Quebec City is one of the most beautiful and historically important cities in North America. Located on the bank of the St. Lawrence river, it has a European vibe that attracts millions of tourists per year. Quebec City has long been a hub for history and architecture buffs, but it’s also perfect for foodies, shoppaholics, and beer snobs alike.
Here are KEP’s recommendations for planning un magnifique weekend away in the old city.
WHERE TO STAY
Auberge Saint-Antoine has all the rustic charm of Quebec City combined with the ultra-chic style of a boutique hotel. Perfectly located in Old Quebec, many rooms offer sweeping views of the St. Lawrence river. The on-site Health Club has collagen facials, massages, mani-pedis, and free yoga—all of which are sure to be a hit with your girl gang.
KEP Tip: Chez Muffy is a top-notch restaurant and bar located inside of the hotel. Grab a couple cocktails and catch their live jazz band on Thursday nights from 8-11pm.
WHERE TO VISIT
Have a few foodies in your group? Ateliers & Saveurs offers a wide range of cooking, cocktail making, and wine tasting classes in both French and English. They also have private, customizable classes available if you’re looking for something a little more personal.
KEP Tip: The Tendance Cocktail class lets you create three unique cocktails. We think this sounds like the perfect pre-game before a night out with the girls.
Escape the hustle and bustle of tourists in Old Quebec with a relaxing day at Siberia Station Spa. You can experience a traditional outdoor Scandinavian-style spa located just 15 minutes outside of the City. Spend the day relaxing in a variety of different jacuzzis, thermal pools, saunas, and steam rooms.
KEP Tip: Receive a discounted rate on any of their many massage options by booking after 5pm.
WHERE TO EAT
For brunch check out La Bûche located in the Old Town. They’re known for their traditional French-Canadian dishes with a contemporary flare. In addition to great food, La Bûche serves up a quirky and eclectic ambiance. The colorful murals, cafeteria-style trays, and checkered napkins will give you something to smile about while you sip your mimosas.
KEP Tip: Speaking of mimosas, they are $15 and bottomless at La Bûche. Need we say more?
For dinner you can’t go wrong with the popular L’Atelier on Grand Allee. The atmosphere is chic and sophisticated with plenty of outdoor and indoor seating. L’Atelier offers a nice change of pace from the quaintness of the Old Town. Their booze list is sprawling—featuring clever cocktail names like Gin I. Joe and Absolute Douchebag.
KEP Tip: L’Atelier is known for their creative, specialty tartars. We recommend doing a sampler platter so you can try all of their most popular combinations.
WHERE TO PARTY
If you’re looking to party like you’re still in university, look no further than Dagobert Nightclub. You can reserve tables in advanced for you and your crew. Housed in an old mansion, Dagobert has three unique floors of dancing and drinking.
KEP Tip: As true millenials, we would be remiss if we didn’t recommend Dagobert’s 90’s Dance Party night.
For a more laid-back night out head over to La Barbarie, one of city’s best breweries. With over 15 beers on tap and many more in bottles, there’s something for every palette. If the weather is nice, make sure to grab a table on La Barbarie’s lush and lively outdoor patio.
KEP tip: Overwhelmed by beer choices? Order the carousel, a sampling of 8 different varieties in a cute wooden display.
Feature: Jeff Frenette Photography
Where to Stay: Auberge Saint-Antoine