Anyone who knows me, knows that I have gone gaga for K-drama recently. To the uninitiated, K-drama means Korean drama. Wait a minute, what does K-drama have to do with Quebec City you may ask. That’s how I discovered this picturesque city.
On a saturday night I was busy binging on the K-drama – ‘Goblin The Lonely and Great God’ which was partly filmed in this beautiful city. I couldn’t believe that such a beautiful place existed in Canada. By the end of the drama I was besotted and convinced my husband to pack our bags and head out to the city for a month.
Once I reached there, the French architecture coupled with the French-speaking locals had me believing I was in France not Canada. Our airbnb (get free travel credit here) host, who managed to speak a few sentences in English, was very gracious and pointed us to all the places to visit in Quebec City.
We were based near Rue Saint Jean. This is the best place to get a place on airbnb or a hotel in my opinion. This street has many restaurants of various cuisines. The food is better than you get in Old Quebec and the prices are also affordable. One restaurant worthy of mention is – The Hobbit. We went there for brunch two days in a row. Not only was the food amazing, the service was par excellence.
Most of the attractions in Quebec are located inside the fort in Old Quebec which is a ten minute walk from Rue St. Jean. The points of interest in Old Quebec City are:
Quebec City Attractions
1. The Tourist Route
The tourist route spans the streets of Saint Jean, Cote de la Fabrique, Rue De Baude, Rue du Fort and Rue St. Louis. It is starts from the fort entrance at Saint Jean and ends at the fort entrance at Rue St. Louis. Look up the google map at the end of this post for reference. This loop has many shops, galleries and restaurants. It is best to visit the route during evenings when part of Rue St. Jean past the D-Youville Square is blocked off to traffic. During this time many buskers and musicians set up shop here. I found that the buskers and musicians amplified the fun I had in this city.
2. Chateau Frontenac
If you are rich enough to get a room here, it is a real treat to live in this luxurious hotel. For the less fortunate like me, we can still enjoy the glory of this magnificent castle-esque hotel and enjoy a walk on the Dufferin Terrasse overlooking the St. Lawrence river.
3. Quartier Petit Champlain
This shopping street is hands down my favourite place in Quebec City. It is so cute, that I had the feeling of being transported to Hogsmeade village of Harry Potter fame when I entered it. This shopping quarter can be accessed by road or by the Funiculaire from Terrasse Dufferin. It has an old world feel and is lined by quaint colorful shops, restaurants and galleries which look even better as the evening lights come on. Don’t forget to taste maple taffy and chocolate popcorn. Yum!
4. St. Lawrence River
The view of the St. Lawrence can be enjoyed from many spots from Terrasse Dufferin. However, to actually experience the river, you can go on a river cruise from the port across the Quartier Petit Champlain. There are many types of cruises you can book, you can book a short cruise of about an hour and half or you can book a much lengthier dinner cruise which has entertainment to boot. if the fireworks display is in season, then you can catch a fireworks cruise too.
5. The Governor’s Walk and The Citadelle of Quebec
The Governor’s walk connect Terrasse Dufferin to the Plains of Abraham and the Citadelle. If you are up for a hike you can start from Terrasse Dufferin and climb up 300 steps. If not, you can take the easy route and start from the Plains of Abraham and climb down. Either way, the views along the way are amazing. You can walk of the walls of the fort, catch sweeping views of Chateau Frontenac from the slopes of the Citadelle and the Plains of Abraham, visit the museum and witness changing of the guard ceremonies.
6. The Montmorency Falls
After seeing the Niagara falls, almost all the other falls dwarf in comparison. However, this falls manages to hold its own. It is said to be higher than the Niagara falls and worth a visit.
I hope that this post inspires you to visit Quebec City. I guarantee that this city is unforgettable!
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