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After spending a day and a half in Montreal, we left to get to Quebec City which was about a 3 hour drive from Montreal. The rain had followed us there but luckily it wasn’t as bad.
Our Hotel: Best Western Plus Centre-ville/City Centre Québec
This hotel was about $87 a night, we stayed for two. It was a good deal for it’s location, just an 8 minute drive to Old Quebec. Plus, I am starting to realize, that it is always better to travel in packs of 4, that way splitting everything is so much cheaper! I recently did a one day trip to NYC with 3 friends and it ended up being only $39 per person including gas and everything we ate, and we ate a lot. (Post coming soon.)
Dinner at La Grolla
Once we checked into the hotel, our first order of business was to have dinner. N had looked up a fondue restaurant, La Grolla, which seemed like just what we needed in the cool rainy weather. The restaurant was about a 15 minute walk from our hotel and was situated in a small line of restaurants and shops.
As soon as we entered, a nice warm feeling came upon us. It was a cute and cozy little restaurant and the server really made us feel welcome. We had tons of questions for him as it was the first time for three out of four of us to try fondue. After much deliberation, we settled on a tomato, garlic, cheese and basil fondue. It came with pieces of bread and boy did it hit the spot!
For a first time experience, I think it was pretty good.
However, the dessert was a bit disappointing as we were expecting the chocolate to come in a skillet similar to the one that the savory fondue came in. Regardless, we cleaned up the plate pretty well. 😉
Next, we decided to walk around the city a bit and check out the scene. The streets were pretty quiet and wet. We wandered into a coffee shop to get coffee, and hot chocolate for me. Our overall coffee and hot chocolate experience was pretty good every where we went. My favorite part was that when you order a small cup, you in fact get a small cup. Not like here in America, where all the portions are so huge! For me, especially when it comes to sweets, I prefer smaller portions.
We ended that night with taking our warm beverages and heading back to the hotel to rest up for the long day ahead.
This was my favorite day out of our whole trip! We started the morning at around 9 am by driving 15 minutes outside of the city to Montmorency Falls. I had read so much about them before going and I knew that I had to check them out!
When you park and get to the falls, it’s all very well paved throughout. There is a suspended bridge over the falls that you can walk over to get spectacular photos.
There are also steps on either side of the fall for you to climb up and down to get better views. The steps can be a bit challenging, but if you are into nature and hiking, I think this is something you must do when you are in the area. We spent about 1.5-2 hours here.
Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Quebec
Next up, we walked around the city center of Quebec City.
And eventually made our way to the Basilica of Notre-Dame Quebec. By now you know that I love stepping into churches and any other places of worship. They are always designed so beautifully.
Crepes at Casse-Crêpe Briton
We figured that while being in a French influenced part of the world, we had to try crêpes. We went to a very high rated crêperie and waited about 40-45 minutes to be seated. My advice to you would be to make reservations when you go, especially during tourist season.
We were seated and three of us ordered a savory one and one of us ordered a sweet one. Mine was filled with roast beef, onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese. They were all pretty decent, I enjoyed the savory ones more though.
We also ordered Le Viennois which was a hot chocolate coffee drink served in a giant bowl. It was pretty good.
Next we went to the cutest part of Old Quebec, Petit Champlain. I could not get enough of this place! It seemed like someone had picked up part of Europe and dropped it in Canada.
To get to this fairy-tale street, you either take the funicular down or the steps which are located in front of the Château Frontenac Hotel.
There were cobblestone streets and buildings with flowers hanging from windows. It was all so picturesque! There is mostly souvenir shops and restaurants in this corner of the city.
As we walked around, we went in and out of shops, grabbed some souvenirs, ate snacks at whatever places we found interesting. I stopped and got cookies n cream ice cream from La Petit Cabane a Sucre de Quebec and I definitely recommend it. It was creamy and delicious!
We also grabbed a cinnamon-y beaver tail from Queue de Castor which freshly made and delicious! And in the end, stopped at La Maison Smith, a coffee shop to get coffee and to sit outside and enjoyed the whole atmosphere.
Dinner at Tourne Brouche
When we made our way back to the main part of Quebec City, it was time for dinner. This time we ate at a fancy place, Torune Brouche. Two of us ordered chicken, one ordered duck and the other ordered salmon. Let me tell you, the chicken was not good at all.
I think the duck tasted the best, it was moist and seasoned really well. It was here that we tried poutine for the second time as well. This one was better for sure, but still, I think I can live without poutine for the rest of my life. (This was the delicious duck.)
After the meal, it was finally time to head back to the hotel to pack and rest for the 10 hour drive back home the next day.
Have you been to Quebec City? If so, tell me all about it please!