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Café du Monde: An institution not to be missed in Old Quebec

This institution is a member of the program Aliments du Québec au Menu! This means that they have chosen to highlight the wonderful products of Quebec and our producers in their menu – something we find admirable! Aliments du Québec au Menu is a recognition program for restaurants that value Quebec products in their cuisine. To learn more, click here!

Café du Monde opened its doors over 30 years ago, in 1987. The instigator of the project is Jacques Gauthier, a pillar in the restaurant world of Quebec City. The restaurant’s director is Christine Normand and the management is done with the partners of the Restos Plaisirs Group; Paris Grill, Lapin Sauté, Ciel Bistro-Bar tournant, Cochon Dingue and JAJA. Café du Monde strives to offer their loyal clientele refined cuisine where consistency and quality are always on the menu.

A space filled with history

This beautiful establishment offers magnificent views both on the river from the veranda section, and on the agora of Old Quebec. The restaurant’s decor—with the look and feel of a French bistro—is the work of the LemayMichaud design firm, and contributes greatly to the experience. You feel like you’re on a journey, in a space filled with history. In its vast space is also a magnificent U-shaped bar that seats 11. The dining room has a capacity of 169 and the terrace offers an additional 50 seats overlooking the river.

The menu is developed by François Drouin, chef and co-owner since 2015. The restaurant’s classics have become staples when it comes to the Café du Monde menu. A few fixtures include foie gras crème brûlée with black currant onions and a walnut bun, tartares, and artisanal black pudding. “I offer an unpretentious bistro cuisine using local Québécois products; all while respecting a good quality-price ratio,” explains the chef. The address also offers an interesting breakfast offering. With, for example, Le Vitaminé: a plate including cottage cheese, fresh fruit, a poached egg and a delicious “crème brûlée” yogurt. Seafood is also a big part of the menu, like the delicious Nordique breakfast plate: eggs Benedict with Matane shrimp, lobster, avocado, and Maltese sauce. Some menu items change twice a year, and the table d’hôte changes five times a year.

A timeless institution

Sommelier Amélie Lachance is in charge of the wine list, which features 130 to 150 labels. The majority of the list is made up of private imports and includes a few organic options. The selection grows over time based on consumer demand. The wines by the glass are numerous, with about ten choices in both whites and reds.

This is a timeless institution offering quality cuisine and excellent, professional service.


Photography by Photos Le Café du Monde





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