Neighbourhood Guide: Saint-Roch

First settled by the Recollects in the early 17th century, Saint-Roch started as a small community with a small church dedicated to Saint Roch, the patron saint of dogs and falsely accused people (among others).

By the first half of the 20th century, the neighbourhood of Saint-Roch was first, a shipbuilding hub, then the home to manufacturing, retail and theatre – becoming a popular commercial street in Québec City.

During the last half of the 20th century, many of the middle-class residents were lured to the sparkly new shoppings malls and houses in the suburbs, essentially abandoning the neighbourhood of Saint-Roch.

Within a short period of time, the neighbourhood deteriorated and became one of the worst in the city — until the government decided to set a plan in motion to revitalise the neighbourhood, using culture and education as the anchors of their plan.

Today, Saint-Roch (also known as Nouvo Saint-Roch or New Saint-Roch) is a thriving community filled students, hipsters, and young professionals. Warehouses and old retail spaces have become cafés, breweries, boutiques, and restaurants.


EXPLORE

SAINT-ROCH


ACTIVITIES

A neighbourhood that is more popular with locals than tourists, there is a limited number of activities in Saint-Roch. That being said, Saint-Roch is one of our go-to neighbourhoods for good food, craft beer, live music and shopping. Visit Saint-Roch and experience the food and craft beer scene through a walking tour or a cooking course. Relax in Jardin Saint-Roch on a warm sunny day. Admire the beautiful décor inside Église Saint-Roch.

ATELIERS & SAVEURS

Cooking & Wine Classes
830, rue Saint-Joseph Est
ateliersetsaveurs.com
418.380.8167

If you’re a food lover and looking for something different to do, try taking a cooking or cocktail class at Ateliers & Saveurs in Saint-Roch. The classes range in price from $24 to $200 CAD. All classes are taught in French – a true adventure!

Wine is an essential part of Québec culture, and the wine tastings at Ateliers & Saveurs is a wonderful way to start your wine experience in the city. Wine tastings are  $60 CAD, if you would like to do a wine and food tasting the cost is $70 CAD.

BROUE-TOURS

Beer & Food Tours
438, rue du Parvis
broue-tours.ca
418.554.1233

Relatively new in Québec City, Broue-Tours offers a craft beer tour in Saint-Roch (as well as a food tour in Old Québec). Their craft beer tour makes stops at three micro-breweries in Saint-Roch, starting with Noctem Artisans Brasseurs (the tour meeting point, address listed above). Discover some of Québec City’s best craft beers.

ÉGLISE SAINT-ROCH

Church
160, rue Saint-Joseph Est

Known as the largest cathedral (church) in Québec City, Église Saint-Roch (it has been built, and rebuilt three times since 1811) is the heart of Nouvo Saint-Roch. Designed by the same architects as the Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica (located in Côte-de-Beaupré), the outside of the basilica is Gothic-Revival in style, while the inside is Romanesque-Revival.

JARDIN SAINT-ROCH

Park
rue du Parvis

A beautiful urban park located on rue du Parvis, near Boulevard Charest, Jardin Saint-Roch features a small waterfall, busts of three Québec painters: René Richard, Alfred Pellan and Horatio Walker; as well as 36 bronze sculptures created André du Bois and architectural firm Côte Leahy Cardas.

QUÉBEC CITY FOOD TOURS

Food Tours
75, boulevard Charest Est
quebeccityfoodtours.com
418.431.0195

The neighbourhood of Saint-Roch is bursting with delicious food: bistros and micro-restaurants, fromageries, and chocolatiers. Start your Saint-Roch foodie experience with a 3-hour walking tour which includes at least six stops — not all of them are food, there are some opportunities for sipping tea or a cold craft beer along the way. Cost: $50 per adult.  


FOOD & DRINK

The neighbourhood of Saint-Roch has a strong food scene: cafés, bistros, micro-restaurants, fromageries and boucheries. A local neighbourhood (not many tourists venture outside the old city walls), Saint-Roch has everything one could possibly need.

If you’re staying in an apartment rental and plan to cook your own meals, Saint-Roch has a épiceries (small food shops), grocery stores, ethnic food shops, fromageries (cheese shops), boulangeries (bakeries), pâtisseries (pastry shops), boucherie (butcher) and more. My favourites of which are listed below.

Saint-Roch is also home to some lovely locally owned cafés, bistros and micro-restaurants.

AMINE-ÉPICERIE HALAL

Middle Eastern Food Shop
627, boulevard Charest Est
418.522.2828
Open: Tues to Fri 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sat to Mon 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

An épicerie and ethnic food shop that specialises in Halal meat (there is an Halal butcher onsite) and specializes in Middle Eastern products and ingredients. The shop also carries a wide range of gluten-free products.

BOUCHERIE EUMATIMI

Butcher
241, rue Saint-Joseph Est
418.524.4907
Open: Tues & Wed 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thurs & Fri 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sat & Sun 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Specializing in Black Angus beef, Boucherie Eumatimi sells local products that are hormone and antibiotic-free. Meats include pig, lamb, milk-fed veal, poultry and waterfowl.

ÉPICERIE ÉCONOMIQUE

Épicerie
293, rue Saint-Joseph Est
418.529.2226

A typical épicerie carrying snacks, canned goods, beer and more. Most épiceries are corner stores and a little pricier than going to a grocery store. Some will sell burgers or sandwiches as well.

ÉPICERIE INDIENNE DESHI BAZAR

East Indian Food Shop
34, rue Saint-Joseph Est
deshibazar.ca
418.266.7299

An épicerie specialising in products and ingredients from India, Bangladesh and Nepal. So many good finds for cooking scrumptious ethnic foods at home.

FROMAGERIE DES GRONDINES & SES AMIS

Grilled Cheese & Cheese Shop
199, rue Saint-Joseph Est
581.742.4866

A fromagerie and grilled cheese restaurant across from Le Clocher Penché, Fromagerie des Grondines & ses amis sells some of the BEST Québec-made cheeses. And if buying cheese to enjoy on a picnic is not enough, then stay and enjoy a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. You will not regret your decision.

L’INTERMARCHÉ

Small Grocery Shop
272, rue Saint-Joseph Est
lintermarche.ca
418.522.4447
Open daily: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm

A great little grocery store in Saint-Roch carrying fresh fruit and vegetables, canned goods, frozen foods, and Presidents Choice products.

LA BOÎTE À PAIN

Bakery
289, rue Saint-Joseph Est
boiteapain.com
418.647.3666

A boulangerie, café and gourmet sandwich shop, La Boîte à Pain uses organic flours, but no additives or chemicals. On top of delicious artisanal bread and gourmet sandwiches, La Boîte à Pain also makes delightful pastries.

LE CROQUEMBOUCHE

Pâtisserie
225, rue Saint-Joseph Est
418.523.9009
Open: Tues to Sat 7:00 am to 6:30 pm, Sun 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

A boulangerie and pâtisserie, Le Croquembouche is a go-to spot for delicious pastries and macarons. Freshly baked bread, croissants and chocolates are also available, and fairly good.

MARCHÉ EXOTIQUE

Latin American Food Shop
101 rue, Saint-Joseph Est
418.522.4675

An épicerie specialising in Latin American products and ingredients, Marché Exotique la Fiesta has been a part of the Saint-Roch community since 1992.

CAFÉ MÆLSTRØM  

Café
181, rue Saint-Vallier Est
maelstromcafe.com
418.523.0700
Open Mon to Fri 7:00 am to 1:00 am, Sat 9:00 am to 1:00 am, Sun 9:00 am to 12:00 am

During the day, the café is relaxed and quiet, a perfect spot for getting some work done while enjoying artisanal coffee (hot or cold) or a cup of chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). A perfect temporary workspace. In the evening Mælstrøm’s vibe changes as locals arrive to enjoy draft beer or cocktails — some made with cold brew coffee.

CAFÉ PÉKOE  

Café
433, rue Saint-Joseph Est
www.cafepekoe.com
418.522.4888
Open Mon to Fri 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sat & Sun 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A café specialising in tea, Café Pékoe also serves coffee, pastries, and bahn mì style sandwiches — the only thing Vietnamese about them are the pickled carrots and fresh baguette bread. Enjoy a pot of tea while sitting along the windows overlooking rue Saint-Joseph Est, or do a little work at a communal table.

LA REVANCHE

Café-Pub
585, boulevard Charest Est
larevanche.ca
418.263.5389

A funky café-bar with seating on the main level, as well as a loft above, it is easy to walk past La Revanche without noticing it. During the day, the café is quiet and a good place to relax and do a little work. In the evening, La Revanche becomes rowdy as space is filled with those watching sports or playing board games (which are also sold at the café).

LES BRÛLERIES ST-ROCH

Café
375, rue Saint-Joseph Est
lesbruleries.com

A local café chain, Les Bruleries has five locations within the city, with the Saint-Roch location being the first. Located across from Gabrielle-Roy library, Les Brûleries Saint-Roch has three floors, a wide arrange of coffees from around the world, as well as house blends. The café menu is small but good. A nice place to relax or do a little work.

NEKTAR CAFÉOLOQUE

Café
235, rue Saint-Joseph Est
lenektar.com
418.977.9236

Open since 2009, Nektar is a popular café with digital nomads and students filing almost every table, sipping coffee or tea as they peck away on their laptops. Nektar carries coffee blends from Québec, as well as select blends from around Canada, and serves up yummy teas and pastries as well.

SAINT-HENRI MICRO-TORRÉFACTEUR

Café | $
849, rue Saint-Joseph Est
sainthenri.ca
581.300.7211
Open Mon to Wed 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thurs & Fri 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sat & Sun 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A new addition to Québec City, Saint-Henri micro-torréfacteur hails from Montréal and has quickly become a favourite hang-out and workspace among locals in Québec City. The speciality here is coffee (they sell their own roasts), as well as light lunches, and delicious gourmet doughnuts.

L’AFFAIRE EST KETCHUP

Québécois | $$
46, rue Saint-Joseph Est
418.529.9020

One of a handful of micro-restaurants in Québec City, l’Affaire est Ketchup is a popular spot among locals. The menu changes frequently and each dish is carefully crafted and affordably priced. This is not a place to go if you are rushing through your meal, this is where you come to truly savour your food and the ambience of the surrounding space.

LE CERCLE

Bistro & Bar |$$-$$$
228, rue Saint-Joseph Est
le-cercle.ca
418.948.8648

The music centre of Québec City, Le Cercle is a bistro, wine bar, and nightclub. A delicious gourmet menu presented for lunch and dinner, local art on the walls, and hipsters working away on their laptops. At night Le Cercle offers a more sophisticated menu. The nightclub can be found on the main level, with live shows and dancing. In the basement is a more intimate venue for indie bands.

LE CLOCHER PENCHÉ

French | $$-$$$
203, rue Saint-Joseph Est
clocherpenche.ca
418.640.0597
Open: Mon to Fri 11:30 am to 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am to 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Sun 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Owned by brothers Thomas and François Pélissier and chef Mathieu Brisson, Le Clocher Penché is one of the most popular bistros in Saint-Roch. The menu features dishes made with fresh locally sourced ingredients and changes often. Lunch is prix fixe, while dinner is a little more sophisticated. Brunch is an absolute must.

CRUDESSENCE

Vegan | $-$$
837, rue Saint-Joseph Est
crudessence.com
581.741.1951
Open daily 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Hailing from Montréal, Crudessence is a welcome addition to Saint-Roch neighbourhood, as well as the vegan community. Their menu is fresh, unpretentious, and inviting to anyone looking for a healthy meal. Let’s face it, some vegan restaurants are horrible for those who are proud carnivores. Thankfully that is not the case at Crudessence.

LA CUISINE

Italian | $$
205, rue Saint-Vallier Est
barlacuisine.com
418.523.3387

It’s a bistro and a bar, and when the sun goes down and the DJ takes over the entire space has a vibrant kitchen party vibe. The design is retro and the food is homemade, simple and delicious. La Cuisine is like giving yourself a big comforting hug.

DEUX22

Clothing & Taco Bar | $
222, rue Saint-Joseph Est
deux22.com
581.742.5222
Open: Mon to Sun 11:00 am to 3:00 am

A clothing boutique, a bar, and a Mexican restaurant, Deux22 is a unique business concept in Québec City. Shopping for clothing and eating tacos is the new cool thing to do. Who’s up for some utterly delicious tacos?

FANAMANGA

Japanese | $
383, rue du Pont
fanamanga.com
418.614.5052

Fanamanga is a Japanese resto-boutique that serves up Onigiri and Bubble Tea. The boutique, which surrounds the eating bar, sells everything from Manga to Korean cosmetics to Japanese knick knacks. Oh, and they also have a Tokyo style karaoke booth.

FROMAGERIE DES GRONDINES & SES AMIS

Grilled Cheese & Cheese Shop
199, rue Saint-Joseph Est
581.742.4866

A fromagerie and grilled cheese restaurant across from Le Clocher Penché, Fromagerie des Grondines & ses amis sells some of the BEST Québec-made cheeses. And if buying cheese to enjoy on a picnic is not enough, then stay and enjoy a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. You will not regret your decision.

NINA PIZZA NAPOLITAINE

Pizza | $-$$
410, rue Saint-Anselme
ninapizzanapolitaine.ca
581.742.2012

Opened in 2014, Nina Pizza Napolitaine was a hit the moment their first customer took a bit of their pizza. The oven was imported from Sicily, the space is bright with lots of seating, and the pizza is the best in the city.

NESS

Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten Free
241, rue Saint-Joseph Est
restaurant-ness.ca
581.742.9742

A new healthy restaurant in Québec City, Ness serves up vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foods. Stop by for a healthy lunch or grab a delicious smoothie to go and continue exploring Saint-Roch.

PHIL SMOKED MEAT

Smoked Meat | $
275, rue Saint-Vallier Est
philsmokedmeat.com
418.523.4545

Resting on the outskirts of Saint-Roch, a few blocks from Café Mæalstrøm and La Cuisine, Phil Smoke Meat serves up insanely delicious smoked meat sandwiches. One cannot spend time in Québec without trying a smoked meat sandwich!

TORA-YA RAMEN Tora-Ya Ramen

Ramen | $
75, rue Saint-Joseph Est
tora-yaramen.com
418.780.1903
Open: Tues – Fri 11:30am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Sat 5:00pm to 10:00pm

A casual little Japanese restaurant serving up delicious gyoza, ramen, and other small plates Tora-Ya Ramen is all about Asian comfort food — and the best part? Everything is homemade.

 


SHOPPING

Saint-Roch is one of our go-to neighbourhoods in Québec City for shopping. Why go to a shopping mall when there are so many fabulous boutiques along rue Saint-Joseph. Shop for vintage records or furniture, clothing, books, music, toys and more.

ATELIER DE LUTHERIE MOUSTACHE

Instrument repair & Gypsy Guitars
870, rue du Roi, #202-A 

A shop featuring instruments made by artisans in Québec City, as well as a repair shop, Atelier de Lutherie Moustache also makes instruments of their own: gypsy guitars and Irish bouzouki.

BENJO

Toys
500, boulevard Charest Est
benjo.ca
418.640.0001
Open: Mon to Wed 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thurs & Fri 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sat & Sun 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

One of the largest toy stores in Québec City, Benjo carries thousands of toys. It’s easy to spend a few hours inside, shopping, dreaming and playing.

CHAMPAGNE CHOCOLATIER

Chocolatier
783, rue Saint-Joseph Est
champagnechocolatier.com
418.522.0708

Small boutique chocolatier and pâtisserie, Champagne Chocolatier has been making chocolates for over 15 years. Lets face it, everyone needs a little chocolate treat when they are out exploring.

DENIS MUSIQUE

Musical Instruments & Gear
701, rue Saint-Joseph Est
denismusique.com
418.522.4784

One of two branches in Québec City, Denis Musique carries a wide variety of musical instruments, as well as amplifiers, sound systems and microphones. They also sell used instruments and equipment.

DÉJA VU

Vintage Furniture
834, rue Saint-Joseph Est
dejavumeubles.com
418.914.2483

A delightful recycled furniture store, Déja Vu is one of the best places for brightly coloured retro furniture pieces (circa 1930-1980) and knick knacks in Québec City. New pieces arrive on a regular basis, so it is best to buy a piece you love the moment you see it as it could be gone the following morning.

DEUX22

Clothing & Taco Bar
222, rue Saint-Joseph Est
deux22.com
581.742.5222
Open: Mon to Sun 11:00 am to 3:00 am

A clothing boutique, a bar, and a Mexican restaurant, Deux22 is a unique business concept in Québec City. Time to do a little shopping and eat a few tacos along the way.

EXO SHOP

Fashion
260, rue Saint-Joseph Est
exoshop.com
418.529.9620

A shop specializing in skate gear and clothing for men, women and youth, EXO also carries CDs and Vinyls. One of only skate shops to be found in downtown Québec City!

GAZELLES FASHION

Fashion
708, rue Saint-Joseph Est
gazellesfashion.com
418.808.2562

A fashion boutique featuring clothing made in Québec City (Kolchic) as well as Montréal and across Canada. Prices are quite reasonable.

KRWN

Barbershop
461, rue Saint-Joseph Est
krwn.ca
581.981.5796

A trendy barbershop with bearded master barbers, Krwn has three locations: Saint-Roch, Ste-Foy and Lévis (where the shop is a barber and tattoo shop). Owner, Max the barber, travels around the Americas in search of new techniques, which he then teaches to his staff. One of the best barbershops in Québec City.

LE KNOCK-OUT

Vintage Records & Tapes
832, rue Saint-Joseph Est
581.742.7625

A funky little record shop close to Café Saint-Henri torrèfacteur, Le Knock-Out is where music lovers go to buy hard to find records, EPs and cassettes. The shop is small, but there is enough room at the back for a small stage for musical performances by local artists.

LIBRAIRIE PANTOUTE

Books
286, rue Saint-Joseph Est
418.692.1175

One of two locations in Québec City, Librairie Pantoute carries a wide selection of French language books, as well as journals and a very small selection of English language books. A great shop for hard-to-find books on Québec, as well as books written by Québec authors.

RITUELS

Body Care for Men
765, rue Saint-Joseph Est
rituels.ca
418.800.2277

This boutique sells shaving, personal care products and accessories for men, and is a favourite among hipsters, wannabe lumberjacks and fine gentlemen who take pride in their appearance. Several of the brands sold at Rituels are made in Québec, including: Rituels, Savonnerie des Diligences and  Les Pétards.

SIGNATURES QUÉBÉCOIS

Fashion
Église Saint-Roch, 560, rue Saint-Joseph Est
418.648.9976

Located in a portion of the basement of Église Saint-Roch, Signatures Québécois is one of the trendiest fashion boutiques in Québec City. This lovely boutique features clothing by Québec designers.

SWELL & GINGER

Fashion
765 A, rue Saint-Joseph Est
581.742.7080

A trendy fashion boutique geared towards millennials, Swell & Ginger’s clothing line features pieces that are clean, simple, comfortable and stylish. The boutique also carries purses and bags from Lowell Montréal, as well as a selection of delightful accessories.


NIGHTLIFE

Saint-Roch is one of the go-to neighbourhoods for craft beer lovers, as well as those who enjoy concerts, indie bands, and Québécois music.

DISTRICT SAINT-JOSEPH

Nightclub
240, rue Saint-Joseph Est
districtstjoseph.ca
418.717.0240

A popular venue during Festival d’été de Québec each summer, District Saint-Joseph now features similar performances every Thursday night. As well as being a live music venue, District offers a menu featuring bourbon and various cuts of smoked and cooked meats.

EDWARD PUB & RESTAURANT

Pub | $
824, boulevard Charest Est
pubedward.ca
418.523.3674

A large pub and restaurant near Chez Ashton, Edward Pub & Restaurant is a beer lover’s dream come true — they claim to have 250 different beers from around the world. While you sip your beer, try one of their burgers. You will not be disappointed.

KORRIGANE BRASSERIE ARTISANALE

Microbrewery |$-$$
380, rue Dorchester
korrigane.ca
418.614.0932
Open: Sun – Thurs 11:30 am to 1:00 am, Sat 5:00pm to 10:00pm

A local hotspot in Saint-Roch, La Korrigane Brasserie Artisanale brews half a dozen different beers using ingredients grown in Québec. This homey brew-pub has two different rooms where you can enjoy beer, dine on delicious comfort food, listen to live music and play games.

LA BARBERIE

Microbrewery | $-$$
310, rue Saint-Roch
labarberie.com
418.522.4373
Open daily 12:00 pm to 1:00 am

Located on the outskirts of Saint-Roch, La Barberie is out of the way for those who do not have a vehicle, or who are unsure of where they are going. That being said, La Barberie is a Québec institution and worth a visit. Go for a beer while you’re exploring the neighbourhood or spending an evening tasting all of the beers brewed at La Barberie.

LE BUREAU DE POSTE

Bar | $
296, rue Saint-Joseph Est
lebureaudeposte.com
418.914.6161

A go-to spot in Saint-Roch for those on a tight budget, Le Bureau de Poste is committed to serving $4.95 small plates and affordable cocktails and beers. 

LE CERCLE

Bistro & Bar | $$-$$$
228, rue Saint-Joseph Est
le-cercle.ca
418.948.8648

The music centre of Québec City, Le Cercle is a bistro, wine bar, and nightclub. The nightclub can be found on the main level, with live shows and dancing. In the basement is a more intimate venue for indie bands.

NOCTEM ARTISANS BRASSEURS

Microbrewery | $-$$
438, rue du Parvis
noctem.ca
581.742.7979
Open: Mon – Sat 11:00 am to 3:00 am, Sun 11:00 am to 12:00 am

Noctem serves several beers which are brewed in-house, as well as a small selection of beers crafted at other micro-breweries in Québec. Similar to La Korrigane Brasserie Artisanale, the menu at Noctem offers delicious comfort foods in petite faim and grosse faim sizes (hungry and bigger hunger).

PUB DU PARVIS

Sports Pub | $
481, rue Saint-Joseph Est
pubduparvis.com
418.524.0812

A pub along rue Saint-Joseph Est which serves your typical pub fare: burgers, fish n’ chips, pizza, pasta, etc. The food is good, but Pub du Parvis is more known as one of the best sports bars in Saint-Roch. They also serve up killer chicken wings.

THÉÂTRE LA BORDÉE

Théâtre
315, rue Saint-Joseph Est
bordee.qc.ca
418.694.9721

A charming théâtre, La Bordée is home to musical performances, contemporary dramas, and the Québec City Film Festival. There is always something happening at La Bordée, and while all performances are in French, it is still worth going.


HOTELS

While Saint-Roch is not a tourist hot-spot in Québec City, there are a few wonderful hotels to choose from – especially if you’re looking to escape the crowds!

AUBERGE LE VINCENT

Hotel | $$
295, rue Saint Vallier Est
aubergelevincent.com
418.523.5000

A delightful boutique hotel, owners Sonia and Antonio have created an urban chic hotel that is one of the highlights of Saint-Roch. The rooms at Hotel Le Vincent feature exposed red brick walls, comfy beds and showers with rain shower heads. A lovely escape after a full day of exploration.

HÔTEL ROYAL WILLIAM

Hotel | $$-$$$$
360, boulevard Charest Est
hotelroyalwilliam.com
418.521.4488

This family owned boutique hotel, Hotel Royal William, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member is named after a steamship of a similar name built in 1833 by the Québec and Halifax Steam Navigation Company. A great choice for business travellers, families, and those looking for a hotel in a quiet corner of the city.