Follow the locals to this casual French bistro on a cobblestoned street in the Old Port district. The menu includes classics such as duck confit and steak frites, as well as more unusual dishes like conchiglioni pasta with duck gizzard and dried figs—all of which pair nicely with the well-priced wine list.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Rising from a bustling plaza in the midst of Upper Town, this 1621 cathedral belongs to the oldest parish in North America. Inside, Palladian-style arches with carved gilt columns and stained-glass windows imported from Paris and Munich surround a long nave. The acoustics inside the cathedral are exceptional; try to time your visit with an organ, choir, or orchestra concert.
Shaped like a five-pointed star overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this 1820 military base (and governor’s residence since 1872) was part of the city’s original battlements. Guided tours—required, since the fortress is still an active garrison—include the parade grounds and the 22nd Regiment’s weapon and regalia museum. Get there in time for the changing of the guard at 10 a.m. (summer months only).
Starchitect Moshe Safdie designed the museum’s dramatic limestone-and-glass façade, which stands in sharp contrast to the colonial architecture of surrounding Lower Town. Permanent displays provide a look at 400 years of Québécois history and the cultures of 11 First Nations tribes; rotating, interactive exhibitions span a wide range of topics, from Belle-Époque Paris to video games.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.