Last weekend, I visited a dear friend who recently moved to Quebec City for work. I have always loved this city for its charm and its historic vibe but rarely had the chance to truly “hang out” there. So I hopped on the bus to meet my friend and I spent the weekend in lovely Quebec City.
The winter is a lovely time to visit the city if you love snow and are not afraid of the cold! Due to the proximity of the Saint-Laurent river, it can be quite windy and the city is usually colder than Montreal in the winter months.
Quebec City is so festive during the holidays!! There are lights everywhere, choirs sing Christmas carols in storefronts and many shops are beautifully decorated. I was honestly surprised by the amount of effort that was put into the decorations!
If you are spending a day or two in Quebec City, make sure to visit the Old Quebec, a lovely historic neighbourhood with a European feel. Drop by the Simons, which was the first ever store of the brand, built in 1870, to get your shopping fix and to admire the architecture of the store.
Right across the street is located the German Christmas Market, an outdoors market opened until December 23rd. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, taste some German delicacies or purchase some treats for yourself or a loved one.
Very closeby, you will find Baguette & Chocolat, a coffee shop where you can enjoy ILLY coffee. Try the Nutella latte like my friend and I ordered! So rich, yet so good! They also serve meals, desserts, and classic Italian pastries such as cannoli. The staff is very friendly and kindly helped us pick a snack.
Another great coffee/pastry shop is Paillard, where you are sure to find a large selection of fresh bread, pastries, and delicious coffee. The place fills up very quickly though, but it’s worth waiting for a table.
If you still have people on your list to spoil, stop at Roseville or at Lili & Olivia, two lovely shops that offer the cutest items for your stationery, or decoration, bath products, accessories, etc. Think uniqueness and high quality.
Another place not to be missed is thePetit Champlain neighbourhood. This is probably the nicest area to take a walk and shop a little, and it is even lovelier during the holidays! This is the place to buy locally-made souvenirs and regional specialties. During the holidays, there is music animation and you can even take pictures with Santa Claus!
After your walk, stop for a bite at Cochon Dingue (several locations) and enjoy a French-inspired meal such as Steak Frites, veal liver, etc. Feeling fancy or want to celebrate a special occasion? Have a drink at the beautiful bar in the Château Frontenac, the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar. The decor and the view are stunning and the 1608 has a very large selection of wines, liquors, and pretty much anything you like to drink!
Quebec City is the perfect place to catch up with a dear friend, bring a loved one, or spend time with the family. The city is so lovely and charming, your weekend will FLY by!
It’s no wonder everyone falls in love with the city and wants to go back!