Quebec city & Montreal with teens
We are driving to Quebec city with the kids (16 year old twins) this Sunday. Will stay for 4 nights and 2 nights at Montreal.
Any suggestions for cool local lunch and dinner on the budget?
We are foodies from NYC and we would like to try local or French inspired pastries, coffee shops, local beer ...
In Montreal - La Banquise is fun for it's many varieties of poutine, which is not something you will find in anywhere else.
What kind of "on budget" are we talking about ?
Always check for summer/sunday closure ...
For pastries, I suggest going to Patisserie Rhubarbe.
You could walk down to Mont-Royal to "La Salle à Manger", or gilford st. for "Le Chien Fumant" or "Le Quartier Général"; or to St-Denis St. for 5eme Peché, L'Express, 3 petits bouchons, ...
Scratch all my selections... probably too expensive; except Patisserie Rhubarbe.
You could try "La Famille" (gilford st. ) for lunch.
Chicken from Romados; pick up a whole chicken and bring it to a nearby park. ( will fill up the familiy nicely).
Get some bagels and smoked salmon and cream cheese from Fairmont or St-Viateur bagels and some "Viennoiseries" from Guillaume Bakery.
For beers, have a look at "Dieu du Ciel"; even if it is a bar (??) you probably be able to sit outside on the terrasse with the kids.
You can go up to the Marché Jean-Talon and grab some veggies, fruits , charcuterie/paté/cheese and some beers (from Marché des Saveurs) and make a piknic out of that.
For (french) macarons, try either "Point G" or "La Maison Du Macaron"
This article is about the best beer stores in Montreal http://www.nightlife.ca/sorties/les-m...
If you go to Romados which you definitely should https://www.facebook.com/pages/Romado... the one called 'Au Coin Duluth' is fairly close by. Banquise is a good idea for poutine. if you dont want to go to the market and feeling like making sandwiches near 'Au coin Duluth' there is a great store next to Schwartz's (a good/cheap place it its own right for smoked meat sandwiches) called Vieille Europe that has a lot of imported cheeses and meats. For great coffee go to Myriade if you are near the fine art museum (otherwise it isn't a very beautiful place).
In Montreal, Kouign Aman is fabulous for croissants, pain au chocolat, tarte tatin and their kouign aman. The bakery Co'pain d'Abord has a lot of good small pies and quiches that are handy for an inexpensive lunch, also nice sandwiches. Bagels from St-Viateur are great and I'd probaby head to the Main for smoked meat just because the menu is more varied than at Schwartz and there isn't the same crazy line-up. L'Express and Chez Levecque are good classic French bistros, and it is probably worth heading to Au Pied de Cochon for some foie gras poutine as the portions are hearty, although that would be the foodie splurge of the trip compared to the others mentioned here. Jean-Talon market is a fun excursion and I hear the market at the Old Port in Quebec City is really great too, although I haven't had a chance to go yet. Have fun!