At the crossroads of the East and the West, a modern city blends into an irrepressible past. Quebec City is proudly French, eternally alive and charming in the infinite. These attributes translate into very good food. From corner shops to fresh baguettes, to spicy and authentic Thai, Québec City has it all. After a day spent exploring its shops, galleries and historic streets, you'll dive into it.
with a good atmosphere:
More refined than your average pizzeria, La Piazzetta (several locations, 63 rue St-Paul in the Old Port, 418.692.2962) offers delicious fresh pies in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Salads, sandwiches and breakfasts are just as tasty.
Le Cochon Dingue (several locations, 1326 ave Maguire, 418.684.2013) is a popular Quebec chain, offering meat and pasta dishes at a reasonable price in a lively atmosphere (sometimes noisy).
Discover the best sugar pie (Quebec's favorite dessert) at Aux Anciens Canadiens (34 rue St-Louise, 418.692.1627). The starters are good, but the real draw is the smooth maple sugar of this traditional treat.
For one night of the week:
In a city specializing in the informal bistro tradition, L'Échaudé (73 Sault-au-Matelot Street, 418.692.1299) is a star. Discover classic French-Canadian dishes such as steak fries and duck confit on a dining terrace on a pedestrian street.
For delicious and fresh seafood, discover the charming Le Marie-Clarisse bistro (12 rue du Petit-Champlain, 418.692.0857). The à la carte seafood is personally selected by the chef and the owner, and served in a traditional and innovative way in a charming space (choose between the indoor fireplace or the outdoor terrace, depending on the weather)
Le Casse Crepe Breton (1136 St. Jean Street, 418.692.0438) is a great place to take a hungry family, with pancakes the size of a pizza. Pack them with your choice of meats, eggs, peppers, cheese or, for a sweet treat, jams, fruits and chocolate, and watch them get together under your eyes.
Gastronomy for Celebrations and the Best of Local Foods:
Although the idea of an entirely red design plan might discourage some people, Toast (17 Sault-au-Matelot Street, 418,692 .4331) it works. It's small, it's trendy, and the food is delicious.
Panache (8, rue Saint-Antoine, 418.692.2211) is chic, charming and romantic. With its stone walls, breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence and innovative novelties on traditional French-Canadian cuisine, this restaurant nestled in the Auberge Saint-Antoine is perfect for a cozy dinner for two.
There is no better place for a romantic dinner than Le Saint-Amour (48 rue Ste-Ursule, 418.694.0667) with good French cuisine, a beautiful candlelit room and discreet service .
Utopie (226 St. Joseph Street, 418.523.7878) is perhaps a novelty, but it stands out among many others and promises to give established rooms a run for their money. Just steps from the Old Center, Utopie has an elegant and cozy dining room, and offers a four-course tasting menu.