A Weekend In Quebec City


This summer we went on a few extended weekend jaunts rather than a large vacation and first up was Quebec City. With a swim meet spurring on our decision to visit, we were unaware of the treat we were in for. We flew to Montreal and drove to Quebec City to avoid an additional flight (and so we could make it in time for our daughter’s first race) and as we turned onto the street our hotel was located on I had a gasp of excitement. I felt as though I had been transported to a far away country after a 4.5 hour flight. If you’re looking for a taste of Europe without hopping the pond, Quebec City is the perfect choice. I was smitten by it’s charming streets, friendly french folk and delicious fare.

STAY: Hotel 71 – a boutique style hotel located in Old Quebec and offers a wonderful “french style” breakfast

DRINK: some of the best coffee I have ever had…

WANDER: there’s no shortage of charm in Old Quebec with cobblestone streets, colourful doors and windows nestled into old stone as well as a myriad of boutiques and cafés. And clean! So clean.

EAT: La Bûche 49 Rue St Louis – we didn’t eat here but the decor and sangria’s are reason enough to go | Brynd smoked meat – it’s namesake salad is one of the best I have ever eaten | Le Quai 19 – lovely dining experience, patio, wine, amazing food….. need I say more.

SHOP: m0851 named after the founders birthday, I could not leave without a handbag from this handcrafted locally made boutique | La Fudgerie – the design, detail and packaging will almost keep you from eating this mouth watering fudge | Plein Art Quebec – an outdoor event in tents and the largest summer arts and crafts show in Quebec.

I know there is so much we didn’t see in the short time we were there so I look forward to going back to explore more of this fabulous Canadian city with a taste of Europe.