December 10, 2020

QUEBEC CITY: BEFORE 2020 BECAME THE WORST YEAR YET

I can’t believe it was this year, 2020, that Josh and I ventured to Quebec City with our friends Connor and Christina. It was back in January when everyone was anticipating fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions with more travel, detoxes, and perhaps a goal to socialize more. Boy were we in for a rude awakening. In the hopes that the world is on the track to healing, with the help of everyone’s favorite guy, Anthony Fauci, I decided to share more about our trip to Quebec City. I’ve got a great list of places to eat! See the videos below for a taste of the charming city that makes you feel like you’re in Europe.

As you saw, we stayed at a really cute VRBO in the center of the Nouvo St- Roch district, which is just a 10-minute walk from Old Quebec. It is super close to the grocery store (made a couple of pit stops there for wine and cheese). We spent most of our time in Old Quebec, but if we stayed longer than four days we would’ve explored closer to our apartment. Our apartment was near St. Joseph Street and is filled with a bunch of restaurants and boutiques. 

We drove to Quebec after work on a Friday night for a long weekend; it took us about 7-8ish hours to get there from Boston. As soon as we woke up in the morning we went to explore some places for brunch. After not being able to get a table at our desired spot, La Buche, without a reservation, we settled for a mediocre spot and I had a not-so-great crepe. Fortunately, that was the beginning and end of our bad restaurant experience in the city.

After our underwhelming brunch, we made our way to the Jardins des Gouverneurs. It’s essentially a small park that sits beside the stunning and historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. The Wolfe-Montcalm Monument also sits in the center of the park and it overlooks the Saint Lawrence River.

Jardins des Gouverneurs
The Wolfe-Montcalm Monument

We made our way through the Old City, stopped at a few shops, and soaked in the rich culture and picturesque charm. It was time to stop and warm up a bit. Enter Sapristi! It was a sweet bistro-style restaurant with wine, beer, and cocktails. We didn’t eat, although I wish we had. They serve homemade pizza and pasta–my mouth is watering. 

Sapristi

After our first bar stop of the day, we did some more exploring and more eating. This was pretty much a common trend the entire trip. See below all of our stops throughout our trip: 

Le Chic Shack for THE best poutine. This place was crowded and it always seemed to be while we were there. We enjoyed some beer and a variety of poutine. If you go to one place on this list, let it be this one. 

Le Chic Shack

La Buche. La Buche offers traditional Quebec cuisine and I think my favorite part about this place is how warm and cozy it feels. They have these awesome wooden sleds on the ceilings and long family-style tables. It felt like home. While we were there, Bonhomme visited everyone at their tables. Bonhomme is a giant white cloud-like person with a red hat and he’s super creepy looking but seemingly friendly. Not my cup of tea, but everyone was excited to see him. It was the week before Quebec City’s winter carnival and he is the mascot from what I gathered. 

La Buche

Charming vibes leaving the restaurant to our next spot

Bonhomme. Not the same one from La Buche just a statue, if you couldn’t tell haha.

1608. Our nightcap spot every night. This cozy and intimate bar is located inside the incredible Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. We all agreed that if we were to visit Quebec again, we’d like to stay at this hotel for at least one or two nights. It’s amazing and it’s a relatively centralized area, making it easy to explore. Anyway, 1608 had awesome cocktails, the bartenders were super friendly and the views of the St. Lawrence River were incredible. 

1608

Chez Boulay.  We had brunch here and it was one of my favorite meals. I also loved the layout and aesthetic. 

La Citadelle de Quebec. Went on a little adventure, felt kind of like a hike, to La Citadelle de Quebec. It was pretty cool, but it was so cold and there weren’t many people touring it. I guess that’s a perk! The Citadelle de Quebec is the largest British fortress in North America and is an integral part of Quebec fortifications. 

La Citadelle de Quebec

Rue du Petite Champlain. More exploring of the Old City. Made our way to the famous street, Rue du Petit Champlain .  It as charming and beautiful as the photos you’ve seen. 

Rue du Petit Champlain

Paillard, for a chocolate croissant! It’s necessary.

Paillard

Pub St. Alexandre for some live music. It is such a cozy, casual Irish bar. We were tempted to cancel our reservations at another restaurant and stay there all night. 

Pub Saint-Alexandre

Sam Bistro. It’s inside of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. We by the windows, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. One of my favorite dinners in Quebec City. It is definitely on the fancier side, but I think we ate here on our last night so we were going out with a bang.

Sam Bistro
Sam Bistro

Old Quebec Funicular. This was SO cool. We took the funicular up to the top of the city. It links the Haute-Ville to the Basse-Ville. It’s a quick little trip, but if you’re afraid of heights it may not be for you.

Funicular

Made it to the top!

This was truly one of my favorite trips! I loved exploring this city and hoping to get back there soon. There were a few other places on our list that we didn’t get a chance to visit. 

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