Planning a romantic escape to Quebec City? Here's how to show your wallet a little love.
Where to stay in Quebec City
The more modest Maison du Fort may lack Chateau Frontenac's unmistakable glamour and grandeur, but its charming and sophisticated rooms won my heart when we stayed there. The homemade, self serve continental breakfast comes with trays in case you want to do a version of breakfast in bed and I can highly vouch for their zucchini cinnamon loaf. The standard rooms are a bit on the small side but there's one (on the main floor at the front of the house) that has high ceilings and big windows, making the room feel extra airy and bright.
As much as I love Maison du Fort, I must conclude that my dear friend Jo, from Frugal First Class Travel, might just have the scoop on the most amazing property in Quebec City. The historic St Augustine Monastery has been renovated and reinvented as a beautiful health and wellness center which offers overnight accommodations in pretty rooms. This is truly a unique property and it hasn't hit any guidebooks yet. I expect once it's 'discovered' you'll have to fight through the door! Read Jo's report here.
Food, food, food!
Just how great is their service? One year, Ryan had the misfortune of having a small fly drown itself in his drink. It's just one of those things that happens sometimes. He quietly asked the bartender for a fresh drink, which was immediately provided. But when we finished our drinks and went to pay our bill, we were told it was already taken care of. They had already perfectly resolved the problem and of course there was nothing wrong with my drink. We fully expected to pay our full and fair bill. But they insisted. Their classy behavior has earned our loyalty for life!
Of course, one cannot live on dessert and chocolate cocktails alone (or so I'm told). We are still searching for our ultimate go-to restaurant in Quebec City as we've run into a few culinary challenges. I don't really eat red meat and Ryan is allergic to shellfish. It's been difficult to find a restaurant that doesn't have a heavy focus on one or both of these foods. But happily our restrictions don't apply to everyone and I appealed to some of my girlfriends for foodie recommendations.
- From Tamara: Le Cochon Dingue has locations throughout the city. Budget friendly French bistro and Petite Cochon in the lower town.
- From Cailin: Ashton's is where they say the first poutine came from!
- From Jessie: We LOVED the Hobbit restaurant. If you go before 7, their daily specials are really inexpensive.
- From Lillie: This may not be budget friendly but I LOVED the meal we had at Le Lapin Saute. They have a lovely outdoor seating area, and their rabbit pie was SO GOOD.
- From Dalene: La Fabrique du Smokemeat is a must! Out of the center, but well worth the trip. We also enjoyed Le Chic Shaq for a totally different take on poutine.
PS - What can be more romantic and affordable than having homemade hot chocolate for two? Pamela's blog post here details the best places in Quebec City for 'chocolat chaud'.
What to see and do.
One of our other favourite things to do in old Quebec City is to buy art. A new painting or print is a great way to mark a special occasion. Some vendors are selling their own original work, while others are hawking post cards. But no matter your budget, you can usually find something you like and with cash in hand, you can usually negotiate a discount on the listed price.
A romantic getaway for every budget.
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