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Quebec City Guide

Make the most of your stay with a night at the renovated Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, seafood at Kraken Cru (named one of Canada's Best New Restaurants in 2016), a visit to a Scandinavian spa and more.

Where to Stay  /  Where to Eat and Drink  /  What to Do  /  How to Get Around

Where to Stay

Hôtel le Germain Québec

For the views

Tucked away in the Old Port, this historic property occupies the city’s first skyscraper – the eight-storey Dominion Fish & Fruit Limited building – as well as a former bank. Some of the original design elements, like the vault doors and woodwork, have been preserved. Kick-start your day with postcard views of the St. Lawrence River from your suite’s immense windows; then head down to the lobby for a pick-me-up at the complimentary cappuccino bar.

126, rue Saint-Pierre, Québec, 418-692-2224, legermainhotels.com

Photo: Fairmont

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

For a family-friendly vacation

Following a $75-million facelift, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has retained its status as Canada’s Grande Dame of hotels. The Fairmont Gold treatment ensures you a room near the top of the main tower and includes services, such as breakfast and cocktail-hour canapés. For family getaways, the hotel offers child-size bathrobes, a babysitter service and discounted meals for children. Plus, the indoor pool promises to keep the kids busy year-round.

1, rue des Carrières, Québec, 418-692-3861, fairmont.com

Hôtel 71

For the sheer luxury

This sleek, modern haven, hidden behind a historic neoclassical exterior, is tucked away in the heart of Old Québec. Drift off on the ultrasoft mattress made by local company Matelas Confort, and don’t lose sleep over going home to your own bed: You can purchase a mattress through the hotel. At happy hour, raise a glass of private import wine, available by the glass at the self-serve wine bar.

71, rue Saint-Pierre, Québec, 418-692-1171, hotel71.ca

Photo: Auberge Saint-Antoine

Auberge Saint-Antoine

For the historical artifacts

Construction of this Relais & Châteaux inn, which sprawls over three original riverside buildings, uncovered three centuries worth of artifacts. The result is an innovative hotel-museum concept, where more than 700 priceless historical finds are on display. Tour the property’s museum-quality installations, from lighted dioramas to relics of French and English rule (cannon balls, snuff boxes and dinner plates).

8, rue Saint-Antoine, Québec, 418-692-2211, saint-antoine.com

Hôtel Château Laurier

For a budget-conscious stay

This family-owned hotel is centrally located on restaurant-lined Grande Allée, minutes from the historic Plains of Abraham and Old Québec. Start the day by spreading honey from the in-house apiary onto toast; then work up a sweat in the Finnish sauna before unwinding in a bubbling Jacuzzi overlooking a secluded yard. In the evening, relax by the lobby’s crackling fireplace with a glass from the self-serve electronic wine bar.

1220, place George-V O., Québec, 418-522-8108, hotelchateaulaurier.com

Le Monastère des Augustines

For a rejuvenating stay

Built in the 1600s, the city’s first monastery/hospital is now a 65-room boutique hotel with a focus on holistic healing programs and workshops. Guests can choose from contemporary rooms with modern furniture and private bathrooms or get the complete cloister treatment in one of the authentic rooms, complete with single beds, antique furniture and shared bathrooms. Don’t miss the on-site restaurant’s Vitality breakfasts, where diners are asked to eat in silence as a tribute to the sisters’ practice of contemplation.

77, rue des Remparts, Québec, 418-694-1639, monastere.ca

Hotel Pur Quebec

For the sleek decor

Situated in the bustling Saint-Roch neighbourhood, this renovated hotel boasts minimalist design and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city. Take a two-hour time out at Table to sample chef Maxime De La Durantaye tapas-size dishes, including fried oysters with corn and bacon espuma and shepherd’s pie with duck confit and caramelized onions. Then burn off dinner by swimming laps in the city’s biggest hotel pool.

395, rue de la Couronne, Québec, 418-647-2611, hotelpur.com

Where to Eat and Drink

Photo: Catherine Côté

Le Clocher Penché

For the brunch

At this bright and airy Rue Saint-Joseph spot, chef Mathieu Brisson focuses on fresh ingredients from local farmers. For something sweet, try La Première Communion: French toast made with bread from Borderon et fils. Or treat yourself to the L’abbé Chamel for a taste of ham from Turlo farm in Saint-Gervais-de-Bellechasse, served on an herb waffle, topped with poached eggs, mushrooms and béchamel sauce.

203, rue Saint-Joseph E., Québec, 418-640-0597, clocherpenche.ca

Photo: Guillaume D. Cyr

La Korrigane

For the local brews

When early-evening drinks are in order, head to La Korrigane for a rotating selection of craft beer on a handful of taps. Among the unique brews on offer are the Emily Carter, made with Lac-Saint-Jean blueberries, and the full-bodied Urban Honey, produced from local rooftop bee farms. Once you’ve loosened up, make your way onto the old-timey dance floor for La Korrigane’s swing-dancing sessions, which occur every second Wednesday and include lessons on how to swing your partner ’round.

380, rue Dorchester, Québec, 418-614-0932, korrigane.ca

Kraken Cru

For the exceptional seafood

Don’t leave Québec City without having dinner at this oyster and seafood bar, named one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants by Air Canada enRoute magazine in 2016. Slurp East Coast bivalves, like fatty Tatamagouches and Malpeques, washed down with fine-bubbled Crémant de Bourgogne; then move on to salt-cured mackerel with spicy horseradish, arugula and radishes. With only a dozen stools around the bar and six more at a high counter, this Saint-Sauveur find is intimate and prone to singalongs when French singer Jacques Dutronc comes on the stereo.

190, rue Saint-Vallier O., Québec, 581-741-9099, facebook.com/Kraken-Cru

Photo: Luca Albanese

Nektar Caféologue

For the coffee

After a morning of sightseeing, head to this café in the heart of bustling Saint-Roch for an afternoon java jolt. Established in 2009, Nektar Caféologue is credited for popularizing coffee culture in the city with a constantly rotating selection of sustainable roasts from around the world. Ask the staff about the daily “découverte” beans, selected for their superior aromas and terroirs, or order a shot of Detour Dark Espresso, a rich and creamy blend with notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and molasses.

235, rue Saint-Joseph E., Québec, 418-977-9236, nektarcafeologue.com

Le Bouchon du Pied Bleu

For the French bistro experience

Husband-and-wife team Louis Bouchard Trudeau and Thania Goyette bring the spirit of the Lyonnais bouchon – a convivial dining phenomenon driven by pork and Beaujolais, boisterous laughter and red-checkered napkins – to the quartier Saint-Sauveur. Dinner begins with a flight of a half-dozen-plus simple but imaginative salads – serve yourself from large bowls – and continues with hearty cocottes of rabbit confit that pair perfectly with a stubby glass of Régnié. Desserts from the sweets table are both self-serve and sublime.

179, rue Saint-Vallier O., Québec, 418-914-3554, bouchonquebec.com

Le Moine Échanson

For the wine list

It all begins with wine at Le Moine Échanson; the menu is inspired not only by the wine list itself but also by the wine-growing regions it covers. Have your server guide you through the selection; then pair your wine with the menu’s rustic comfort food, featuring seasonal, local and organic ingredients. More than just a restaurant, Le Moine Échanson is also a retail cellar offering customers the option to pre-order a bottle of wine from a selection of private imports, sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards.

585, rue Saint-Jean, Québec, 418-524-7832, lemoineechanson.com

Légende

For a taste of Québec

The sublime raw materials of Québec’s boreal region are transformed into inventive modern dishes at Frédéric Laplante’s temple to molecular gastronomy. Here, in a room dotted with birch posts, the chef marries tender bison tongue with earthy wild mushrooms, while smoked Arctic char is served with a perfectly seasoned Brussels sprouts salad and fatty boar bacon. Named one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants by Air Canada enRoute magazine in 2014.

255, rue Saint-Paul, Québec, 418-614-2555, restaurantlegende.com

What to Do

Le Cercle

For the live music

Hear the best in new local talent at Le Cercle, a live music venue that goes above and beyond what typical bars have to offer. Before the show, share some gourmet snacks like striped bass ceviche and cured meats. Grab a high table and listen to up-and-coming bands perform on the mainstage while you rub elbows with Saint-Roch’s trendy denizens – a fun mix of artsy and business types. During intermission, wander around Le Cercle’s art gallery of avant-garde digital, mechanical and cinematic installations.

228 et 226 1/2, rue Saint-Joseph E., Québec, 418-948-8648, le-cercle.ca

Photo: Charles F. Ouellet

Coopérative Méduse

For the multidisciplinary arts

Perched atop Côte d’Abraham, Coopérative Méduse brings together a total of ten non-profit artistic and community organizations. It focuses on visual and media arts, photography and film and offers artist residencies, exhibits, film screenings, shows and live performances. In February, it also hosts the Mois Multi, one of the most innovative multidisciplinary events on the Québec arts scene.

541, rue Saint-Vallier E., local 5-82, Québec, 418-640-9218, meduse.org

Jupon Pressé

For the local designs

This Rue Saint-Jean fashion boutique boasts a cheerful retro vibe along with a few surprises. Dresses by Québec designers, swanky jewellery and accessories are displayed alongside charming and whimsical finds, all artfully curated by the young owners. Stay tuned for their weekly Tuesday promotions on selected items grouped under a theme.

790, rue Saint-Jean, Québec, 418-704-7114, juponpresse.com

Le Royal Limoilou Bowling Club

For the fashionable bowling lanes

With purple walls, round marble tables and staff members in pink retro bowling shirts, Le Royal Limoilou looks like the set of a Wes Anderson movie. Put on your bowling shoes, get the ball rolling and sip on classic cocktails (featuring Monsieur Cocktail syrups) or a signature White Russian made with cold brew from local producers Maelstrom. Avid bowlers beware: Le Royal Limoilou is only open to the public on Saturday nights.

801, 4e rue, Québec, 418- 522-1282, facebook.com/limoiloubowlingclub

Sibéria Station Spa

For the relaxation

Tucked away in the forest on the outskirts of Québec City, Sibéria delights with a Scandinavian spa experience that alternates between hot and cold treatments, followed by a period of rest. Relax your muscles in the eucalyptus steam bath before plunging into the cold bath, complete with icy waterfall. The truly brave can take a dip in the frigid Rivière Jaune.

339 rue de Genève, Québec, 418-841-1325, siberiastationspa.com

Fresques des Piliers

For the murals

Away from the crowds of the old city, beneath the Dufferin-Montmorency autoroute, rise the fresques des piliers (murals on the pillars). These large paintings depict a series of surrealist scenes ranging from circus artists to a princess and her knight. They were created in the early 2000s to help revitalize the Saint-Roch district, which has since become the epicentre of the city’s arts and culture scene.

Saint-Roch, Québec

Photo: Tourisme Wendake

Wendake

For the First Nations heritage

Step inside a traditional longhouse to learn about the myths and legends of the Huron-Wendat people or attend a powwow to experience First Nations rituals and traditions. Treat yourself to a night at the chic Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, a four-star boutique hotel inspired by longhouses. Visit the adjacent Huron-Wendat Museum; then indulge in First Nations cuisine at La Traite with dishes like Cerf de Boileau – deer served with fresh blueberries flavoured with balsam fir.

Wendake, 10, Place de la Rencontre, Wendake, tourismewendake.ca

How to Get Around

Getting from the Airport

The Réseau de Transport de la Capitale (RTC) provides public bus service between Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and the Les Saules bus terminal, Monday through Friday. The rate is $3.50.

rtcquebec.ca
 

Taxi service to the downtown area and other destinations is also available. Visit the information desk at the airport terminal for details. The flat-rate fare to downtown Quebec City is approximately $34.25. Uber is also available.


Public Transportation

RTC buses serve Quebec City and surrounding areas for a regular fare of $3.50. Day passes are also available for $8.25. High‑frequency routes 800 and 801 serve the city’s main thoroughfares seven days a week, including holidays. Maps and schedules are available online.

rtcquebec.ca

Taxis

Although taxis are available everywhere, making reservations over the phone, online or on the Taxi Coop app is advised. Base fare is $3.45.

Taxi Coop Québec: 418-525-5191, taxicoop.ca

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