Shop in an antique shop that also features local artists or attended an afternoon tea fashion show, dine on classic Québecois foods in a charming diner or devour traditional Italian food. Discover one of Québec City’s oldest neighbourhoods, two ways: comfort vs sophistication.

Shopping

Boutique a la Capucine – Quite possibly one of the most charming shops in Vieux Port, Boutique a la Capucine sells beautiful wood carved pieces by artists from Montréal and Québec City, intermixed with antiques. Wander at your leisure, chat Yves Bourget (the proprietor), and plan to make room in your suitcase for a new (or old) treasure to commemorate your trip to Québec City.

Thé à la mode – A unique event held at Auberge Saint-Antoine‘s Café-Bar Artefact, Thé à la mode is an afternoon tea fashion show that features local designers. This event is held once a month from September to May (excluding December), and gives attendees a chance to meet the designer, nosh on gourmet treats, sip delicate teas, and do a little shopping. A sophisticated way to spend an afternoon in Vieux Port.


Eating

Buffet de l’Antiquaire – If you’re craving a local hotspot/hidden gem, look no further than Buffet de l’Antiquaire on rue Saint-Paul. In the morning this cozy diner is filled with police officers and other locals who crave a hearty breakfast before starting their day, on weekends there is usually a line up outside to enjoy brunch — in other words, this is a busy place. The food is classic Québécois and not even close to being healthy. It’s a MUST for everyone.

Matto 71 – One of two restaurants in Québec City (the other is in Ste-Foy), Matto 71 is a busy Italian restaurant that is popular with both tourists and locals. The ambience is vibrant with energetic music and friendly staff. The menu features traditional Italian dishes — many of which are made by the owner’s mother. Portions are large, so be mindful when ordering. We recommend the Agnolotti or Pappardelle aux champignons.

Sleeping

Le Saint-Pierre Auberge Distinctive – A charming boutique hotel on rue Saint-Pierre, Le Saint-Pierre Auberge Distinctive features: tiffany stained glass lamps and chandeliers, a sitting room complete with fireplace and cozy worn leather chairs, and a small dining room with antique wood and tile floors where guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast before setting out to explore the city. The rooms feature exposed brick walls, a cast iron radiator, cream-coloured country-style furniture, and beds that will make you wish you didn’t have to wake-up in the morning. A great choice for every type of traveller — including families!

Hôtel 71 – Although this hotel is housed in the old National Bank building, there is nothing old about it. Hôtel 71 is a boutique hotel with a modern contemporary style. A boutique/lounge area with a calm ambiance sits just to the right of the main entrance, to the left guests can sit and enjoy a glass of wine from the hotel’s impressive wine bar. The rooms are cream-coloured and dark wood and ruby red velvet and rain-head showers in sleek bathrooms. A more sophisticated atmosphere to its sister hotel, Le Saint-Pierre Auberge Distinctive (which is next door), the guests tend to be single travellers and couples who enjoy a little luxury.

Which parts of Vieux Port do YOU love most? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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Travel writer and photographer, Pamela has a deep love of all things Travel. She is an anglophone from Ontario who prefers living in Québec. An avid city explorer and chocolat chaud connoisseur, Pamela also writes for Québec Region blog, Savoir Faire Abroad and several other publications.

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