If you really want to feel like you’re wandering through the Latin Quarter of Paris without having to pay for a long-haul flight, then treat yourself to a long weekend in Quebec’s enchanting capital city – where the cobblestone streets are home to cannons and cafes alike. The unique history, culture, and culinary delights will make you fall in love, and luckily, we can help you plan your return visit!
To get your bearings and a great view of the city when you arrive, head up the staircase at the corner of Rue St.-Louis and Côte de la Citadelle and climb onto the wide, grassy fortification wall that rings the old city. Walk north on the wall (one of the most intact defensive city walls in North America) among the cannons and the locals who come to sunbathe, jog, dog-walk, and stroll the historic site. For dinner, check out La Cuisine du Marche, a tiny (9 tables) eaterie that is cozy and classic, with highly recommended all-you-can-eat mussels.
You’ll need to rise and shine early if you want to see all that this city has to offer in a weekend! Grab a cup of coffee and a freshly-made waffle at Bel-Gaufre, then walk down to the Musee de la Civilisation, where you could easily spend half a day wandering the impressive collections. Permanent exhibitions include Native American Life and the founding of Quebec City. Pop into the museum’s restaurant – Cafe 47 – for a light lunch and some great local beers. In the evening, discover the old town, with it’s 17th Century streets and elegant old buildings. At night, if you’re not ready for an early night, check out Le Cercle, a sleek industrial-modern spot that combines wine bar and performance space. It offers live indie, rock, dance and folk music, and films, comedy shows and theater. There’s also a 2,000-bottle wine cellar and a kitchen, ideal for late-night snacking.
Feel like a change from the cobblestone streets? The nearby St Roch neighborhood is where the locals go on weekend, and it’s full of great bistros, galleries and boutiques. Do a little shopping, then take a quiet moment away from the crowds in the beautiful St Roch church. When you start to feel thirsty, head to La Barberie, a local microbrewry with over 30 unique tipples to try, as well as a popular summer patio. Afterwards, head back up the hill to Rue St. Paul, where you’ll find lots of quaint spots to eat, before dancing the night away on La Grande Allee downtown.