Charlevoix: Where to eat well in Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie

Quebec is full of beautiful places to rest and relax during your summer vacation. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the cities to take refuge in the peaceful pockets across the province is common practice during the summer. And Charlevoix is the key region to escape to in summer.

No visit to Charlevoix is complete without exploring Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie. From the tourist sites, to the picturesque landscapes, to the outdoor activities, and of course the diverse range of gourmet addresses, Charlevoix has it all. From fry shacks to gourmet restaurants, Charlevoix offers a culinary selection that showcases the excellence of Quebec’s local products.

Baie-Saint-Paul, located across from Île-aux-Coudres, is an essential gourmet stopover. Whether for its warm hospitality, the beauty of its natural surroundings or its excellent gastronomic scene, the town is definitely worth a visit.

Known first and foremost for its exceptional landscapes—which have been a source of inspiration for many Quebec artists and artisans—La Malbaie has managed to preserve its character and seems to be frozen in time. It charms passers-by with its landscapes and waterways, and offers a multitude of culinary experiences that capture the region’s unique character.

Where to eat

Since many visitors come to the region during the summer, Tastet has prepared this list, which offers just over a dozen gourmet addresses. From cafés to bakeries to gourmet restaurants, this list will guide you throughout your stay.

We also recommend that you peruse our gourmet guide (in French only), which offers a complete itinerary of our favourites in Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie.

Special mentions

Menaud

Visit the Menaud distillery and brewery for its beer and spirit tasting platter or to fill your bar with delicious local products. Concerned with tradition, respect for the land, and interested in rethinking ways to do things, the Menaud team continues to impress with its high-quality products. As the first distillery in Quebec to craft its spirits from grain to bottle, we tip our hat to you!

Famille Migneron

The Migneron family is a pioneer in the micro-fromagerie industry in Quebec. With their pastures, their fine artisanal cheeses, an organic vineyard, and a distillery, we can say that the Migneron family does not do anything halfheartedly. Visit their boutique and sample a variety of products at their picnic stop in an enchanting setting.

If you want to get back on the road and go up the river, we recommend our list of the best addresses in Tadoussac. Happy discoveries!

Without further ado, here are our gourmet suggestions for Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie:

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Les Labours

Located in the beautiful Le Germain hotel, the restaurant welcomes you in a chic and friendly space with a large open kitchen. You can enjoy delicious dishes, which expertly highlight the products of the region, some of which come directly from the hotel’s own farm. While they are temporarily closed for dinner service, they offer an excellent breakfast. A great place to start before exploring the region!

50 Rue de la Ferme
Baie-Saint-Paul

Faux Bergers

The Faux Bergers restaurant is a major Tastet favourite in Charlevoix. Firstly, the location of the restaurant—located on the grounds of the Le Migneron cheese factory—is exceptional. Sylvain, Andréanne and Émile are a trio of young, dynamic and talented people who are sure to impress. While the establishment serves simple dishes at lunchtime—pizzas and delicious salads—we recommend you visit for dinner. They offer an excellent tasting menu that changes daily. The chef of the day comes out between each service to explain the dishes, while Andréanne takes care of the table and wine service. A true little gem to discover in Baie-Saint-Paul.

1339 Boulevard Monseigneur de Laval
Baie-Saint-Paul

Ah la vache ! Au petit resto suisse

Ah La Vache! is a charming bring-your-own-wine restaurant in Baie-Saint-Paul. This small Swiss bistro makes excellent food with flavours from the mountainous European country. On the menu, you will find both regional and Swiss products, and several delicious dishes with cheese as the main event; such as their excellent Swiss fondue! The charming owners take care of the service, and we can assure that you’ll be well taken care of.

124 Rue Saint Jean Baptiste
Baie-Saint-Paul
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Mouton Noir

Having opened their doors more than 40 years ago, Mouton Noir is a true Baie-Saint-Paul institution. With its country bistro look and unique regional charm, this address offers both classic and creative cuisine, focused on the pleasure of eating well. They have a beautiful terrace in the back, as well as a singer who adds a little liveliness every Friday and Saturday evening. An unpretentious institution where you can eat very well – to be discovered in the region.

43 Rue-Sainte Anne
Baie-Saint-Paul
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Le Diapason

Le Diapason offers delicious Alsatian and Quebec inspired cuisine. The simple and warm atmosphere is perfect for savouring dishes made mostly with local ingredients. On the menu, you’ll find several dishes featuring well-prepared local meats, all complemented by good service and wallet-friendly prices. With their beautiful terrace, this place is a must-try.

1 Rue-Sainte Anne
Baie-Saint-Paul
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Casse-croûte 4 vents

Located in a tiny trailer next to a gas station is the casse-croûte 4 vents, one of the best snack bars in Quebec! The establishment has been in operation for almost 50 years and is truly unique; so much so that you would think you were in another era! Everything here is very well done and frankly delicious. We particularly recommend the Migneron cheeseburger (with an extra egg, even better!) and the poutine. There are also pogos, club sandwiches (with real chicken), hot dogs and other traditional snack food.

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Café Arômes et Saveurs

Café Arômes et Saveurs is a charming establishment that offers very good and comforting products made from local ingredients. In a rustic style room, you can enjoy delicious pastries and baked goods, good breakfasts and lunches, as well as excellent coffee. A great gourmet address to visit during your stay in Baie-Saint-Paul.

64 Rue Saint Jean Baptiste
Baie-Saint-Paul

À Chacun Son Pain

À Chacun son Pain is a great bakery that charms with its quality products and friendly team. They offer fresh breads with original flavours, tasty pastries, baked goods, as well as sandwiches to go, and four picnic basket formulas; perfect for your day trips by the water or in the mountains.

1006 Boulevard Monseigneur de Laval
Baie-Saint-Paul
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Vices Versa

The most sophisticated option in La Malbaie, Vices Versa offers refined cuisine that honours the ingredients. The two chef-owners work hard to bring you the best of what they have to offer. The concept is simple, but very original: in the kitchen, both chefs propose their version of a protein, and the customer can choose what they’d like! The establishment offers a two or three-course menu, and for the full experience, we suggest a food and wine pairing. Plus, children are welcome here. A delicious address to discover!

216 Rue Saint Étienne
La Malbaie
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Truchon

Chez Truchon charms not only with its century decor, but with its comforting local bistro cuisine that promotes discovery. We particularly like the unpretentious terrace where you can enjoy a fine plate of fresh fish or expertly prepared meat. Note that Chez Truchon is also an inn, and offers eight rooms for you to enjoy their hospitality a little longer.  

1065 Rue Richelieu
La Malbaie

Pains d’exclamation !

It’s not often that the highlight of a trip is a visit to a bakery. However, the team at Pains d’exclamation! defies this statement with their exceptional bakery. Whether it’s for a coffee and a pastry, or to pick up breakfast, lunch, or a loaf for home, the creations here are sure to charm. Pains d’exclamation is a true little gem!

398 Rue Saint Étienne
La Malbaie

Chez Chantal

What comes to mind when you think of a quaint Quebec village? Perhaps a charming church, a small bank, and the inevitable chip truck. In this kind of place, it’s not avant-garde fusion creations that you’re seeking, but rather unpretentious and well-executed classics. You’ll find this at Chantal’s, where you can enjoy a good poutine in a picturesque setting just steps away from the magnificent railway. A must-try.

95 Rue du Quai
La Malbaie



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