18 Jan Nothing but love for Québec city
If you are looking for a european feel and outstanding food, Québec city is where its at! Being from the Montréal area, I have been to Québec city a couple times.
Richard and I visited Québec city for a short weekend getaway in September! We decided to stay at Hotel Le cavalier du moulin, in the Petit Champlain district. Hotel Le cavalier du moulin is a small, locally owned hotel in the heart of old Québec city. Try to stay away from big chain hotels for this trip, trust us on this one. You will pay about the same price, be surrounded by and old french ambiance and all the goodies will be literally at your doorstep! No driving, no parking, no traffic in sight!
Check out Hotel Le cavalier du moulin.
Now be prepared to eat your guts out! Whats truly magical about Old Québec city and Cartier le petit champlain is that no mater which direction you walk you will find beautiful bistros, taverns, cafes and restaurants. You will find yourself surrounded in history!
What to do…
Like I said, walking around is probably the most satisfying thing to do in Old Québec city. But personally, my favourite thing to do is drop into random restaurants and have a snack here and there, a glass of wine and enjoy each others company! No driving, remember!
Our two favourite little restaurants are Lapin sauté and Cochon dingue. These two restaurants are known to lots of travellers, and are very popular. These two restaurants are locally owned and offer an original menu.
Lapin sauté offers the most charming little terrace I have ever seen in the summer months, try the sangria or one of the numerous craft beers they offer. The game meat sharing platter is to die for. They serve rabbit, duck and lots of local yumminess!
At Cochon dingue, you will eat like a king! The house red wine is well priced but above that, soooo tasty! Try it out! The service here is stellar, if you can’t set your heart on a dish, let them suggest something for you! Cochon dingus also has a sister restaurant that has more of a deli feel, where you can get coffee, pastries and sandwiches.
Between meals, stop into the numerous delis, bars and taverns for a quick snack and drink. You really can’t go wrong.
You will need to walk all this food off… besides just walking around, you can do like us, and visit the Citadelle de Québec. La Citadelle is an active military fortress. They offer multiple tours each days in French and English for an affordable price. You get to learn about Canadian history, glance at the most beautiful view of Québec city and visit military barack and old quarters.
Check out La citadelle de Québec!
For something original and exciting, book an evening tour with Ghost tours. These people offer nightly walking tours around 8pm in the heart of old Québec city. You meet up with your guide (English or French), meet with other great people and follow the guide around town while he speaks of the darker history of Québec city. Stories about executions, murders and other surprising pieces of history. For only 20$ a person, you will have a great, almost romantic, and original night out. The guides here perform an act, its is quite impressive. You must try it out!!! Book your tour here.
We had an absolute blast in Québec city, it will never let you down! We will be back for duck poutine, cheeses, rabbit fricassé, wine and of course Beaver tails!