Bonjour Quebec!!On May 21, 2023 by Pam
We spent 5 amazing days visiting Quebec City! We stayed just outside Old Quebec in a neighbourhood called Saint-Saveur. It is one of 35 neighbourhoods of Quebec City. We didn’t think that we would spend much time there but, it turned out that it was full of amazing cafes, shops and restaurants – we often had coffee/breakfast there and we had dinner there at an amazing Mexican restaurant. We would highly recommend the place that we stayed in. The apartment was on the third floor and it was beautifully kept and slept four people. The neighbourhood was quiet and safe. It is a working-class neighbourhood and it is slowly being regentrified and is increasingly welcoming new young families and professionals that are looking for community spirit. You could see that as we walked around through the neighbourhood – seeing young families and lots of young adults working on lap tops in cafes and little kids on bikes and young parents with strollers. There seems to be an amazing public transportation system. The neighbourhood is mostly 3-4 story apartment buildings and the houses are built close to the street with no frontage. Just a hint – if you see a no parking sign – don’t risk it – one morning we witnessed over 10 cars being towed away because they were parked illegally.
This is the outside of the airbnb we stayed at…we went upstairs through the center door of the three white doors…up three flights – it had a back porch. If you are looking for them just look for Jocelyne/Maxime and Eric’s place…it was affordable and beautiful.
Here are some pictures of Cafes in Saint-Saveur….
Breakfast (2x) at a Colombian Cafe in Saint-Saveur…The cafe was called “Tin-Tico”
Dinner at a VERY gluten free Mexican Restaurant in Saint-Saveur…we went back again for the Churos…lol
The name of this restaurant was Julio Taqueria
St. Hubert Chicken and Subway have replaced Tim Horton’s and McDonald’s – you hardly see these restaurants at all around Old Quebec. There is still a lot of smoking but, mostly middle-aged smokers.
The wait staff all seem much happier than in Ontario and we had excellent service wherever we went – our “poor” French was never an issue. Locals were encouraging about our efforts in French instead of snobbish. English was used whenever necessary. Gluten free was never an issue – even great beer!
We ate at this restaurant twice…
The food was fabulous and VERY gluten free…
This restaurant was COMPLETELY gluten free…right down to the beer…this is the only completely gluten free kitchen in Quebec and it was SO amazing!! The restaurant was in Old Quebec at the bottom of the hill – Veravin 2.0
We also had gluten free poutine at Poutineville…
We also played a round of golf. We were paired with a couple from Quebec and they were so gracious. I even got par on Hold 7.
The architecture in Quebec City makes you feel like you are in Europe…the history is intriguing and you need to take the walking tour of the churches….
Beautiful streets, beautiful cafes and a wonderful break from “reality”…
We also made sure to leave with some Quebec cheese…