A few weeks ago I found myself stepping into a fairytale book, exploring the charming streets of Quebec City! I have been to many places in this world, and nothing quite compares to this beautiful city. I felt like I was in a French European country all day as I soaked in all of what Quebec City had to offer. I found myself smiling all day, trying French food, taking photos on my canon,and chatting with all the friendly locals. I want to tell you about what I did in ONE day in Quebec City.
First,I took a bus round trip for 48$ from The Trois-Rivieres bus station. You can take buses all over Canada and they are pretty affordable and it only took about 90 minutes to get there! If you only have a short time in Quebec, I highly suggest spending a majority of your time in Old Quebec! The Old part has endless shops, restaurants, cafes, art, and monuments that you won’t want to miss! Side note-This city is perfect for a girls trip because the shopping is extraordinary! Here is a link with all the shops Old Quebec has to offer! https://www.quebecregion.com/en/what-to-do/shopping/streets-districts/
Journey back through time in Old Quebec where you can explore one-of-a-kind boutique shops on cobblestone streets. The area you will want to be on is called “Petit Champlain District.” When I first turned the corner and saw the bright colors and shops I fell in love!
I had to hold back from wanting to buy all the beautiful fox fur hats and leather purses! Most of the shops have all local Canadian merchandise. I bought an old leather wallet, and a traditional white/blue dream catcher. Most of the shops have tons of Canadian luxury furs, handicrafts by artisans all over Quebec.
Don’t forget to eat at one of Old Quebec’s romantic bistros! My favorite one was called “Lapin Saute” a cute French restaurant with seating inside or outside. They specialize in “rabbit” dishes, but also have duck, lamb and salmon as well! It was the cutest bistro Ive ever seen!
If your craving something sweet after Lapin Saute make sure you buy the local Canada maple taffy that is located anywhere around everywhere in Old Quebec! For only a $1.50 you can taste this Maple taffy and its a trademark you don’t want to miss!
While your enjoying your taffy, take a good amount of time to just walk around and take in the scenery of the Old Town! I spent around 3 + hours here and I didn’t want to leave. Below are some beautiful stores that you can find along Old Quebec.
If you need help, or you find yourself lost in Old Quebec, make sure you find Mr. Champlain who helps any tourists find there way and also suggest his favorite restaurants in the area. He will hand you a map so you can be on your way!
After you soaked in all of the Petit Champlain district, make your way up the stairs
to see one of Quebec City’s famous monuments the ” Chateau Frontenac” which is a 5 star luxury hotel nestled in the heart of Quebecs old town. This is said to be one of the world’s most photographed hotel! I took so many pictures as I walked around it because the views are sensational!
As you walk around the Chateau make sure you try to find a street performer so you can watch their performance! This is a Quebec tradition and is a joy to watch!
If your looking for a place to eat around the Chateau I HIGHLY recommend a place called “Chic shack.” I ordered the strawberry lemonade and my very first Poutine (which is a Canadian classic). The poutine has a mixture of cheese, potatoes, and a herbal gravy that was amazing! Try to find a place to sit outside and take in the views of the Chateau right outside while enjoying a warm cappuccino because sometimes it can get cold in Quebec. You will most likely see a carriage ride along the side of the road or local street performers as you eat here.
Once you are done exploring the Chateau (make sure you go in the hotel and look around at the art) make your way across the street to the art district where there even more shops, art vendors and creperies to be seen! If you love art, then you will love Old Quebec!
I only had one day, but I shortly realized I could spend at least a week in this beautiful city! The people were very friendly, and I met two local girls that led me to even more exciting things in Quebec City! I took over 100 photos of this city and fell in love with the charm of it all! I think this city is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to travel as far to France or Europe, but wants to have a European like experience. Then Old Quebec City is the way to go! You can see beautiful architecture, art galleries, shops, restaurants, parks, history and much more! Plus its easier to get to from the states! It’s a win win! If you would like more information or tips on Quebec City fill free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Enjoy the rest of my photography and I hope it makes you feel inspired to travel to this amazing city!