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10 Foodie Finds In Quebec City

Quebec is an enchanting destination for vacationers. Many cruise lines include Quebec City in their itineraries from May through October. If you’re lucky enough to be on a sailing that visits Quebec City, try to spend several days pre- or post-cruise exploring the city and the surrounding region. There’s so much to see and do there.

Cruise passengers and food lovers will be particularly charmed by all Quebec City has to offer. It’s definitely a foodie paradise. A number of companies lead food tours of the city and its nearby areas, including Ile d’Orleans. Here are ten of the many “don’t miss” food experiences that delight Quebec visitors:

1. Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. The strikingly beautiful Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world. If your budget will allow, take the time to enjoy formal afternoon tea here. It’s truly an experience. Tea is served in the hotel’s Champlain restaurant Tuesday through Saturday and includes fresh fruits, scones, pastries, petits fours, finger sandwiches, chocolates, and a wide selection of specialty teas from around the globe. Make reservations early for the best times and seating locations.

2. Maple Products. Quebec produces 75-80% of the maple products in the world. It’s not surprising, then, to find such a wide array of maple items available here. Some favorites include maple sugar and syrups, maple jelly, maple gelato, maple salad dressing, maple candies and desserts, maple coffees and teas, and much more. Visit Les Delices de l'Erable in Old Quebec for a wide array of choices. The bistro also features an informative Maple Museum and an onsite tasting area. The Marche du Vieux Port farmer’s market in Quebec City is another good source for maple products as well.

3. Poutine. Poutine is a Canadian dish that was first served in Quebec in the late 1950’s and remains very popular today. Basic poutine consists of French fries topped with brown gravy and fresh cheese curds. Some restaurants dish up variations with meats added. Some fast food restaurants serve poutine as well. Chez Ashton is a great place to try out poutine while you’re in Quebec City, since they offer mini-portions to go.

4. Traditional Quebec Cuisine. Make sure to sample some traditional Quebecois cooking while you’re in Quebec City. Some of the typical foods include hearty meat pies, pea soup, baked beans, caribou, and meatball stew.

5. Crepes. Crepes are a popular item for breakfast, dessert, or at any time of the day. Make sure to sample some at restaurants in Quebec. Most people are familiar with dessert crepes such as those filled with fresh fruit, chocolate, chestnuts, or maple syrup and topped with ice cream or whipped cream. Main course crepes are also served here, too. These can be filled with a wide variety of ingredients such as ham, turkey, roast beef, bacon, spinach, asparagus, cheese, and other items. They’re an excellent choice for lunch or a light dinner.

6. Ice Cream & Gelato. The quality and variety of homemade gelato and ice cream in Quebec City is superb. Try the wild strawberry, coconut or pistachio varieties at Tutto Gelato or any of the homemade chocolate ice creams at Erico. Erico also houses a chocolate museum and it’s an excellent place to purchase chocolate candies, cookies, and cupcakes as well. The maple gelato at Les Delices de l'Erable is scrumptious, too.

7. Pastries. It’s easy to imagine you’re in Paris as you bite into the delicious French-style pastries available in Quebec. Stop in at one of Quebec's French bakeries in the morning to try a brioche, croissant or an amandier. Decadent macarons, cookies, brownies, éclairs and more are available for a lunch treat or afternoon snack as well.

8. Sugar Pie. This delectable dessert’s main ingredients are brown sugar and lots of whipped cream. Sometimes maple syrup is added to the pie as well. Try it at Cochon Dingue or Aux Anciens Canadiens in Quebec City.

9. Made in Quebec Products. Quebec is a leading producer of a number of food goods including maple syrup, berry products, apple ice wines, artisan cheeses, chocolates and more. While on your cruise vacation, make sure to sample some of these and bring them home to loved ones as souvenirs from your trip. Visit the Marche du Vieux Port farmer's market in Quebec City and Ile d’Orleans for delicious home grown artisanal products, too.

10. Ile d'Orleans Foods and Wines. Food lovers should plan to set aside time to sample the many products produced on the lovely Ile d’Orleans. The fertile soil found on the Ile d’Orleans fosters the growth of a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and crops of all kinds. The island is filled with wineries as well. Day-long Ile d'Orleans food and wine excursions are available from multiple tour operators.

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