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European Gem In Our Backyard

A January 2003 trip to Quebec City by charolastra24

Chateau Frontenac Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: All too often overlooked in eastern Canada, and overshadowed by its bigger and more glamorous sister, Montreal, Quebec City is a delightful town that will charm its way into your heart

European Gem In Our Backyard

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Overview

Chateau Frontenac Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Take a funicular ride from Le Chateau Frontenac to the lower city to have a killer breakfast at Le Cochon Dingue (get the hot chocolate!!); walk amongst the snow sculptures at the winter carnival; toss back a few brews or pick from over 50 single malt scotches at Le Pub St. Alexandre; check out a bit of history (and warm up!) in La Musee de Civilisation; and have melt-in-your-mouth crepes at Casse-Crepe Breton on Rue St. Jean in the Old City.Quick Tips: Pack warm unless you're going to be there in July and/or August - even in June things can get quite chilly with the wind off the river, and in dead winter, it can be ARCTIC. Don't plan TOO much time, either; 5 days is plenty to take in the cit...Read More

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec

Hotel | "Centre International de Sejour de Quebec"

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This is less a hostel and more a pension, especially since they completed the renovation over the last few years. Rooms are spotless, if a bit lackluster, but the newer rooms with private bathrooms are one of the best bargains in the city for solo travelers who want a bit of privacy. If you're traveling in a group, or really on a budget, the dorm-style rooms are CHEAP!! Large community kitchen downstairs, and a game room/library with a pool table and Pac-Man (!!!) on the street level. Rooms are upstairs. The location is unbeatable - on a small side street sandwiched right in the heart of the Old City, with a massive underground parking garage just a few streets over. Good place to mee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec
19 RUE SAINTE-URSULE
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-0755

Petit Coin Breton (Au)

Restaurant | "Au Petit Coin Breton"

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There are several of these - one in one of the huge malls on Boulevard Laurier in the new city, and one further down the boulevard toward the Old City, just outside the walls.

They specialize in Bretonese cuisine - the French onion soup and escargot are some of the best in the city, and the desserts are fantastic.

Servers wear traditional Bretonese costumes - corny, but fun.

A bit more expensive than my average Quebecois meal, but worth it for a little splurge.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Petit Coin Breton (Au)
1029 St-Jean St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 1R9
+1 418 694 0758

Cafe Crepe Breton

Restaurant | "Casse Crepe Breton"

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I love this place! No menu - you go in and just order whatever filling you want for however many crepes you want. Prices are exceptionally decent - you can eat a late breakfast here and make it through the day easily on less than C$10.

Crepes are light and they don't skimp on the fillings - everything from veggies, cheese, and meats to fruit fillings and chocolate. Try chocolate, banana, and strawberry - my personal favorite.

Service can be a bit brusque and it can be crowded sometimes, mostly from locals, but if you make it here for your first breakfast, you'll be back before you leave!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Cafe Crepe Breton
1136 rue St. Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 692 0438

Le Cochon Dingue

Restaurant

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Another of my personal favorites in Quebec...you HAVE to have breakfast here at least once - then come back later for dessert! There are three of these around the city, but this one's the best.

Breakfast portions are huge, and not unreasonable in terms of price - just make sure you get the hot chocolate. It's the best I've ever had! Almost everything is made in-house, from the jams (delicious) to all of the baked goods (sinful).

Lunch and dinner tend to be more crowded, and not as budget-friendly, but make sure to come back for some dessert. Their pies, especially the sugar pie, are outstanding. Quebec's finest!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Le Cochon Dingue
46 Boulevard Champlain
Quebec City, Quebec G1K 4H7
(418) 692-2013

Astral

Restaurant | "L'Astral"

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This place kinda sucks, to be honest. It's one of those rotating restaurants near a hotel rooftop - takes a little over an hour to make a full swing. So right away, you know that there's more kitsch here than class.

Swank setting and eye-popping prices do not justify the mediocre food (although the kitchen has improved over the last few years under a new chef). I've been here twice, both for the New Years buffet, with two different groups, and I wasn't bowled over either time. Decent wine list, but put together more for length than substance, and the markup is ridiculous. Drinks are overpriced. Kind of cool at night for the view, but if you're gonna splurge, do it elsewhere.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Astral
1225 Place Montcalm
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4W6
+1 418 647 2222

Portofino

Restaurant | "Portofino Bistro"

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One of Quebec's dining blights. The food is overpriced and mediocre at best. The wood-fired pizza isn't too bad, but we went for an early dinner one night (around 5pm), and the place was practically empty, and we waited almost an hour and fifteen minutes for our food after ordering. Service is rude at times, nearly combative when we asked for our food. Definitely not recommended.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Portofino
54 Couillard St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 3T3
+1 418 692 8888

Pub Saint-Alexandre

Attraction | "Pub St-Alexandre"

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This is my - and everybody's! - favorite bar in Quebec City. They have an enormous selection of bottled beers, rotate many on tap, and list over 50 single-malt scotches. Beer is reasonable, while drinks are a tad pricey. Decor is very British-pub, dark wood and brass, but comfortable and warm. The atmosphere is laid back and the crowd tends to be younger - there's live music on most nights, and the house band (the Cape Breton Barbarians) plays folksy stuff that you don't have to scream to be heard over. Some of the best pub food in town, but be prepared to pay a little more for it, and make sure you're in the mood for a crowd - it's usually packed. Service is friendly, if a bit harried. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Pub Saint-Alexandre
1087 St-Jean St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 1S3
+1 418 694 0015

Chez Dagobert

Attraction

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Loud, noisy, packed, and hot. I'm not a huge clubber anyway, but this place is on everybody's list in Quebec, so I went to see what all the fuss was about.

I guess, as clubs go, it's pretty cool - there are three floors so you can always try to find someplace a bit less raucous. The music is ear-piercingly loud, and by midnight, there's barely room to breathe, not that you'd want to considering how stifling it can get.

If you're into clubs, this one is supposed to be fantastic, but I can't stand the noise and crowd and heat. Drinks are relatively reasonable. And, this is THE young scene in the city. Worth a look, but, if you're not into clubbing, don't plan a whole night around the Dag.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Chez Dagobert
600 Grande-Allée St East
Quebec, Quebec G1R 2K5
+1 418 522 0393

Avoid at ALL COSTS...

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Story/Tip

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...the "castle-like bed and breakfast" at Chemin de la Canardiere & Henry Bourassa, run by Monsieur Gilles. My girlfriend (Rachel), her sister (Laura), her sister's boyfriend (Mike), and I booked two rooms at this B&B through the website bbselect.com (property Qc-Qc-6) for three nights, New Years 2002 and 2003. (http://www.bbselect.com/countryinns/canada/quebec/quebeccity/0006.html) I can't give a more specific name because the website doesn't provide one. Regardless, here's our story. We got there the day of our reservation, after having confirmed our reservation a week earlier with bbselect.com, and the inn informs us not only that he has positively no record of the reservation, but th...Read More

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