Visiting Île d’Orléans is probably one of the better ways to experience the rural charm of Quebec City. Located about fifteen minutes away, Île d’Orléans is an island that contains six mini provinces that all have historic significance. The island contains thousands of gardens, including one designated solely to lavender. Numerous activities are available in this petite region and most depend on season. Open year round is the famous Cassis Monna & Filles, a wine tasting and food haunt that encapsulates a little bit of the island’s magic.
Fries, gravy, and cheese curds. One of the dishes that make up the ‘national palate’ of Canada, poutine is a bit of a staple and crux. Quebec City isn’t exempt from this, and they have some of the best places in the entire country to try poutine. Locals say you should head to the Chic Shack, which is located in the bustle of the city.
Chic Shack, 15 Rue du Fort, Québec, Canada, +1 418-692-1485
The Musee de la Civilisation is an interactive and multi-faceted museum that incorporates the audience with the artwork. Being one of Quebec City’s oldest and most popular museums, the exhibitions fluctuate year-round, but the museum curators focus on Quebec’s history and the modern world. This museum is highly interactive, entertaining, and beautiful.
Musee de la Civilisation, 85 Rue Dalhousie, Québec City, Canada, +1 418-643-2158
Place Royale is the exact location where the city was established in the early seventeenth century. Today, Place Royale is a city square where some of the oldest history in Canada and North America is preserved. The square contains multiple ancient churches and modern boutiques and shops.
As much as history has shaped the culture of Quebec City, drinking has been much a part of this relationship. Beer and breweries in Quebec City are held to a high standard, and La Korrigane is one of the best. Brewing their own beer and serving it strictly within their building, La Korrigane creates exceptional brews while serving it in their authentic and quaint storefront.
La Korrigane, 380 Rue Dorchester, Québec, Canada, +1 418-614-0932
Away from the bustle (tourism) of the Old Quebec City, Saint-Roch, one of the best streets in the region, offers Quebec authenticity. There are numerous shops, restaurants and art galleries lining the streets of Saint-Roch. One of the best night-time activities in the area is eating and attending a show at Le Cercle.
The Plains of Abraham is one of several historical parks in the city. However, Plains of Abraham is significant as the site of the irrevocable battle between the French and the British in the mid eighteenth century. Depending on weather, the park is ideal for a scenic walk, lounge or picnic.
Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, Canada, +1 418-648-3506
The Morrin Centre is a unique blend of museum, library and culture center that is dedicated to the English language. Tailored to both Francophone and Anglophone peoples, the Morrin Centre is a fabulous edifice in combining both Quebec and Canada’s history to the larger world. Unique as this center is to a predominantly French-speaking city, the Morrin Centre possesses a great amount of local history as it occupies a former prison.
Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Québec, Canada, +1 418-694-9147
Marche du Vieux-Port is Quebec City’s largest and most dedicated farmers market. There’s a surplus of local produce, wine, cheese, bread, pastries etc; Marche du Vieux-Port is not only ideal for grocery shopping and tasting, but it’s a foodies haven with hot lunches. Moreover, one could piece together a meal very easily with the quality goods of the market.
Marche du Vieux-Port, 160 Quai Saint-André, Quebec City, Canada, +1 414-692-2517
Located in the cool and popular Saint-Roch district, Le Clocher Penché is a farm-to-table café bistro. The menu changes based on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, but the menu is usually in the form of bistro cuisine. Le Clocher Penché has gained recent popularity as the Saint-Roch district has gained attention; however, the fare itself is reason enough for reputation.
Le Clocher Penché, 203 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, Canada, +1 418-640-0597