I’ve been to Québec City several times, but never with a significant other. So, when I got the opportunity to spend a romantic weekend with my boyfriend in arguably the most romantic city in North America, I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to return to this enchanting city and show my boyfriend some of my favorite spots. When I returned to work Monday morning I insisted all my co-workers look into visiting Québec and am happy to report that many of them are now planning their weekend getaways. As a tourist-friendly city that’s easily accessible from anywhere on the East Coast, there’s no reason not to visit.
Lucky for you, I’ve rounded up some of the top things to see and do for your next visit to Québec City.
No trip to Québec City is complete without a stay at the Château Frontenac. Its architecture dominates the skyline and its excellent restaurants are some of the best in the entire city. Have a nightcap at the 1608 Wine & Cheese bar for local fare and breathtaking views. We arrived at the castle (yes it’s a castle) and were treated like actual royalty. The kindest staff with luxury and service as their top priority. We had a cozy room tucked in a quiet tower with plush bedding, elegant decor and the softest bathrobes ever. While we liked exploring the city, we found ourselves retreating to the hotel in the early evenings to enjoy the cozy atmosphere and impeccable room service.
Aux Anciens Canadiens is unparalleled. Since 1675 this welcoming home has rested down the street from the Chateau Frontenac and served traditional Quebecois cuisine. With delicacies like braised Caribou, traditional meat pies, deer and more, it’s a can’t-miss culinary extravaganza. Also can’t miss? The poutine. For a poutine-centric journey head to Chez Gaston or Poutineville to experience the city’s best.
For a mid-day winter pick-me-up, get some Vin Chaud at le 1640. If coffee is more your thing, there are several La Maison Smith’s dotted throughout the city. For another exceptional meal, head to Saint-Amour and enjoy the glamorous decor–think mirrored walls and sky-high glass ceilings–with your red wine and beef fillet.
Quebec City was made for strolling. If you’re in the old town forget about finding a specific destination and just wander. There are so many interesting houses, boutiques and character around every corner. Some must-sees? Walk along the edge of the old town to see the city’s historic walls; this is the oldest walled city in North America! Wander through the courtyard of Cour intérieure du Petit Séminaire de Québec, do some shopping at Simons (one of my favourite stores!) take in the breathtaking views from the terrace outside the Frontenac and walk up to the Citadelle to further your understanding of the city’s deep history. There are endless stores and unique finds along the Quartier Petit Champlain and many photo ops at Place Royale. Instead of walking all the way back up, take the funicular to the upper-town for great views and a fun ride.
Lastly, hit up the Maison de la littérature for the ‘gram. It’s an architecture lover’s dream and a perfect place to refresh your mind from the day’s activities.
Have you ever been to Québec City? What are some of your favourite spots?