Québec city’s most beautiful terraces
At the cultural and historical crossroads of French America, Québec offers so many great places to eat and drink. From a five-star gourmet meal to casual drinks with friends, there’s something for everyone. In summer, the capital comes alive as tourists descend on the city and the streets transform into a pedestrian paradise. With its old town and breathtaking views of the river, Québec is perfect for people who like to eat out. In addition to the amazing food, enjoy the unique atmosphere and character of a city with over 400 years of history.
Again this year, Québec’s municipal terrasse regulations have been relaxed to support the economic recovery in the restaurant sector. The easing of the health regulations brings us one step closer to a return to normal, and people are eager to get out and enjoy the summer. Interregional tourism remains popular, and Québec will finally be able to breathe a little easier when it starts welcoming new visitors. Whether you’re travelling to Québec or call the city home, there’s nothing better than strolling through the historical district and then kicking back on a terrasse. So, what are you waiting for?
Here are a few suggestions of lovely terrasses to try next time you’re in Québec. We hope you’ll discover more fantastic addresses in our national capital this summer!
*The photos in this list were taken before the pandemic.
La Cour arrière du Festibière
Located in Québec’s Old Port, this vast space developed and run by the team at the Festival de la bière de Québec is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Picnic tables and chairs are set up in a shallow pool so you can get your toes wet while sipping a local craft beer. We also love that you can bring your own food. The fun backyard is kid-friendly, so take your family and friends along! Étienne Dionne
Adjacent to Place Royale, Bistro L’Orygine serves up colourful and local vegetarian and vegan fare. Framed by old buildings, the terrasse has fantastic river views. Chef Sabrina Lemay loves working with homegrown ingredients and knows how to concoct delicious dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. And don’t forget the dessert menu by Chef Jérémie Billy. The whole experience is definitely worth the trip! Groupe La Tanière
While there’s no shortage of brewery cooperatives in Québec, La Barberie was the first to embark on the adventure in 1997. In addition to the excellent house beers, there’s an amazing summer terrasse built by Urbainculteurs and Verdir Saint-Roch. The greenery that abounds isn’t only decorative, since it also provides tasty fruits and vegetables. From Thursday to Sunday, enjoy a selection of dishes by Pastissimo catering service. Étienne Dionne
With magnificent views of the river, the terrasse at Quai 1635 sits right on Jacques-Cartier beach. Enjoy the simple menu, craft beers, cool breeze and stunning views. Quai 1635
Le Lapin Sauté
Located in the Petit-Champlain district, Lapin Sauté serves weekend brunch. The neighbouring park’s greenery and shade give the charming terrasse a welcoming and intimate feel. Restos Plaisir