Discover the 10 best things to do and see in Old Québec. A stay is not complete without visiting these must-see attractions.
Best Farmer's and Public Markets
The Greater Québec City area is bursting with local food. As a place where dedicated farmers and city‑dwellers in search of fresh local food meet, public markets change and come alive with the seasons and are an absolute must for any food‑lover. Stroll through the sunbathed halls of Grand Marché or tap into the local vibe at the seasonal neighbourhood markets in and around the city.
Québec City's Grand Marché
Lorraine Richard Nolin
Québec City’s new public market is an essential destination for local flavours. Here you’ll find everything under one roof: fine chocolate makers, a brew pub, coffee roasters, fishmongers, butchers, and more. This foodie village features themed sections and a restaurant serving up delicious dishes made with local, seasonal fare. The menu changes with each new arrival and is carefully constructed to avoid food waste. In the summer and fall, extra stands open outside to make room for the abundance of local produce being harvested daily out in the fields. And from late November to the end of December it’s the Christmas Market, where you’ll find tons of local gift ideas in an old‑fashioned and festive atmosphere. Québec City’s Grand Marché is popular with families and has a kids’ zone furnished especially for youngsters. There are also workshops throughout the year for people interested in food, gardening, and farming.
The market is located near the Videotron Centre and is easy to get to using public transit. There is also free parking on site.
Les Galeries gourmandes
You’ll find the all‑new Galeries Gourmandes food market in the city’s biggest shopping mall, Galeries de la Capitale. But rest assured: it’s no food court! The market’s twenty‑some stands are run by local artisans and shopkeepers, and there are 3 gourmet restaurants to boot. With an Imax Cinema, indoor amusement park, and plenty of stores nearby, you’re in for a very special day.
Limoilou Farmer’s Market
Limoilou is a family neighbourhood in Lower Town known for its wrought‑iron spiral staircases and overall architectural appeal. Every Sunday from the end of July to the end of September, a section of the main street is closed to traffic for the farmer’s market. Located between 8e and 9e Rue on 3e Avenue, it’s the place to pick up fresh local produce and other tasty treats, with some forty stands run by local farmers and artisans. While you’re in the neighbourhood, swing by Stadaconé distillery to sample their fine Québec gins and make it a delicious day!
Late July to Late September, Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saint-Sauveur Farmer’s Market
Located in Durocher Park on Rue Saint‑Vallier Ouest, the Saint‑Sauveur market is a one‑of‑a‑kind affair, with live music and a friendly, welcoming vibe. Saint‑Sauveur has really come into its own in recent years and the neighbourhood has a very authentic feel.
Early July to Late September, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Seasonal Farmers' Markets Outside the City
Plusieurs municipalités autour de Québec proposent une expérience de marché public afin d’animer le milieu de vie et d’offrir des produits agroalimentaires des artisans de la région. Profitez de votre escapade dans les environs pour arrêter dans un de ces marchés publics.
- Des Cantons Farmers' Market
Mid-June to mid‑September, Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
117 1re Avenue, Stoneham
- Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Farmers' Market
Late July to early September, Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1 rue Jolicoeur, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier
- Pont-Rouge Farmers' Market
Mid-July to late September, Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2 rue du Collège, Pont-Rouge
- Saint-Raymond Farmers' Market
Mid-July to late September, Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
331 rue Saint-Joseph, Saint-Raymond
- Deschambault Farmers' Market
Late June to early October, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
115 rue de l’Église, Deschambault-Grondines
Fresh Produce Stands
Jeff Frenette Photography
There are also numerous farms in the region with stands where you can load up on fresh, local food. You’ll find them along the region’s country roads, including Route de la Nouvelle‑France, Chemin du Roy, or Route 368, which runs around Île d’Orléans.
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