.
The Réseau de Transport de la Capitale (RTC) is responsible for public transport in the region. They have buses to all parts of Quebec City. You can buy tickets in drugstores, convenience stores and pharmacies. An inter-city bus station, with connections to the provincial long-distance bus network, is adjacent to the train station. The services of Greyhound Canada and Orleans Express, among others. Rail transport is operated by VIA Rail at the Gare du Palais.