As one of the largest cities in Canada, Quebec City is a great vacation option. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a fun solo trip, you’ll find everything you want and more in Quebec. Discover a combination of modern amenities and historic styles as you explore one of the oldest cities in North America.

Old Quebec
A street in Old Quebec.

Early Morning: Sample the Fare and Stroll Through the Surroundings

When you first wake up in Quebec, you’ve got many decisions to make. Starting your day with an outstanding meal is the best way to start your trip. Luckily, Quebec offer delicious breakfast options throughout the city.

Consider the boulangerie Paillard, at 1097 rue Saint-Jean, for an inexpensive and amazing breakfast. If you’re looking for something light, try the Parisian Combo, which features a grilled demi-baguette with homemade jam and coffee. For a hearty breakfast, try the Frittata Combo, featuring a mushroom and onion omelet, bacon, cheddar cheese, and hollandaise sauce. This combo is also served with a fruit salad and coffee.

If you’re in the mood for an upscale breakfast, check out Cafe Le Hobbit, at 700 rue Saint-Jean. Breakfast offerings are plentiful and delicious. Consider the Croque Monsieur with ham Turlo. The Benedictine a la Florentine comes with either one or two eggs on an English muffin with bearnaise sauce.

After breakfast, stroll through Old Quebec. Old Quebec not only offers beautiful architecture and sights, but it’s also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the only fortified city walls in North America, this area of Quebec is a must-see place. Don’t forget to check out the Place Royale, the Petit Champlain District, or the Chateau Frontenac.

As you’re visiting Old Quebec, keep in mind that the best way to get around the area is on foot. Everything you’ll want to see and do in Old Quebec is within walking distance. You can find several cafes and restaurants where you can stop and rest if you get tired. But with so much to see and do, you’ll likely keep going long after you would expect.

Noon: Get Some Lunch

After your stroll through Old Quebec, grab some lunch. After all that walking, you’ve probably built up an appetite at this point.

Try one of the well-known restaurants in the area for a lunch that won’t disappoint. When you dine at Saint-Amour, at 48 Sainte-Ursule Street in Old Quebec, you’ll get a fine-dining lunch with flavors to write home about. The menu is regularly changing, giving you seasonal and fresh ingredients. Consider an appetizer such as vegetable cream soup or guinea fowl sausage. For your main course, the duck leg with lentils stew, pork belly, and port wine sauce is a great option. The red deer steak is unlike anything else you’ll have, featuring thyme and garlic-seared potatoes with mustard sauce.

If you want a more down-to-earth lunch, consider Bachir at 54 Rene Levesque Ouest Boulevard. Here you’ll find delicious Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes to keep you going throughout the day. Try the Shawarma or the Shish Taouk in a sandwich or pita or served on your plate.

Instead of trying only one restaurant for lunch, explore one of the famous Quebec City Food Tours. This 3-hour tour allows you to stop at five or more different eateries. Try a variety of food and drink options, including seasonal tea, local cheese, and craft beer. In addition to the delectable food, you’ll visit historic sites around the city and learn more about the history and culture of Quebec.

Montmorency Falls Park
Montmorency Falls Park.

Afternoon: Take a Hike

During the afternoon, take a hike to Montmorency Falls Park. The park is about 9 miles northeast of Old Quebec. Here, you’ll encounter a waterfall 272 feet tall, a height taller than Niagara Falls. A zipline over the falls offers a great adventure with hiking trails surrounding the falls as well. To get to the top of the falls, you can walk up the stairways or take a cable car for an additional fee. Keep in mind that the stairway can be difficult to navigate in the winter and may be challenging for those with medical conditions.

Evening: Dine Deliciously and Shop Serendipitously

For dinner, you’ll discover dozens of options to satisfy your palate. With restaurants featuring different types of cuisine, you’re sure to find some cuisine that piques your interest.

Visit Le Buffet de L’Antiquaire at 95 rue Saint Paul. You can find comfort food that fills you unlike anything else. Consider the pork and meatballs for a warm, hearty dinner. One of the most popular menu items here is the Filet de Sole Amandine. Le Buffet de L’Antiquaire is inexpensive and offers large portions, giving you the fuel you need to keep your exploration going throughout the evening.

For a special dinner, consider Restaurant Initiale, at 54 rue Saint-Pierre. Start off with foie gras or Charlevoix charcot and shrimp. Entrees include options such as roast lamb loin or white halibut with mussel marinade. Pair your meal with one of the amazing wine options, and don’t forget a sweet treat to finish off the evening. While the meals at Restaurant Initiale are more expensive than other options, the dining experience is worth the cost.

If you’re looking for dinner and a show, head to Le Cercle at 228 rue Saint-Joseph Est. This establishment is one of the most popular and trendiest options in the city. While you’re at Le Cercle, you’ll get outstanding food and a distinctive dining experience. Start with an appetizer of marinated olives, Yukehoe, or crispy fried chicken. Several entree options are available, including carpaccio of beef, island scallops, or Chevreau de Charlevoix. During your visit, witness the local art displayed throughout the venue, plus musical performances that take place almost every night of the year.

If you haven’t already headed to the shopping districts in Quebec, now is a great time to explore the shops, as several shopping districts can be found throughout the city. Head back to the Old Quebec quarter to find high-end designers, artisanal boutiques, and colorful shops in the Petit Champlain District. For a fun and modern vibe combined with a historic look, rue Saint-Jean is the place to go. Here you’ll find souvenir shops, specialty stores, and clothing boutiques galore.

Chateau Frontenac
Chateau Frontenac in Quebec.

Late Night: Get Ready to Party

Once the sun goes down, you’re probably feeling ready to party. Luckily, Quebec offers a variety of dance clubs and great places to find drinks and entertainment.

Dagobert Nightclub is known throughout the area as the best disco club in the city where everyone is ready to party and special DJ guests oop the tunes regularly. Head to Le Drague Cabaret Club if you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for. Offerings include a gay club, karaoke in the cabaret, or dancing to the resident DJ.

Head to Boudoir Lounge, a popular nightlife spot among locals, for a late night snack and some entertainment or dancing. You’ll get a variety of music to dance to, ranging from electric dance songs to laid-back music. Make sure to try the signature cocktails and food options such as filet mignon, delicious sandwiches, and frites. The club at 441 rue de l’Eglise.

Airport Guide for Your Quebec Travels

When you first fly into Quebec, you’ll arrive at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport. As one of the busiest airports in Canada, the facility services over 10 airlines every day. Some of the major airlines that operate through Jean Lesage International Airport include Air Transat, Air Canada Express, Sunwing Airlines, and Delta Connection.

The single-terminal airport offers two levels. Both international and domestic flights arrive on the first floor. On the second floor of the airport, you’ll find not only the outgoing flights, but also a children’s play area, bars, the VIP lounge, shops, and several restaurants. The VIP lounge is a great option with more services, such as full bar service, free wireless internet access, comfortable seating, and an entertainment area.

If you’re traveling to Quebec from outside of Canada, one of the most important services you’ll need is currency exchange. Two branches of the International Currency Exchange operate in the airport: one on the ground floor near the international arrivals and the other on the second floor near the screening checkpoint. In addition, you can find three ATMs throughout the airport: one near the domestic arrivals on the ground floor, one by the screening checkpoint on the second floor, and one by Tim Hortons on the second floor.

When you’re flying out of Jean Lesage International Airport, get to the airport early. Airport staff suggest that you get at least 1 hour before a domestic flight and at least 2 to 3 hours before an international flight. If you are flying internationally, make sure to have your passport available, and in some cases, you may also need your visa. Travelers flying domestically must have their ticket and photo identification.

If you are an English speaker, keep in mind that the default language for many people in Quebec is French. You may need to ask if those you interact with speak English. In addition, while many signs are in both English and French, you may come across signage that is only in French. If you’re planning to travel from the airport by rental car, make sure you understand road signs in French.

Several transportation options can take you to and from the airport. The public transit system offers easy access to the downtown Quebec are as well as other areas of the city. You can get a single-day pass or pay per ride for Reseau de transport de la Capitale, the city transit system.

Taxis are also available from the airport. Prices for your taxi depend on where you’re going, but costs generally range from CAD $15 to $35.

If you plan to drive often during your trip, consider renting a car. An on-site car rental service allows you to get a vehicle that works for your trip. Several rental companies maintain car rental stations at the airport, including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and National Car Rental.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls.

Where to Stay in Quebec

Finding the right place to stay in Quebec doesn’t have to be a chore. You’ll discover different levels of lodging, allowing you to find exactly the accommodations you need. Whether you need an inexpensive place to lay your head or you’re interested in indulging your every whim, find the perfect place among the hotel options in Quebec.

Inexpensive Lodging

With inexpensive lodging options, you’re not going to receive all the amenities you want. The rooms are generally basic, but come at a price that won’t break the bank. You can find inexpensive lodging throughout the city.

Hotel Le Voyageur de Quebec is one of the best inexpensive options you’ll find. The hotel is at 2250 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, keeping it close to everything you want to see and do. While you’re staying here, you’ll get a complimentary breakfast each morning, free wireless internet access, and access to the indoor pool. Two lounge areas allowing you to grab a drink during your downtime, and you can also dine at the on-site restaurant. Rooms are comfortable and large, with amenities such as large-screen televisions, in-room coffee maker, and business area with desk.

When you choose Auberge Maeva, you’re getting a comfortable and inexpensive stay in Quebec. The hotel is at 671 rue Saint-Francois Est. Since the establishment has only four rooms here, you won’t have to feel packed in. The Auberge Maeva offers free wireless internet access to guests. You’ll discover several attractions nearby, including St. Roch’s Church, Les Fresques des Piliers, and L’ilot des Palais. You’ll get a comfortable bed and enough room to feel like you’re getting away from all the activity of the world.

Great Value Lodging

When you combine the amenities you get with the price you pay, great value lodging has the best of both worlds. You’ll find rooms at an affordable price without having to skimp on the comfort features you’re used to. Many of these hotels offer extras such as concierge services or transportation around the city.

Chateau Repotel Henri IV at 2500 Av St. Jean Baptiste is close to many places you’ll want to visit. Within only a few miles, you’ll find the Carie Factory Amusement Center, Metropolitan Golf Club, and Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy. Hotel amenities include a free continental breakfast, free parking, and free wireless internet access. In your room, you’ll find a flat-panel TV, refrigerator, and in-room air conditioning. Choose from among a number of room styles ranging from a standard room with two double beds to an executive suite with a jetted tub.

Hotel Le Concorde Quebec is at 1225 Place Montcalm. Within walking distance, you’ll find everything you want to do and see, including Place Royale, Martello Tower, and Battlefields Park. The hotel features two on-site restaurants, an indoor pool, two spa tubs, a health club, and a business center. You can get in-room child care if you’re traveling with the family. As a guest, you’ll get free wireless internet access in the public areas inside the hotel and in your room. Rooms feature all the amenities you need and more, including an LCD TV, air conditioning, and blackout curtains for peaceful slumber during the night.

Place Royale
Place Royale in Quebec.

Luxury Lodging

Outstanding amenities and impeccable service come together with the luxury lodging options in Quebec. The rooms in the luxury hotels are both stylish and large. Amenities may vary from one establishment to the next, but they generally include much more than you’ll find at value lodging options. When you’re looking to stay somewhere that goes above and beyond, check out the luxury options in the city.

Hotel Palace Royal is one of the best luxury hotels in the city. You’ll find the hotel at 775 Boulevard Honore-Mercier. Rooms are large and stylish, with features such as in-room climate control, memory foam mattresses, free wireless internet, and a refrigerator and microwave. While you’re here, take advantage of the indoor pool and fitness facilities, on-site bar and restaurant, and concierge services. If you’re in need of extra room or are traveling for business, conference spaces are available. The hotel offers great services such as help planning your wedding.

Les Lofts St-Paul offers you more than enough space and luxury for your stay in Quebec. It’s at 185 rue Saint-Paul and encompasses a total of three condos. These condos offer free wireless internet access, a fully stocked kitchen, and a separate living room. Within walking distance, you’ll find a variety of attractions to see and things to do, such as Citadelle of Quebec, the Parliament Building, and Le Lieu. Les Lofts St-Paul is a great option for families, since you don’t have to ask for family amenities such as free cribs, infant beds and extra room for your group of travelers.

Quebec is a beautiful, old city full of historic and modern attractions. Whether you’re a history buff or you’re looking for a hip, stylish trip, you’ll get exactly what you seek in Quebec.