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Suggestions for local restaurants, short sightseeing tours,

Two couples traveling to Quebec City and renting condo on Quai Saint Andre street. Suggestions on lovely local restaurants to go to, do we need reservations? We are interested in taking a short tour to familiarize ourselves with the area as we have never been there. We are there Friday through Sunday. Are carriage tours still running? Excited to see the beautiful city we have heard so much about.

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1. Re: Suggestions for local restaurants, short sightseeing tours,

You will be in Lower Town and if you want to learn about the set up I suggest that you consult the Top Questions (right hand box on top of this page), specifically "What is the difference between Upper and Lower Town?' and "I am confused about the layout of the city, how does it work?"

There are many restaurants in the area but the easiest to reach will probably the Québécois snack bar Buffet de l'Antiquaire and the large bistro Café du Monde in the Maritime terminal. Then as yu get closer to Place Royale there will be a very large choice of restaurants. Two of the most liked by tourists are Le Lapin Sauté and Le Cochon Dingue. If you are in shape you could walk to Upper Town but otherwise you could use the funicular located close to Place Royale and that will bring you in Upper Town on the Terrasse Dufferin boardwalk that goes along the Fairmont Château Frontenac. The Place d'Armes little square just across the street is the place to get a "calèche" aka carriage. Upper Town inside the walls (intramuros) has more restaurants than Lower Town and if you go extramuros on Grande Allé you will find even more. We could say that Upper Town offers a plethora of restaurants.

The best thing in Québec City is to walk all around in the historical part of Lower Town and Upper Town, and just wander with stops in cafés or touristic attractions and discover little streets that will be quiet just a stone throw from the very touristic areas. If you want to have a more classic tour you should look for Tours du Vieux Québec that offers many options.

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The carriage rides will still be operating. You'll see them just outside the Chateau Frontenac, as well as just outside the old city gate on Rue St. Louis.

Tours Vieux Quebec offers some great tours, toursvieuxquebec.com

If you are dining at night most places will require a reservation. Popular places to eat include Aux Anciens Canadien, offering predominately Quebecois dishes. Le Lapin Saute, in Lower town, specializing in duck and rabbit dishes. Le Continental, specializing in traditional and classic Frernch dishes. These are but a few, and some of my favorites. Check some of the reviews of other restaurants listed here as well.

Enjoy!!

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Sorry I should have writen Le Petit Cochon Dingue, the original Cochon Dingue being in a non touristy part of town. Actually you could try to walk to get to the original if you want to avoid the hordes coming from cruise ships and you will walk on flatland only. Another place that could be nice in Lower Town outside of the historical and touristy part is L'Affaire est Ketchup which will need a dinner reservation well in advance. The place is very tiny, the chefs are cooking on electric stoves (gosh!), manu changes daily and it is a teeny weeny place and it has been featured in Anthony Bourdain's Part Unknow. So it will be jam packed!

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Thank you for the information. We plan on doing a lot of walking the streets and hills and touring the sights. How far a walk to the Chateau Frontenac and upper town? Where should we head first? We are two couples late 40's, early 50's and like to wine, dine, laugh, stop at pubs, and see what we see along the way. Do you have a favorite steak house?

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It is easy from where you are to walk over to the funicular to take to Upper town and the Frontenac.

2 of my favorites places for a drink and snack in Lower town are L'Oncle Antoines, 29 Rue St. Pierre. A great little pub in a funky old stone building. Good beer slection and terrific french onion soup.

For wine and cheese, try Le Pape Georges, on the other side of Petit Champlain, and not too far from L'Oncle Antoines.

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i love it and will check them out. Thank you!

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Québec City is not a steak house town but there is a good one in the Gare du Palais train station. Not far from where you are staying and also in Lower Town so you will walk on flat terrain to get there.

If in Upper Town you could try L'Entrecôte Saint-Jean that is a bistro style place that serves steak "à la Française" i.e. with French fries, salad and sauce. Menu is very limited and I would say that 75% of the customers just order the table d'hôte special of the steak with appetizer and yummy profiteroles as the dessert.

If you are in shape you can walk to Upper Town by one of the streets than links both parts or if you walk all the way to Place Royale you can take the funiculaire as previously suggested. Get familiar with the city layout and you will see that it is far more easy to walk back to your hotel than the opposite. As we don't have the full adress of your hotel so it is a bit diffficult to give you more pinpointed suggestions.

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I like L'Échaudé in Lower Town, especially for weekday lunch when it's mainly locals and daily specials can be really yummy and excellent value.

http://www.echaude.com/?en

Mentioned Café du Monde has nice water views and is lovely for breakfast IMO.

And, also in Lower Town, there is il Matto if you like Italian, that's fun/lively at night and serves good food and cocktails.

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g155033-d3…

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I agree with Cafe du Monde. It is wonderful.

L'Echaude has good food, but the service is spotty, and I never enjoy sitting right next to another table so that it is almost impossible to have a conversation with the person I'm with.

JDP

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