Category Montreal & Quebec City

Ten (or So) T-Shirts with Tons of Montreal Street-Cred

In This Chapter

► Wearing a T-shirt as a fashion statement

► Picking popular tees out of the crowd

► Discovering different local designers

► Digging up memorabilia of defunct sports franchises

ore so for men, but in general, today, it seems you can get WWW “dressed up” merely by wearing your best T-shirt. As a fashion item the tee is often about making a statement, which shows that the wearer is somehow “in the know.”

So, if you’re looking to take souvenirs back home, but you want to do better than a T-shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe (“ho-hum”) or something generic from a souvenir shop on rue Ste-Catherine (“blah”), this chapter offers some creative suggestions.

These tees are locally designed or inspired, and they’re all the rage on Montreal’s busy streets...

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Ten Terroir Ingredients and Local Specialties to Look for on Your Plate

In This Chapter

^ Figuring out when the sap flows from the maple trees ^ Sipping microbrewery beers and ice cider ^ Playing Duck, Duck, Duck. . . Lamb!

^ Seeking the best and most authentic versions of tourtiere and poutine

^^^uebec is passionate about its food. This mania probably comes from the province’s French roots. By now, numerous other immi­grant communities have also made their mark on the culinary land­scape, evidenced by the dazzling array of restaurants in both cities and the large inventory of exotic ingredients available from Montreal’s inde­pendent grocers.

However, Quebec produces many delicacies of its own, from cheeses and berries to seafood and game...

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Drinking In the Local Flavor: Quebec City’s Neighborhood Bars and Pubs

The following are the neighborhood watering holes where you’re likely to find Quebeckers — lots of local flavor and character, but not many tourists:

і La Barbarie, 310 rue St-Roch (% 418-522-4373), a brewpub oper­ated as a co-op, makes its own beers. You can get a sampler of eight fine brews, each glass held in a special slot of a wooden carousel. It is a small, cozy pub, with dangling Christmas lights around the bar. Open: Daily noon-1 a. m. Cover: None.

і Le Sacrilege, 447 rue St-Jean (% 418-649-1985), is a neighborhood bar along rue St-Jean but outside the gates, to the west of the walled Haute-Ville. It is a long and narrow establishment with a beautiful and verdant back terrace during the summer. It’s crowded — groups of friends sit down wherever there’s space...

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Grooving to Live Music: Where to Catch Quebec City’s Best Acts

Live music seems to be Quebec City’s raison d’etre in terms of nightlife, especially within the confines of the Haute-Ville. The scale and mood of the establishments seem best fit for lone balladeers and their guitars or small acoustic acts. On most nights, you can find rock, blues, and folk, but not much jazz.

і Bistro Scanner Multimedia, 291 rue St-Vallier Est (% 418-523­1916), is a bar with oodles of street-cred and plenty of urban edge. Local indie-rock acts play on a small stage up front and a central bar divides the room. At the back, you’ll find a pool table and a

Grooving to Live Music: Where to Catch Quebec City’s Best Acts

Grooving to Live Music: Where to Catch Quebec City’s Best Acts

computer terminal with free Internet access. Upstairs has more seating and pool tables. Open: 3 p. m.-3 a. m. Cover: None.

^ Charlotte Lounge, 575 Grande-Allee Est (% 418-640-0711), above the main ro...

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Finding Out What’s Going On

Unfortunately, Quebec City’s free nightlife listings magazines are in French. But you don’t really need to know French to decipher event list­ings, so if you want to find something in particular, go ahead and take a look. Le Soleil and the Journal du Quebec are the two French dailies, and their Arts and Entertainment sections may prove helpful. Le Guide Quebec Scope is a free cultural magazine, partially in English, with restau­rant reviews, neighborhood profiles, theater, shopping, and nightlife fea­tures, as well as event and show listings. Quebec City also has an edition of Voir, a free weekly that comes out on Thursdays, and probably has the most comprehensive coverage of the city’s cultural calendar.

When deciphering French listings, know that they appear, more often than not...

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Living It Up after Dark: Quebec City Nightlife

In This Chapter

^ Hitting Quebec City’s best dance floors ^ Hearing live music acts throughout the city ^ Finding neighborhood spots filled with locals

Я n the end, Quebec City is quite a small town, and staunchly French.

This limits the cultural opportunities, to a large extent, for English­speaking visitors. Mimicking Montreal, there’s a yearlong festival sched­ule with diverse programming. I cover the main highlights in Chapter 3. Quebec City also lacks a homegrown performing arts scene, in part, because the most talented artists move to big-time Montreal, the province’s largest city. Culture vultures would be wise to follow this migration to satisfy cravings such as opera, ballet, symphony, cirque theater, as well as other forms of performance and spectacle...

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Discovering the Best Shopping Neighborhoods

You can find loads of great shopping in Quebec. I assume you want to spend most of your time in the Old City, or not too far from it, maybe venturing out, at most, to Grande-Allee for a change of scenery. So, for your shopping ease and pleasure, I break the city down into six shop­ping areas, discussed in the six following sections. Like almost every­thing else I recommend in the Quebec City part of this book, all these areas are within walking distance of each other.

For antiques and art, you can’t beat the rue St-Paul area in the Basse – Ville. For souvenirs, arts and crafts, and even clothes, I recommend the area around Le Petit-Champlain in the Basse-Ville, including Place – Royale and the area around the Chateau Frontenac in the Haute-Ville.

For less touristy types of shops, rue S...

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Shopping the Quebec City Stores

In This Chapter

^ Checking out shopping opportunities in Quebec City ^ Finding the big-name stores

^ Discovering Quebec City’s best malls and shopping neighborhoods

Щ Mn the whole, people in Quebec City like things a little classy. Of

course, given that tourism is a mainstay industry here, not-so-classy trinket boutiques abound, especially in the Old City. But don’t be fooled by the trashy souvenir shops. Unique, high-quality items are available throughout Quebec City, from Inuit art to antiques and clothing. Just don’t go looking for bargains — you’re likely to be disappointed.

Surveying the Scene

Souvenir stores aside, Quebec City is probably best known as a place to buy antiques, art, and crafts...

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Hitting the Historical Highlights of Vieux-Quebec

Quebec City is history. Step through any gate leading in to the Old City, and you see that for yourself. The walking tour in this section stops at some of the top historical sites and shows you some other nice things to


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The best strolling streets

There’s really no such thing as just “strolling around” Quebec City. Vieux-Quebec is so packed with things to see and do, you’re sure to get sidetracked. But whether you have some specific purchases in mind or you just want to stretch your legs, the walking suggestions in this sec­tion should do the trick.

Le Petit Champlain Basse-Ville

This narrow pedestrian alley tucked into the base of the cliffs right below the Chateau Frontenac gets A’s for atmosphere. One of the oldest streets in Quebec City, opened in 1685, Le Petit Champlain originally housed artists, and then became the home of poor Irish immigrants in the 1800s. These days, it’s packed with quaint, mostly high-quality souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants...

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