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3 Restaurants you Need to Try in the Old Port

Credit: Robert Greffard, Ville de Québec

In a romantic mood? Stroll through Old Port (Vieux-Port) to find restaurants with menus—and patios—that will have you swooning. Tourists love this lively, picturesque district. While you’re there, be sure to take a walk along the pier.

1 L’Échaudé

Restaurant l'Échaudé Credit: @restaurant_echaude Zoom

Dive into a classic French bistro cuisine with locally sourced ingredients' aromas. The incredibly multi-talented chef Jean-François Girard creates a menu that changes every season, featuring musts like Cornish chicken, tartars, shallot butter beef flank and their famous finger-licking blood pudding. Don’t miss the Tonka bean crème brûlée. Next door, the owners recently opened Écho, a wine bar serving small plates and finger foods ideal for happy hour.

2 Chez Rioux & Pettigrew

Restaurant Rioux et Pettigrew Credit: @chezriouxetpettigrew Zoom

The antique phonograph greeting you into the dining room sets the tone for what feels like a trip down memory lane. This former general store filled with wood textures and dim lights is a great setting for a pleasant time at the table. Take a seat next to the kitchen and experience the blind menu: it will take you on a seasonal flavour trip across the greater Québec City Area.

3 Buffet de l’Antiquaire

Buffet de l'Antiquaire Credit: Zoom

Although it feels like a tourist trap, the Buffet de l’Antiquaire is a local favourite for diving into comforting Québécois classics like tourtière and ragoût. Though I feel the breakfast poutine is the definite go-getter. All-day breakfast, friendly staff and long waiting lines, especially in the summertime.

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