Do Montcalm Like a Local

Caroline Décoste
Caroline Décoste
Published on June 26, 2023
Lapadaire coloré du quartier Montcalm
Caroline Décoste

Toufic moved to Montcalm for love and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He’s also mighty convincing when explaining his fondness of this artsy, foodie neighbourhood. We asked him to share 3 of his favourite spots.

  • 1

    Gaël Vidricaire, Pastry Chef Extraordinaire

    Our tour of Montcalm starts in a charming pastry shop run by Gaël Vidricaire. Toufic knows her well, since he’s there every week.

    Gaël has been my go-to for pastries ever since the shop opened. She’s the best! Her rum babas are insane. She doesn’t make them often, but whenever she does I buy a big one just for me. After two days, it’s gone.

    In the absence of rum babas, Toufic recommends the lemon tart or, in summer, the sundae bar, especially for the caramel sundae. “I usually have a hard time making up my mind, but you can’t go wrong. It’s all delicious. The cakes are like little jewels!”

    Note: The pastry is temporarely closed


  • 2

    Oh-So-Fresh Sushi at Métropolitain

    Avenue Cartier is a mecca for foodies. There are bistros, cafés, pizza parlours…you name it.

    When it’s time to celebrate or treat himself, Toufic pulls up at chair at Métropolitain Eddie Sushi Bar. He loves how fresh everything is. His favourite dish? “I recommend the Love Boat for two. The sushi varies depending on what’s fresh and inspiring the chef.”


  • 3

    An Urban Oasis at Parc des Braves

    Every day, Toufic goes for a half-hour walk in Montcalm. It’s his way to decompress from work and connect with his community. “Rain or shine, I go for a walk, in every season. It helps me clear my head. With all the big trees and the hidden parks, it’s really a beautiful neighbourhood.”

    His walks usually take him to Parc des Braves on Chemin Sainte-Foy, where a monument dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the battle of 1760 stands at the park entrance. Toufic lives nearby, and sees the park as a second backyard.

    In the summer we bring a picnic. It’s such a great spot, really calm, perfect for reading and relaxing. 

10 Wonderful Years in Montcalm, and Counting

Façade d'une maison du quartier Montcalm
Caroline Décoste

Toufic is Lebanese-Canadian and arrived in Québec City when he was 5. He grew up in Sainte-Foy before falling for Ulrich, who’s from France, 12 years ago. When it came time to move in together, the choice was clear.

Ulrich already had a condo in Montcalm and the quality of life here is just the best. We do everything on foot. Our errands, going out to eat, going shopping, going to the movies, the theatre, the museum, concerts…everything! It’s a calm, safe neighbourhood but it has a lot going on.

He quickly fell in love with the neighbourhood’s cultural scene and all the parks and mature trees. Foodies, fitness fiends, contemplative souls, and inquisitive minds will always find something to do, see, or try in Montcalm. Especially with someone like Toufic as a guide!

Caroline Décoste
Caroline Décoste

Caroline is a city girl who has spent most of her life in Québec City. The writer, translator, and author is passionate about her home town and loves sharing all things Québec with tourists and friends, from hot new restaurants to iconic spots and hidden gems. Her favourite hobby is exploring the city with her two kids and seeing it through their eyes!

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