Hello from Québec City! The crown jewel of French Canada, Québec City is one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th- and 18th-century houses and soaring church spires, with the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all. There’s more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares. Dating to 1608, it retains its fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with its narrow streets.
You can get a taste of the city in a single day, but linger at least a weekend if you can. The city’s compact size makes it ideal for walking, and it shines brightest when you slow down.
The main focus of your visit should be the Old Town, split between the Old Upper Town (Haute Ville), perched above the St Lawrence River on the Cap Diamant cliffs, and the Old Lower Town (Basse Ville), where Samuel de Champlain established the first French foothold in 1608. The Old Town is packed with museums, mansard-roofed houses and cobblestone streets just begging to be explored.
Fine dining and shopping are an art form in Old Québec, particularly along rue Saint-Jean and rue Saint-Louis, where European charm adds a dash of flair to any outing. There is no excuse to eat bad at the vactime! Located in the heart of Old Québec, The Bistro Italiano Portofino charm tourists visiting and Québec people who appreciate its old stone walls, its ”joie de vivre”, its typical Italian cuisine, family atmosphere and warm hospitality, makes this place truly incredible.
The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to the European charm. You’ll find horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers, and artists, particularly at Old Québec’s own open-air art gallery, Rue du Trésor.
Old Québec is famous for its European charm and well-preserved architectural treasures. The entire district, which is best explored on foot, is a living history book, and every garden, building and street corner is its own chapter. It is not my first time visiting Québec City, and I would advise you to stay there for 2 days at least. Whether you prefer staying at the world’s renowned Château Frontenac, or in a small, charming B&B (Bed & Breakfast),Québec City offers a vast choice to please every taste and pocket. Our choice was Palace Royal Hotel.
Total look – Zara // Sandals – Calvin Klein // Bag – Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses – Simons // Watch – Gucci Bamboo
To be continued…