Explore :: 24 Hours in Old Quebec

Last winter my Instagram feed was filled with snow topped buildings from this city. I found myself endlessly scrolling through photos of the Petit Champlain district and knew I had to visit, snow capped or not.

Landing in Canada, we were greeted by drizzly rain (you know that fine rain that soaks you through). We didn't want to let this defeat us, so after a quick stop at the hostel, we donned our rain coats and headed out. We took in the sights of the Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world, before heading down the breakneck stairs to find somewhere to eat our very late lunch.

On our walk around the Petit Champlain, we discovered Le Lapin Sauté. If any of you are going to Quebec City any time soon, please do yourself a favour and eat here. Eppie and I pretty much spent the entire meal in food heaven. Definitely one of the best meals I've had and most definitely the best meal of my trip. Maple Syrup Creme Brûlée, need I say more. We then spent the evening in a plaid laden Canadian pub, watching the Stanley Play Off Finals. Best way to spend our first ever night in Canada.

We spent the next morning cramming in the rest of the sights we wanted to see before we moved onto Toronto that evening. We went to Erico Chocolatier, where we perused the small museum, watched them making the chocolates and ummed and ahhed over which chocolates to take away with us. After making the difficult decisions, we walked across the road to J A Moisan, the oldest grocery store in North America. Truly a food lovers dream. We poured over the maple flavoured items in the shop purely dedicated to maple syrup and started Eppie's collection of comical christmas decorations in the christmas shop, before making our way back to the hostel to cram our maple delights into our already bursting suitcases.

I feel 24 hours was just enough time to explore the town. Partly because after 24 hours you're exhausted from climbing Quebec City's hundreds of staircases and hills. It's safe to say I'll be back to Quebec again soon. Montreal, you're on my list.


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