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Quebec City

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A March 2001 trip to Quebec City by Jeffrey

Cultural Sights Outside the Wall Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian Province of Quebec, and is the only walled city in North America. It is very rich in history, so there is a lot to see and do.

Quebec City

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Cannon Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The Chateau Frontenac Hotel dominates the Old Quebec skyline, and provided a great base for exploring Quebec City (although there are many small charming hotels in the area). Wherever you stay, you won't want to miss Old Quebec, and its many restaurants, boutiques, museums, and shops, both inside and outside the wall. Outside the wall, the lower and oldest part of the city has museums, many antique shops, boutiques, gift shops, and the Old Port (Vieux Port). These streets are said to be the oldest commercial streets in North America. Inside the wall, there are historical hotels, churches, and remnants of military defense everywhere, including cannons, and a fortress called T...Read More

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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Hotel | "Chateau Frontenac"

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Le Chateau Frontenac is a fabulous Fairmont-managed resort located at the edge of the walled city of Quebec. The resort has a main tower with 18 floors and surrounding towers with 6 floors. Together, they provide a fantastic and beautiful landmark in Old Quebec that looks like a spectacular castle. Chateau Frontenac has over 600 guest rooms, over 20 suites, and 20 conference rooms. Our visit was in late March, considered low season due to cold and windy weather. As such, we received a great rate of $169 CDN for a Fairmont (standard) room. Through membership in their frequent customer program, we received an upgrade to a deluxe room. When combined with the favorable exchange rate of the US ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2001

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
1 RUE DES CARRIERES
Quebec City, Quebec G1R4P5
418 692-3861

Le Petit Chateau (Creperie)

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Restaurant | "Creperie La Petit Chateau"

Le Petit Chateau (Creperie) Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Creperie Le Petit Chateau is a French country restaurant in Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec) right next to the Chateau Frontenac (see other journal entry). They specialize in crepe dishes and have several fondue dishes. They have a country-style decor and an outdoor courtyard. During our visits the courtyard had six-foot snow piles, so we sat in the cozy dining room. It has stone walls, wood beams, and lots of light. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both our visits were for breakfast. In both visits we had the same friendly helpful server, and ordered the same thing...the Chef Omelet, which is a large fluffy omelet with bacon, asparagus, and cheese, served with toast and po...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2001

Le Petit Chateau (Creperie)
5, rue St-Louis
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-1616

Le Diable Aux Anges Cafe Bistro

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Restaurant | "Le Diable o' Anges Cafe Bistro"

Le Diable Aux Anges Cafe Bistro Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Le Diable o' Anges Cafe Bistro is just outside the wall in the Quartier Petit Champlain (which is the alley behind Boulevard Champlain). The staff confirmed the translation is "The House of Angels," but I didn't ask why the subject in their logo had horns and a pointed tail (i.e., like the devil). Although we stopped only for coffees and to freshen up, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at reasonable prices. The decor is contemporary and creative. The tables are silk-screened with their sign logo, and they have other neat decor, including Easter eggs and grass, and cool neon lights over the bar. To get there from inside the wall at the Chateau Frontenac, you can either take the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2001

Le Diable Aux Anges Cafe Bistro
28 Bd Champlain (alley entrance)
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 692-4674

Cafe Buade

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Restaurant | "Restaurant Cafe Buade"

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Restaurant Cafe Buade and the street it is on in Old Quebec (inside the wall) is named after Louis de Buade, who was Governor-General of Canada from 1672-1682 and again from 1689-1698. I'm told that this is the oldest restaurant in Quebec, but you wouldn't know it based on general appearances. They have a comfortable and warm environment. The decor includes stone walls (what else?) and wood beams. They have wood booths and nice contemporary lighting over the booths. They are open for lunch and dinner, and claim to have the best prime rib in town. I will have to confirm this on my next visit, since we only stopped for coffees and to warm up from our cool outdoor sightseeing. I did ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2001

Cafe Buade
31 Rue de Buade
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 692-3909

Gambrinus Restaurant

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Restaurant

Gambrinus Restaurant Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Gambrinus is a French and Italian restaurant just across the square from the Chateau Frontenac (see other journal). The close proximity to the hotel was very welcome on the cold evening of our visit. It has a warm quiet romantic atmosphere, with a split-level floor plan in an old stone building. They have excellent service, and a classical guitarist/vocalist that is entertaining without being intrusive. Their menu is varied, and includes appetizers ($8-$13 CDN), salads ($5-$7 CDN), and soups ($4-$7 CDN). Entree dishes include pastas ($13-$21), beef/veal ($19-$30 CDN), fish and seafood ($22-$40 CDN), and other specialties. They also have a large selection of desserts ($7-$8 CDN) and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2001

Gambrinus Restaurant
15 Rue du Fort
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 692-5144

Cafe Crepe Breton

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Restaurant | "Casse Crepe Breton"

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Casse Crepe Breton is a very cool small French country place in Old Quebec. Although there were many obvious visitors from outside the local area, there is a neat local flavor about this place. After entering a small glass vestibule, you enter the cozy breakfast/brunch wood bar area. The bar seats about 8, and there are 2-3 small tables. There is a small open kitchen behind glass where you can see them make the crepes up close, which is kind of neat. On the way out they even let me take a picture (stay tuned). Next to the bar is a small dining room (where we sat) with a few nice wood booths with tapestry-like fabrics, tables, and restrooms. The menu is limited (oriented t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2001

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

Café de la Paix

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Restaurant | "Cafe de la Paix"

Café de la Paix Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Cafe de la Paix is a French restaurant in the heart of Old Quebec (inside the wall), within easy walking distance from the Chateau Frontenac (see other journal entry). If you are not walking, they have free valet parking. The service was good and the environment was elegant casual, which is nice while on vacation. My wife ordered ala carte, starting with a small caesar salad, followed by a main course of their rack of lamb (sliced into lamb chops). Both were very good I'm told. I ordered Table D'Hote (fixed price multi-course) dinner with a leafy salad, followed by veal medallions with mushroom sauce (it was terrific!). A dessert course came with mine, but I passed on it. I should...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2001

Café de la Paix
44 des Jardins St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4L7
+1 418 692 1430

Saint Patrick Irish Pub

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Restaurant

Saint Patrick Irish Pub Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The St Patrick Irish Pub is a cool Irish pub right in the middle of some of the most historic areas of French-speaking Quebec City (of all places). St Patrick is in the middle of an ancient block of old stone buildings, next to a very popular restaurant. The pub is in 2 rooms. The cozy bar has a small stage, an arc-shaped bar with about 20 stools, and about a dozen small tables with chairs. The bar has an unusual front window....much like a store front, but this one has Irish leprechauns, whiskey barrels, and logo signs and other props for Irish beer and whiskey. A separate dining room has tables and rustic stone walls. Our visit was in the bar, to warm up and rest from a lot of wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2001

Saint Patrick Irish Pub
1200, rue St-Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-0618

Verrerie La Mailloche (Glassblowing) Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Verrerie La Mailloche is a factory and boutique of glass containers, sculptures and art. This self-sufficient enterprise is called an Economusee, where a firm showcases traditional craftsmaking of local artisans (glassblowers) to the public, and covers all their expenses by selling their products. In the downstairs, they blow the glass, and have cool and informative glassblowing demonstrations. Upstairs, they have the boutique, where you can buy their very nice glass wares. They have a free exhibition of glassblowing, and the artisan was friendly and helpful. There are signs (in French and English) in the glassblowing area that details each step of the process. Verrerie L...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2001

Verrerie La Mailloche (Glassblowing)
58, rue Sous-le-Fort
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-0445

Cultural Sights Outside the Wall

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Attraction | "Outside the Wall"

Cultural Sights Outside the Wall Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Outside the wall of Old Quebec is as rich in art and culture as inside the wall. This part of Quebec is not only outside the wall, but is also about 200 feet below the level of the wall. To reach lower Quebec, you can walk (or drive) downhill on streets to the east and north toward the St Lawrence River; or take the Funicular (a near vertical tram/rail) from the boardwalk (Dufferin Terrasse) outside the Chateau Frontenac hotel; or take the 200 or so stairs down from the boardwalk. Take the Funicular at least once. It only costs $1.25 CDN per person, one way. If you take the stairs or the Funicular, you will be in the Quartier Petit Champlain (little Champlain), which is an alley tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2001

Cultural Sights Outside the Wall
Outside the South East Wall of Quebec
Quebec City, Quebec