Now, I’m a millennial, soooo…wait, I don’t have to preface this or explain to you, people of the internet! These are my top favorite eateries we tried while in Quebec City for our fall anniversary/birthday trip. I base this list on the following criteria:
1. The food must be good and fairly affordable.
2. The food and atmosphere must be very hip and aesthetic. Willing to overlook affordability somewhat if the atmosphere is banging and the food is delicious, but will not compromise on taste.
That’s pretty much it, so without further ado, here we go!🥐🍓🧀🍔
Address: 1097 Rue Saint Jean
This place was just good. You walk in, and it’s packed. Always. Not only do they have freshly baked breads and pastries, including macaroons, but they serve breakfast in the morning and lunch/dinner type assortments the rest of the day. We went there on two separate occasions, once for breakfast, once for lunch. Pictured above is our breakfast, The Matin Special, I believe, for less than $8. It features a bacon, egg and hollandaise croissant, a cup of fruit and a coffee, however, you can change up the ingredients of your croissant to ham and boost your coffee, but this was perfect for us!
When we had lunch here, there were sandwiches and soups galore to choose from, plus bottled drinks. Think deli style. You pick your drink, or get a fountain one, and order at a counter. Your order number is then called out when your food is ready.
Definitely hit this place up while in Quebec, but make sure you come a little earlier than you want to eat because it stays busy!
2. Le Chic Shack
Address: 15 Fort Street
Oh, the burgers at this place.😍🍔 Absolutely phenomenal. It’s a little Americanized, but not obnoxiously so. They have ketchup available for us southerners, but they still offer up a Canadian specialty that cannot be missed: poutine. You also can’t miss the location of this place–it is literally right next to Chateau Frontenac!
Pictured above is the Le du Fort Burger, which is piled with Canadian bacon, honey mustard and pickles for a truly amazing combination I’m still drooling over! (I love honey mustard, why does it feel so wrong and nay, so right to place it on a burger?!) we also ordered a side of Classique Poutine. The order you see here is a small. Only order the regular if you are starving or have a table to share with because them portions be HUGE.
Le Chic Shack’s take on poutine is great–steak cut potatoes in a gravy sauce with cheese curds. You’re wanting some right now, aren’t you? Because while writing this, I am! 🤤 Also, try their handmade sodas made with real fruit purée! They had delicious looking milkshakes, but alas, we were too full.
3. Bols Et Poke
Address: 545 Rue Saint Jean
I couldn’t make this list without listing at least one asian restaurant. I have to have something asian everywhere I go. In Venice, Italy, I found a place that served stir fry and you best believe I got some. 😂
This place is refreshing, clean tasting and just tastes so good. I do not remember the name of what I got, but it was vegan and gluten free. It consisted of noodles in a peanut sauce, avocado, rice squares, cashews, kale and cucumbers and it was freaking amazing. Tim basically got these giant sushi rolls that he said were also good. Together, our food was about $29. Not terrible, not cheap, but not terrible. The food was so good though, I’m not complaining!
This place was also very chill with window seating where you could just watch the world go by.
*Bonus Asian Food Lover Tip: If you love Bubble or Boba Tea as much as I do, you can still get that fix while in Canada! I got a great matcha boba tea at a place called Sushi Togo. 636 Rue Saint Jean*
4. Simon Patisserie
Address: 471 Rue Saint Jean
See, now you’re seeing why that VRBO I mentioned in my previous Quebec post is so great! It is on Rue Saint Jean and literally a stone’s throw from most of these excellent restaurants!
This bakery is one that Tim and I would pass literally every day. The sweet little woman who worked there had the prettiest pastries, cupcakes, sugared things galore, displayed in her window. She was always very kind when we would stop in and try some of her desserts.
Pictured here are a few of her top sellers: little dense pastries full of almond paste or raspberry filling. She also sold cookies, croissants, eclairs—pretty much anything you could think of! If you need something sweet, stop here!
5. Cafe La Maison Smith
Address: 1141 Rue Saint Jean
This little coffee shop is a chain around Quebec with many you can find, but not so prevalent as Tim Horton’s, the coffee and doughnut chain that is equivalent to America’s Dunkin Doughnuts.
At this cafe, you will find all your caffeinated needs and macaroons, pies and more. 🥧
I got a chai here, one of my favorite drinks, along with a lemon macaroon. Scrumptious!
810 Boulevard Honoré-Mercier
This place has an excellent lunch or breakfast! The dining area is in a little greenhouse like space.
Tim got a Monte Cristo and I had just a simple croissant and one of the BEST green tea matcha lattes I’ve had in forever. We’re talking totally perfect, no need to sweeten this, perfectly foam arted latte.👌🏻
I should have taken a picture, but I was too busy enjoying it, so you’ll have to trust me on this one. 🤷🏻♀️
7. Au Petit Coin Breton
Address: 2600 Boulevard Laurier
If you’re looking for crepes, look no further! This place not only has them, but a very quaint, French tavern sort of atmosphere in which you can enjoy them. I enjoyed the strawberries and custard crepes, which were delicious! My husband opted for a more traditional breakfast which included toast, eggs and fruit.
This is also a place right in the heart of Old Quebec, so you can explore after eating!
Honorable mention goes to Le Bureau de Poste(296 Rue Saint Joseph) in Lower Quebec, the more modern section of the city. It is a restaurant where all meals are only $5.95(talk about cheap eats!) and it is inside an old post office! Really cool.
I hope you all loved this list! What are your favorite things to eat on vacation? And have you been to any of these places in Quebec City?