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Quebec Food and Drink
Your guide to the best food and drink experiences in the province of Quebec
The province of Quebec Canada has a unique and dynamic food culture influenced by the area’s multicultural diversity, local traditions, and amazing availability of fresh produce, meats, seafood, and craft beverages. LuxuryQuebec is pleased to highlight the top culinary specialties of the region, along with where to find the best traditional cuisine and foodie celebrations.
Many local and regional specialties stem from the area’s pioneer past and dramatic seasonal climate changes. Québécois cuisine features hearty comfort food that sustained and nourished the early settlers of the area and continue to deliciously delight today.
Some of the most popular local dishes are poutine (French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy), cretons (a cold meat spread often enjoyed on toast as a traditional breakfast classic), and baked beans made with the famous local maple syrup.
Quebec Food and Drink: The ‘Maple Staple’
Indeed, Canada is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup, and more than 90% of that is produced in Quebec. For a fun and uniquely Canadian foodie experience, visit an authentic ‘sugar shack’, a small wooden house where the sap of the maple trees is boiled down and made into syrup. During the spring, visitors and residents alike can celebrate springtime-and the maple harvest-at sugar shacks throughout Quebec and enjoy festive activities and simple traditional dishes made with maple syrup.
Head to Quebec City for a sampling of some of the best traditional food in Quebec. Aux Anciens Canadiens is an historic restaurant set in the oldest house in Quebec City, and is famous for authentic Québécois and European cuisine. The cosmopolitan city of Montreal offers year-round foodie fun, and Montreal restaurants range from unique cafés and award-winning fine dining establishments to farmers market vendors and food trucks.
While in Montreal, don’t miss La Banquise. This all-night diner-and TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 Award winner-is one of the best restaurants in Montreal for traditional poutine. For award-winning fine dining, visit Restaurant Tandem for excellent, French-inspired dishes.
From acclaimed restaurants, cozy cafés, and prime seafood spots to iconic sugar shacks, outdoor markets, agritourism farms, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, Quebec offers delicious culinary discoveries throughout the province. Let LuxuryQuebec be your guide to the best food and drink establishments and events in the area, as well as the top things to do, places to stay, shopping, and real estate in Quebec.