Quebec City is the perfect blend of New Orleans meets Paris, from the brightly colored buildings and cobble stone streets to the French colonial style building and homes. Quebec City is a must for the traveler looking to relax, eat great food, and experience the beauty of nature and the outdoors (although, I’m not one for the latter). Every corner of Old Quebec is complete with awe-inspiring architecture and picturesque views.
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In case you are wondering, I took 95% of my pictures with my handy-dandy tripod and cell-phone (live-view mode), which is genius for the Canon T6i. Quebec City is a very safe neighborhood, so aside from the weird stares while shooting, your camera is safe.
Tip: the town is sleeping at 7:30am, so if you head out early; you will be able to beat the crowds because, trust me, there ARE crowds.
L’îlot des Palais
Don’t worry about the crowds at this architectural museum. Although very safe, this area is secluded and you may be a bit weary if traveling alone but for the shot, it’s worth it! Here are the pictures I took on the lawn of the museum. P.S. there is a three-story thrift shop nearby that I will tell you more about later so keep reading.
If you get a chance to visit île d’Orléans, visit île d’Orléans. It is the rural island of Quebec city filled with vineyards, wineries, orchards, farms, and beautiful nature. I will share with you a few of the wineries I visited below! Here are the photos I took in front of the oldest home on the Island.
Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau | 1868 Chemin Royal, Saint-Pierre, QC G0A 4E0, Canada
Cassis Monna & Filles | 1225 Chemin Royal, Saint-Pierre, QC G0A 4E0, Canada
Rue Porche and Rue Saint Pierre
So the great thing about this street is, there is no automobile and little foot traffic. I was able to catch these great shots in the middle of the day with my tripod! This alley reminded me so much of New Orleans; what do you think ?
In front of Chez Jules
This is one of the locations that you will need to arrive very early to. This is perhaps one of the busiest streets (areas) in Quebec City as it is near the bus stop and next door to the Tourist Information Center!
Here are the shots I captured after I became more familiar with my camera/tripod set up!
Rue du Peitit Champlain
8:00 am arrival is best for the best shots on this popular tourist street! How beautiful is this street?
This bubblegum pink hotel was the perfect location for a photo-shoot. I arrived around 4 pm, after visiting the Quebec Market (directly across the street), and was able to capture some great shots! What was even better about this location was that it was “crowd-free”.
Corner of Rue Notre Dame and Cote de la Montange
I found this gem while taking the tour bus back to my hotel. This is the absolute perfect location for a photo-shoot! Don’t be weirded out when you arrive because it’s is a parking lot! Scout the area and you will avoid car traffic and parked cars!
St Antoine and Dalhousie
Rue St Paul
Getting Around Quebec City
Here’s one tip that will really help you understand how to get around Quebec City: Old Quebec is separated into upper town and lower town areas. These levels are separated by The Funiculaire, Steps, or a steep hill. There are three ways, I’ve found, to get you from the upper to lower level of Quebec City.
The Funiculaire – for $3 one way and a line, during peak hours, you can take this “elevator” to the lower or upper part of Quebec City. I’d only recommend this if you are short for time or want to avoid steps and hills going up.
The Steps – these are a quick way down to the lower part of Old Quebec and located on the far left side of The Funiculaire.
The Hill or Cote de la Montagne – if you want a more scenic route and view of the Montmorency Park National Historical Site and Monument de Monseigneur Francois de Lavel you can take this route.
Instagrammable Places to Eat for Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Québécois Cuisine
Le Cochon Dingue | 46 Boulevard Champlain Québec, QC G1K 4E8 Canada
Le Cochon Dingue is located right off one of the most beautiful alleyways/streets in Old Quebec – Petit Champlain. A Quebecois Local recommended Le Cochon Dingue for breakfast in Old Quebec. This restaurant has 100% Québécois cuisine restaurant. I ordered the most popular dish on the menu: the Charlevoix, which was a plate of cheese eggs w/ spinach, fried potatoes, and ½ waffle with fresh fruit (I added a side of bacon). This wasn’t my favorite meal while in Quebec but I’d recommend it for ambiance & service; I’d give it a solid 6 stars.
Buffet de L’Antiquaire | Rue Saint-Paul, Québec City, QC, Canada
Can we say BREAKFAST all-day; this was my type of restaurant! I ordered a semi-tradition meal sans the beans and over-easy-egg! My dish consisted of fried potatoes, bacon, fried eggs, and a tomato ( I added French Toast) – do you get the theme here? This meal was accompanied with apple juice and great service! I’d give it a solid 9 stars.
Au Petit Coin Breton | 1029 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1R9, Canada
My mouth is watering just thinking about the crepe I ate at Au Petit Coin Breton! This was a quaint little restaurant off of Rue Saint-Jean with a very traditional interior; the waitresses dressed in cute costumes. I ordered the Strawberry & Chocolate Crepe w/ Ice Cream and was offered a choice between the petite or large crepe; I ordered the large which was the size of my head. This was the best crepe I’ve had in my life, no exaggeration! The large is enough for 2 people or one realllly hungry person! I’d give this meal a solid 10 stars!
Chic Shack | 15 Fort St, Québec City, QC G1R 3Z8, Canada
Can I say I was pleasantly surprised by my meal at Chic Shack? I ordered the Poutine which is a traditional Québécois meal; you will see this on the menu of almost every restaurant in Quebec. Poutine is a dish consisting of fried potatoes, cheese curds, and brown gravy. I order the Braised beef with red beer, parmesan, cheese curds, pickled onions, horseradish aioli, and fresh herbs; this dish was mouthwateringly delicious! I’d give it a solid 9 stars!
Artefact Bar | 10 Rue Saint Antoine Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4C9 Rue Saint Antoine, Québec, QC G1K 4C9, Canada
You will thank me for this later! This bar is located adjacent to Chez Muffy Restaurant in the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel. The drinks are pricey but for the quality and ambiance it is totally worth it. Every corner of this bar is Instagram-worthy! Also the restaurant has a tasting menu I’ve heard was amazing; for $100 you can get a taste (pun intended).
Louise Taverne & Bar à Vin | 48 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC G1K 3V7, Canada
If you are into a unique experience with an extensive menu of raw & fresh foods; you want to check out Louise Taverne. This quaint restaurant is great for a date night with your boo or friends; although I went alone. I’m not a huge fan of raw foods so I opted for the fish & chips meal and was not disappointed. The meal and service was amazing (thanks Renee). I’d give it a solid 10 stars!
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This restaurant is not for vegans or the faint of heart as the interior is adorned with dead hanging animals and there is rabbit on the menu; not as bad as it sounds. I was a little apprehensive about eating here but I got rave reviews from a local and she was spot on. I asked for the most traditional meal on the menu and was offered a few different options. I went with the Shepard’s pie. This wasn’t your typical Shepard’s pie but it did have all the right ingredients in it! It took much self-control to not finish this meal; I’d say this was my favorite dinner of my stay. I’d give it a solid 10 stars!
Paillard – St-Jean
I googled “Best Bakeries in Quebec City” and was lead to Paillard-St Jean. This is not your fancy bakery but rather a huge deli-style shop. I ordered the crème brulee, which I unfortunately did not say in the proper French accent, as the attendant had no clue what I ordered. I paired my dessert with a smooth cup of café au lait; this was definitely a must have! I’d give it a solid 9 stars!
Drinks at L’Atelier | 624 Grande Allée E, Québec, QC G1R 2K5, Canada
Dinner at Aux Anciens Candiens | 4 Rue Saint Louis, Québec, QC G1R 4P3, Canada
Dinner at Chez Jules | 24 Rue Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1R 3X3, Canada
Lunch at Café Temporel | 25 Rue Couillard, Québec, QC G1R 3T3, Canada
Chai Latte at La Maison Smith | 9 Rue des Jardins
Gelato at Baguette & Chocolat | 36 Côte de la Fabrique
I couldn’t leave Quebec City without stopping at a thrift shop! No matter where I travel to, a thrift shop stop is necessary! Comptoir Emmaus is located in a very desolate area but safe and worth the walk. The shop is located down some very steep steps that you will not notice as you approach them. Follow Rue des Glacis towards Cote de la Potasse until you reach the end of the road; to the right of the steps is a lamp post!
Comptoir Emmaus is a three-level thrift shop mainly consisting of homegoods but they have great handbags for $10 or less.
Looking for some great and unique antique finds? Check out the shops on Rue Saint-Paul
Interested in handmade product , soaps, and “smell-goods”? Check out Candeur Savonnerie
Renting a home and interested in cooking some fresh meals or maybe you just want to sample some great local produce, be sure to stop by Old Port Market | 160 Quai Saint-André *be sure to try the seafood salad and macarons!
+ Bonus Places to Visit
Tourist Information |
Laurier Québec – 300 + shop mall
Montemarcy Park and Falls
Grand Alee – Nightlife Scene
Pape Georges – Live Band
Maison de literature – Beautiful Library
Château Frontenac – A must-see castle style hotel
Old Port Quebec – View of St. Lawrence River
That’s it for your Ultimate Guide to Quebec City filled with places to shoot, shop, and eat ! If you have any specific questions about my stay, want more recommendations or if you are a brand, store, restaurant, or hotel looking to be featured in my Ultimate Blogger’s Guide; feel free to contact me: