Located 2.5 hours away from Montreal by car, we only had 12 hours to spend in Quebec City on our road trip… but, that’s all the time it took for me to fall head-over-heels in love. I have no doubt in my mind that I will be returning to experience more of this quaint and beautiful city. When that time comes, I will definitely explore more of their food and night scene. Any recommendations for the next go-around will be greatly appreciated!
- Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec): With hanging signs at every storefront and cobblestone streets, this part of Quebec City has the charming, romantic atmosphere of Paris. Its deep French influences are reflected in the picturesque architecture. It should come to no surprise that this is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac: An iconic hotel sits in Old Quebec with views of the St. Lawrence River. This is a nice area to keep exploring while you’re in Old Quebec with nearby shops and restaurants. When we were there, they had a fun bobsled-like contraption near the hotel to slide down. My friends and I paid for the thrill ride and it was worth every penny (despite my near heart attack)!
Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec: Like Montreal, Quebec City boasts their own golden, breathtaking basilica.
- Old Lower Town: There was still more beauty and sights to see outside the walls surrounding Old Quebec.
- Rue St. Jean: For more shopping, eating and further exploring, this street has everything to offer after you’ve exhausted Old Quebec and its immediate surrounding area. We ate at a place called Le Hobbit, which had some decent food, and continued to wander from there. There were many cute and familiar shops down this street.
For more tips and recommendations, we followed the Lonely Planet guide to Quebec for first-timers: here.