I enjoyed my trip to Québec City. As I mentioned in my previous post, when it comes to travel, you don’t have to twist my arm–I will jump on any excuse to not let my passport get dusty. You probably are waiting for me to say that Québec City is the Paris of North America without jet lag. Well, sorry to get your hopes up, but I don’t exactly agree with that statement. If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway outside the US, sure, enjoy Québec City. But having been to Paris—PARIS, Québec doesn’t compare to the sights, food, and culture of Paris. But what about the Parisian macaroons? Sure. You can find them in Paris and now just about anywhere in the US. I suggest you drop into Laudree in NYC. I will agree with travel experts that Québec City is a more cost effective option than Europe right now. None the less, Québec is a fun city to visit, a doable weekend adventure. I had a fun weekend city exploring and using a little French to order coffee and a croissant.
Where we Wined & Dined
Casse-Crêpe Breton While wandering the streets of Old Québec, we stopped to fill our hungry bellies at this great crepe restaurant. The David’s tea staff recommended Casse-Crêpe Breton over another place up the road. There was a wide variety of crepes, from savory to sweet. The restaurant has a cute atmosphere, the wait staff is dressed in costume and you can watch your crepes being prepared. Adam was manly and adventurous and ordered wild boar. I stuck with strawberries, maple syrup, chocolate and ice cream. This delicacy did not disappoint. I also ordered a delicious cheese fondue which came with the cutest, most delicious side salad.
Brûlerie Saint-Jean Brûlerie Saint-Jean was absolutely one of my favorite places, and I found it by chance! The first rainy windy morning we were in Quebec City, I wandered around looking for a great espresso. I simply went out the back door of our hotel and stumbled upon this place on the corner. I could smell the fresh roasted coffee from down the street. There was even a boulangerie on the same block. Win, win! I went every morning to both places. The espresso drinks reminded me of those in Europe. I would spend a lot of time and money in Brûlerie Saint-Jean if I lived in Quebec City.
Le Café Du Clocher Penché One night Adam stayed behind with Anthony. Ellynn, Melissa, and I went for a girls’ night out. I had been reading yelp reviews of restaurants all evening before our excursion. I couldn’t decide where to go, so I using my little French I asked our concierge for her recommendations from my top three choices. She told us to dine at Du Clocher Penché, a farm to fork locavore bistro which we walked to a few blocks from our hotel. We saw a lot of Quebecois dining and wining. Since we didn’t make a reservation, we sat at the bar which put us at a great spot to watch everything, meals made to order coming out of the kitchen and the cocktails being expertly prepared. This place was so great I am still thinking about the food. Good luck getting a table if you don’t have a reservation. The menu changes weekly due to the local produce and seasonal selections. This restaurant has high ratings but still allowed us to get a bit away from the touristy neighborhoods and dine with the local foodie crowd. Every meal was created by people who appreciate quality food. My kind of place! Du Clocher Penché made my night.
One of my favorite things to do when I am traveling is to visit markets so after dinner I strolled into a cute little grocery store/market. I found some imported European Swiss chocolate and maple cookies which we all munched on for dessert back at our hotel. Yum!
Pillard Bakery We stopped into Pillard Cafe and Boulangerie for some sweet treats and coffee. This is a great place for a quick croissant and coffee. They also have quick meal choices such as sandwiches and pizza.
Canadian Maple Delights Canadian Maple Delights is the place to pick up all your overpriced maple souvenirs and sample everything maple. On the second floor there is a free museum that educates you on the history of maple syrup. You can even have coffee sweetened with maple syrup. I had maple syrup taffy pop which is traditionally made by rolling maple syrup in the snow or ice, as in this café.
Where we Explored and Toured
Old City Quebec City is located in the St. Lawrence Valley, and this capital city runs along the beautiful St. Lawrence River. We explored and shopped in the historical Old City. Fun history fact (I promise this is not going to be a UNESCO World Heritage type post): The Old City is surrounded by walls because the English were trying to protect it back in the late 1700s from the Americans; Quebec City is the only walled city in North America. We had fun walking on the cobblestone streets and visiting little shops.
The Château Frontenac The Château Frontenac is a popular honeymoon hotel and probably one of the most photographed hotels in the world. I think if I were honeymooning in this region, I would like to a bit outside of the city, from a rental property that might be found on flipkey or airbnb—my two newest travel search sites!
Just for fun
Have you visited Québec City?
Do you have any fun trips planned this summer? Where is the next place you are traveling to?