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Essential Québec City

This charming walled city has oodles of Old World appeal.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  Find a francophile mecca, with fairy-tale turrets and cobblestoned streets made for romance—or an ideal family getaway.

Tips:  Nobody embraces winter with more brio than Canadians, and traveling to Quebec City during the snowy off-peak season has distinct... more »

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Points of Interest

Don’t be put off by the waitstaff outfitted in period style—even local taxi drivers swear by this restaurant for home-style Québécois dishes such as duck braised in maple syrup sauce and pheasant served with pork and beans.

Address:
34 Rue St.-Louis
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 692-1627

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Quebec’s answer to American Apparel—a source for eco-friendly basics like perfectly fitting tees and baby-soft hoodies, all made in the province.

Address:
223 Rue St.-Joseph E.
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 977-6718

Recently renovated 1893 landmark hotel set above the St. Lawrence River within the walls of Old Quebec. Aristocrat-worthy furnishings, such as carved headboards and antique tapestries, make up for the minuscule size of some rooms.

Address:
1 Rue des Carrieres
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(866) 540-4460

A formerly gritty Holiday Inn, the property fits right into rapidly gentrifying St.-Roch. Interiors are awash in charcoal grays and stark whites, with graffiti-inspired art, mod Japanese soaking tubs, and windows that look out onto surrounding steeples.

Address:
395 Rue de la Couronne
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(800) 267-2002

The oldest grocer on the continent stocks English teas, French soaps, and picnic fixings (our favorites: wild boar sausage and a wedge of locally made Cumulus cheese).

Address:
699 Rue St.-Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 522-0685

In the heart of St.-Roch, this warehouse-like restaurant morphs into a dynamic performance space after dark. Events range from poetry slams, film screenings, and DJ sets to concerts by folk and indie bands from around the country.

Address:
228 and 226 1 / 2 St-Joseph Est St.
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 948-7648

In a town brimming with boulangeries, Paillard stands head and shoulders above the rest: manned by a Parisian master baker, it turns out whisper-light patisserie, sandwiches on crusty baguettes, and irresistible vanilla-pear jam.

Address:
1097 Rue St.-Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 692-1221

At this classic crêperie, locals line up for piping-hot cider.

Address:
1029 Rue St.-Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 694-0758

The stately 19th-century façade of the St.-Antoine doesn’t give away what’s behind it: a modern boutique hotel, complete with sharply dressed concierges and an up-tempo lobby soundtrack. But the history of the former maritime warehouse is inscribed in its walls. Shards of blue delft and ancient vial stoppers—all uncovered during the... More

10. Patinoire de la Place d’Youville

The skating rink at Place d’Youville, in windswept Upper Town, is always packed.

Address:
Place d’Youville
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 641-6256

The foie gras is seared, whipped into a pâté, and stuffed into supple dumplings/

Address:
54 Rue St.-Pierre
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(418) 694-1818