It's easy to experience most of Quebec City from a hotel in any of its charming neighborhoods. Each distinctive section of the city has its own personality, yet they're all in a relatively small area, making it easy to get around and see the best this historic city has to offer. Stroll along narrow cobblestone streets, where centuries-old townhomes neighbor art galleries and cozy cafés. Spring, summer, fall, and even in the crispy winter months, there's world-class dining, new art installations, and festivals galore to check out, all close to your accommodations.
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Where to Stay for Culture
For up-and-coming fashion, dining, and art, choose to stay in Saint-Roch, a recently refurbished area brimming with indie music, craft breweries, delectable dining, and quaint boutiques, mainly centered along Rue Saint-Joseph Est. For art lovers, residential Montcalm is a wonderful place to stay to visit the historic Plains of Abraham and renowned Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Several great terrace restaurants and art galleries line its quiet streets. Look for accommodations along Grand Allée for theater options, music venues, art, film, restaurants, and bars.
Best Neighborhoods for First-Time Visitors
There's no debate - Old Quebec is the best place to stay for first-time visitors. Two neighborhoods make up this popular tourist spot: Upper Town and Lower Town, connected by funicular or the famous Breakneck Steps. Snap a photo of Château Frontenac's iconic roofline, shop for local crafts from lively street vendors, and visit the Museum of Civilization. From your hotel, walk along the 17th-century fort ramparts, soaking up the city's historic ambiance. Alternatively, choose to stay in Parliament Hill, which has a wide variety of restaurants and is within easy walking distance of Old Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, and Battlefield Park.
Top Areas for Dining
Foodies in the know stay along Saint-Jean Street in bohemian Saint-Jean-Baptiste, an engaging neighborhood with a delightful mix of traditional fare and haute cuisine. Hotels here give you access to the city's burgeoning culinary scene. Visit Quebec's best delicatessen or spend a few leisurely hours at a charming creperie or French bistro. To feel like a local, choose a hotel in residential La Cite-Limoilou, full of pretty parks, riverside bistros, and aromatic bakeries. Check out accommodations in Sillery, along Avenue Maguire, where Quebec chefs boast their farm-to-table prowess, or Ile d'Orleans, outside the city, for dining highlighting local produce and served with a side of country charm.