Hopefully you have already seen my post on the Hotel de Glace which was our primary reason for visiting Quebec City but we did go one night before our stay at the ice hotel to check out the city.
When we arrived in Quebec City, the streets were quiet for 7pm but it was very easy to check into our hotel, Hotel du Vieux (full review here) and then park the car at a nearby garage. Note: The garage heights are VERY low so be sure to have your hotel measure your car height. They came out with a stick at the Hotel du Vieux and advised which garages I should park in.
After walking around a bit, we had dinner at Spristi Bistro Bar (review here) and called it a night early so we could get up an explore the next day before heading to the ice hotel. Most restaurants close at 10pm but it was a Monday night.
The next day we got up early and stopped into Paillard (review here) for a quick pastry breakfast — can you say yummmmm!!!
From there we just explored and walked all over old town Quebec City. You would never know it was only about 11 degrees. If you are dressed appropriately you will be fine. The architecture is amazing. All the homes have such amazing detail and they are all so unique. It really did remind me a lot of Paris.
We then headed to the Chateau Frontenac because they have an amazing courtyard and unbelievable views of the St. Lawrence river. Everyone we talked to said this was the place for the most spectacular sights and they weren’t kidding!
For lunch we visited one of the oldest buildings/restaurants in the city, Aux Anciens Canadiens (review here. Our hotel front desk person had told us this was the place to come for traditional Quebec food – things your grandma would prepare he said. I can’t believe I actually talked Austin in to trying it but he did and it was delicious. We both had the traditional meat pie.
Here is a quick video as well: