Quebec offers a food scene like no other in North America. Between real life castles and the sound of French floating in the air, you'll be transformed to another time and place. Quebecois cuisine originated from the French settlers cooking with local game, herbs, and vegetables. Throw in a homegrown poutine, a meal from rural Quebec to tide through the hard times, add some liquid libations like maple whiskey, ice wines, and craft beers, and you'll realize why eating is the number one tourist activity in Quebec City.
There are any number of Quebec City food guides that speak with put on heirs about how posh Quebec is, as they discuss French Cuisine and french fries smothered in brown gravy in the same breath. That ain't us baby. We're an adventurous couple who had a blast eating our way through old Quebec. Simple. Easy. Fun. Come with us as we take you on a foodie tour of our favorite eats in Quebec City.
BISTRO LE SAM. Our Quebec gastro tour begins at Quebec's (and the world's) most photographed, prominent, castle on the hill Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Chateau Frontenac is the most recognizable building in Upper Town Quebec City. You come for the views and stay for creative cocktails at Bistro Le Sam. I had a charcuterie board so good I thought I was in Paris. Fun fact - hives on the roof of the building contain over 70,000 honey bees that produce 650 lb of honey per year that gets served in the three restaurants on the property.
BISTRO TOURNEBROCHE. Speaking of honey, Bistro Tournebroche has a live hive inside the building. I was handed a piece of honeycomb dripping with fresh, sweet goodness that melted in my mouth. For the more keto conscious, Tournebroche prides themselves on their rotisserie and gravy made through reduction instead of a flour base.
DELICES ERABLE & CIE. Keto be damned when you visit Quebec’s sweet shops. Delices Erable & Cie is all about maple products (in your best Forest Gump voice…) maple syrup, maple pearls, maple vinegar (surprisingly good). The list goes on and on. They even have a maple museum on the second floor. Did you know that 70% of the world’ maple syrup is in made in Quebec? (The province, not just the city).
ERICO CHOCOLATIER. Erico Chocolatier makes it worth breaking your diet. They have chocolates that melt in your mouth with rich creamy goodness, and a chocolate museum on premise too. You can say you are there for an education, which just wouldn’t be complete without a little taste.
FROMAGERIE DES GRONDINES. Another stop on my Quebec tasting tour was Fromagerie Des Grondines or the cheese shop of Grondines, a village in the Quebec countryside. Their provincial masterpiece was the best grilled cheese sandwich of my life. Something about freshly toasted bread and gooey high-quality cheese warms the cockles of my heart.