Visit Quebec City: Your Travel Guide

Built on a sheer cliff called Cape Diamond, Québec City’s a genuine gem. In the old town, uncover its European roots on Place Royale square. Then wander along Rue du Petit Champlain – it bubbles over with bars and bistros that serve everything from rustic pub grub to nouvelle cuisine.

Things to Do in Quebec City
Fortifications of Québec
These 17th-century ramparts are in remarkable shape. Sprouting out either side of the Citadel fort, the grey stone defences loop around Old Québec. A brisk walk leads you to three of the four remaining city gates. Start at Porte Saint-Louis and follow the wall northwards along Parc de l’Esplanade, to Porte Kent and Saint-Jean. Here, a dedicated museum recounts their origins.
2 Rue d'Auteuil, G1R 5C2
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Kings, presidents, movie stars. They’ve all stayed here. Perched high on Cape Diamond, this hotel’s castle-like turrets dominate the skyline. Frontenac’s hosted everything from Alfred Hitchcock film sets to Allied leaders’ meetings during WWII. Sample first-class fare in the opulent Champlain Restaurant, or nibble on top-notch cheeses in the wine bar that overlooks the river.
1 Rue des Carrières, G1R 4P5
Check website for details.
Place Royale
This cobbled square is the birthplace of French Canada. In 1608, explorer Samuel de Champlain opened a trading post here and founded Québec. Nowadays, the square’s quaint stone buildings house antique and craft shops. Wander the narrow streets until the bells of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church ring. Then retire to Lapin Sauté to savour their rabbit stew and old-world ambiance.
1-17 Place Royale, G1K 4G6
Terrasse Dufferin
The views from this boardwalk are anything but “duff”. This walkway straddles the upper and lower old town. Hop on the city funicular, and zip up to the promenade. Stroll in sync with the St Lawrence River, from the famous Château Frontenac hotel to the Citadel – the home of Governor General Dufferin, who commissioned the terrace. Once there, spot the cornerstone he laid in 1878.
6 Place Terrasse Dufferin, G1R 4N5
Quartier du Petit Champlain
This charming neighbourhood looks like a snapshot of Europe. From the upper town, slowly descend what locals call the “Breakneck Steps”, or take a whistle-stop ride on the old-time funicular. In the shadow of Cape Diamond, amble down Rue du Petit Champlain. It’s a slender street of 17th-century stone buildings that house arty boutiques and pastry shops.
61 Rue du Petit Champlain, G1K 4H5
Citadel of Québec
It’s ironic that this military base is home to Canada’s only French-speaking army regiment – it was built by the British Army in the 19th century. Set atop Cape Diamond cliff, the star-shaped fort is a great vantage point for vistas over Old Québec and the harbour. In the museum, browse a raft of artefacts: from dusty 17th-century muskets to cherished collections of WWI medals.
1 Côte de la Citadelle, G1R 3R2
Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-18:00
Plains of Abraham
In 1759, this sprawling green space was the scene of clashes between French and British forces. Nowadays there are no battle cries, just the sound of joy and laughter. In summer, outdoor concerts boom across “Les Plaines”, and picnickers spread their blankets on grassy knolls. During winter, hardy locals swish around ski trails that overlook the icy Saint Lawrence River.
835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, G1R 2L3
Open Monday-Sunday 09:30-17:00
Grande Allée
This street has upscale sensibilities. For proof, count the number of sports cars that stand outside its eccentric Victorian mansions. Yet, the restaurant terraces of Grande Allée are social hotspots for all locals. Try relaxed Taverne for rustic pub grub, or sip a cocktail in glammy bistro-bar Savini. At Louis-Hébert, sample classic duck dishes. Vive la difference!
Grande Allée, G1S 1E1
Parc Aquarium du Québec
Tucked away amid oak forests, this aquarium houses 300 species of marine animals. In the main building, tunnel through the “Awesome Ocean” – it’s an underwater exhibition that harbours everything from seahorses to jellyfish. Catch a show to see if polar bears or walruses make the biggest splash, then take a breather by the riverside picnic tables.
1675 Avenue des Hôtels, G1W 4S3
Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00. Changes seasonally.
Montmorency Falls Park
Poet John Keats once wrote about this park’s “monstrous steep”. In sheer height, Montmorency Falls topples the more famous Niagara Falls by thirty metres. Flanked by cliffs of evergreens, the cascade’s copious flow is felt from all angles. Ramble the park’s panoramic trails, take a cable car cruise, or traverse the suspension bridge above the falls’ rumbling waters.
5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, G1C 0M3

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

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Very Good
Bring you wallet, it's not a cheap City to have fun in and make sure if you want to have a nice dinner you make reservations ahead of time, especially if it's around St. Patrick's day. Very good food and also great for history buffs
United States of America
March 20, 2017
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Exceptional
We attended a concert at the amazing Videotron facility. Shared an awesome romantic fondu meal at La Grolla Stayed in the perfect location at the lovely Hotel Manior Victoria
Marilu
Canada
March 22, 2017
8
Very Good
BEAUTIFUL city...a lot of traffic and construction everywhere, but beautiful!
NDou7
Canada
March 22, 2017
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Exceptional
Safe place to walk around, with quaint shops, amazing restaurants and cuisine, views that are breathtaking. A must go to city for all to enjoy!
Donna
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March 23, 2017
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Skiing "le relais" and " Camp Mercier" On sunday walking in the old city
Celine
Canada
March 21, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Quebec City

Hôtel Sainte-Anne

8.6 Excellent

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$80

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Hôtel Manoir de l'Esplanade

8.9 Excellent

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$93

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Hotel Port-Royal

8.7 Excellent

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$96

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Hotel le Priori

9.5 Exceptional

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$104

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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

8 Very Good

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$73

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Hotel Relais Charles-Alexandre

8.7 Excellent

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$81

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Hotel Manoir Victoria

9 Wonderful

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$98

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Hotel Le Saint-Paul

8.5 Very Good

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$74

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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

8.9 Excellent

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$152

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Discover Quebec City

Popular Neighborhoods in Quebec City

Sainte-Foy-Sillery

29 properties

In 1541, explorer Jacques Cartier settled this green stretch of the St Lawrence River. Now, it’s colonised by students who attend esteemed Laval University, Canada’s oldest college. The cool kids hang on Shack Bar’s lively terrace and boogie late in Club Maurice. For old-school vibes, relive the revelry of medieval taverns at La Chope Gobeline.

Old Quebec - Lower Town

23 properties

This area’s cobbled and slanted streets lend it the air of an Alpine village. Québec’s first French settlers made their home here. See their faces in the eye-catching murals found at either end of cute Rue du Petit Champlain. Peruse the Old Port Market for maple syrup and artisan cheeses. At snug Café St-Malo, curl up by the fire and sip on fine wine.

Saint-Roch

18 properties

Rejuvenated Saint-Roch, oh how it sparkles! This blue-collar quarter’s gone from rough gem to polished diamond in no time. Ramble along prettily-lit Rue Saint Joseph to find the hippest vintage shops and most-bearded bars. Le Cercle serves up gourmet food, industrial-chic décor and thumping DJs. For beers and bonhomie, try La Barberie microbrewery.

Les Rivières

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This riverside borough is a sleepy, middle-class suburb. Or is it? At weekends, it bursts to life with locals and day-trippers alike. Monster mall Les Galleries de La Capitale is the big draw. Join the carousel of shoppers in stores like Gap, Sears and Toys R Us. Then, get your skates on around Méga Parc’s ice rinks, arcades and ferris wheels.

Old Quebec - Upper Town

12 properties

This historic hub has seen epic battles on the Plains of Abraham and glitzy guests at Château Frontenac. In 1759, the British scaled Cape Diamond and took Québec – today, a quick funicular trip takes you up. At Citadel Fortress, dig into its military history and see the changing of the guards. Toast the day’s end at “1608”, Frontenac’s river-view bar.

Local Tips for Quebec City

Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France
Melissa by Melissa

Browsing bookshops and experiencing the change of the seasons are Melissa’s city picks.

You can take a unique journey back to the 17th and 18th centuries at this summer festival, which celebrates the city’s origins as the capital of New France. It's the perfect opportunity to step back in time and dress up in period costume, right in the heart of Old Québec.

  • 5 Rue du Cul-de-Sac, C.P. 128, succ. B, G1K 7A1
  • The festival takes place every year in August. Check website for details.
Les Promenades Fantômes (Ghost Tours)
Kim by Kim

Kim likes to spend her time satiating her passion for books and delicious food.

For a unique way to spend an evening, take a creepy after-dark tour through the winding streets of Old Québec. Your ghostly guide will share spooky stories and gory details about the darker side of the city’s history. Tours leave from outside the Morrin Centre – join in if you dare!

Rue du Trésor
Myriam by Myriam

An avid baker, Myriam enjoys cookery classes and creating sweet treats for her co-workers.

I’d recommend heading to this small, charming street for the chance to see local artists displaying their work. An original painting of the city from Rue du Trésor makes a great souvenir to take back home with you.

Complèxe Capitale Hélicoptère
Marc by Marc

Thrillseeker Marc is passionate about adventure sports, from rafting and climbing to skydiving.

I’m always on the lookout for exciting new experiences, and I certainly got one at Québec City’s Complèxe Capitale Hélicoptère. This interactive helicopter museum offers flight simulators, helicopter rides and even the chance to be a pilot for the day – unforgettable!

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Recommended in Quebec City

There is a reason that the famed Canadian friendliness is so often mentioned, and that is because it is very accurate. The people are warm, despite the climate. While their native language is French, the vast majority of the population is fluent in English as well. They're willing to help with directions as well as advice on what to see.

Take a walk around old Quebec. It has a unique feel that blends together French culture and Canadian pride. It is unlike any place in North America, but will remind the seasoned traveler of it's original patron-country, France.

Quebec is a city rich in history. It's blend of local Canadian national history, as well as it's rich ties to France and England, make it a hot bed for interesting landmarks.

I took a carriage ride with the love of my life. It was not inexpensive but it was the singularly most romantic thing I have ever done in my life and well worth it.

We enjoy exercise and we walked everywhere...so if you stay in the Old-Town area, everything is within reasonable walking distance.

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Why do you recommend Quebec City for food?

There are many good restaurants which includes getting outside the walled Old City

Will take your breath your breath away, literally, at -28C, and figuratively!

Poutine, and other french dishes are amazing...

Lobster burger and fries at Le Chic Shack

Transportation

Quebec City Transportation

Air - Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Situated 11 km from the city centre, Québec City Airport is easily reached by taxi. Cabs stop directly outside the terminal – vehicle type varies but all should have a clearly displayed ‘TAXI’ sign. The drive to the centre takes around 20 minutes, depending on traffic, and has a fixed price of CAD 34.25. Alternatively, 3 buses run to Les Saules bus terminal between 16:05 and 17:35, Monday–Friday only. A one-way ticket costs CAD 3.25, payable in change on board.

Train

Trains don’t run within Québec City itself, but are very handy for visiting nearby cities. The rail network is well organised, schedules are convenient and trains are comfortable. The city’s main station is Gare du Palais, while Sainte-Foy is a smaller station located next to the Aquarium. Tickets are sold online or at machines and counters inside the stations. Prices depend on the destination, with a one-way economy class ticket to Montréal costing around CAD 85.

Bus

Québec City’s efficient bus network covers the whole city and suburbs. A single ticket within the city costs CAD 3.25. You can pay on the bus in exact change, or buy tickets from selected convenience stores ("dépanneurs”). Timetables vary from line to line, but most buses run from roughly 07:00–23:30. On Friday and Saturday nights, night buses also cover key routes. Detailed schedules are available online – in winter, be aware that buses may be late due to snow.

Bicycle

Québec is a very bike-friendly city, with over 400 km of cycle paths. Most of them lead to La Route Verte, a multipurpose trail network which criss-crosses the province. The city centre is safe and accessible for cyclists, apart from the steep hills of Old Québec’s Upper Town. There is no public bicycle hire service, but many hotels have free bikes available to their guests. Several private companies also offer bike rentals, including Cyclo Services and Ecolocyclo.

Car

Driving is probably the easiest way to get around Québec, although a car really isn’t necessary if you are only visiting the city centre. Car rental agencies can be found both at the airport and within the city. Parking can be hard to find at busy times, particularly in Old Québec. Metered on-street parking is limited to stays of either 2 or 5 hours, depending on the zone, and generally costs around CAD 2 per hour. On public holidays, parking is free.

Ferry

Regular ferries cross the St. Lawrence River from Old Québec to Lévis, a historic town with wonderful views of Québec City. Boats make the 10-minute crossing between 06:00 and 02:00, with varying prices for foot passengers, cyclists and motorists. A standard adult ticket for a foot passenger or cyclist costs CAD 3.50, payable on board. The ferry terminals on both sides have good public transport links and easy access to cycle paths along the riverbank.

Food in Quebec City

Top Restaurants in Quebec City

Cheap Eats
Vietnamese
La Petite Boîte Vietnamienne
Mid-Range Fare
American
Bistro Le 330
  • 330 Rue de la Couronne, G1K 6E6
  • Open Monday-Friday 07:00-11:00 and 17:00-22:00, Saturday-Sunday 07:00-12:00 and 17:00-22:00
  • bistro330.com
  • 001 4186491919
Cheap Eats
French
La Boîte à Pain
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French
Le Nektar
  • 235 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, G1K 3B1
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 07:00-19:00, Thursday-Friday 07:00-21:00, Saturday-Sunday 08:00-19:00
  • lenektar.com
  • 001 4189779236
Cheap Eats
Local
Le Bureau de Poste
Cheap Eats
French
Brûlerie Saint-Roch
Mid-Range Fare
International
Pub du Parvis
Mid-Range Fare
Local
Table
  • 395 Rue de la Couronne, G1K 7X4
  • Open Saturday-Sunday 07:00-12:00 and 17:30-22:00, Monday-Tuesday 06:30-10:30 and 17:30-22:00, Wednesday-Friday 06:30-10:30 and 11:30-14:00 and 17:30-22:00
  • www.tablequebec.com
  • 001 4186472458
Upscale Dining
French
L'Affaire Est Ketchup
  • 46 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, G1K 3A6
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 06:00-23:00
  • 001 4185299020
Upscale Dining
French
Le Café du Clocher Penché
  • 203 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, G1K 3B1
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 11:30–14:00 and 17:00-22:00, Saturday 09:00-14:00 and 17:00-22:00, Sunday 09:00-14:00
  • www.clocherpenche.ca
  • 001 4186400597
Upscale Dining
French
Les Sales Gosses
Upscale Dining
French
Le Cercle
  • 228 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, G1K 3A9
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 11:30-01:30, Thursday-Friday 11:30-15:00, Saturday 15:00-03:00, Sunday 10:00-01:30
  • www.le-cercle.ca
  • 001 4189488648
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Versa
  • 432 Rue du Parvis, G1K 6H8
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 11:30-21:30, Thursday-Friday 11:30-22:30, Saturday 17:00-22:30, Sunday 17:00-21:30
  • 001 4185239995
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Italian
Mia Pasta
  • 450 Boulevard Charest Est, G1K 3J1
  • Open Sunday-Wednesday 11:00–21:00, Thursday-Saturday 11:00-22:00
  • 001 4189776611
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Boudoir
Mid-Range Fare
International
Mo Resto Bar
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Asian
Yuzu Sushi
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Local
Phil Smoked Meat
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Grill
Charbon Steakhouse
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American
Chez Victor
  • 300 Rue Saint Paul, G1K 7R1
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 07:30-21:00, Thursday 07:30-21:30, Thursday 07:30-22:00, Saturday 09:30-22:00, Sunday 09:30-21:00
  • chezvictorburger.com
  • 001 4187812511
Upscale Dining
Local
La Grolla
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Cafe
La Brûlerie de Café de Québec
Mid-Range Fare
French
Le Billig
Mid-Range Fare
French
Le Hobbit Bistro
Upscale Dining
French
Le Moine Échanson
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