Visiting this summer - Montreal or Quebec City
This is not really a food question and for that I apologize. I'm planning on taking my wife to your lovely country this summer (June or July) for our anniversary but (and this may be stupid to ask on the Montreal board) don't know if I should visit Montreal or Quebec City.
Being from outside Philadelphia, we love to go into the city for all types of ethnic food and culture. But, we also like smaller, quainter cities as well. We also love to hear good music as well. So, I would greatly appreciate any and all advice on where Canadians think is better to visit. Later on, I'd love to hear suggestions for food once the choice is narrowed down. Thank you all very much!
Fellow American here, thought I'd give you my 2 cents having lived in Montreal for 4 years, with frequent visits to Quebec city.
Montreal is hands down better if you are looking for a place with nightlife and variety, but it's very spread out and a trifle unfriendly to the average American... maybe in part due to the language tensions. Good restaurants are very accessible on the American dollar, but the best in general are acknowledged to be Toque (French), L'Express (French), Koji's Kaizen (Japanese), Le Queue de Cheval is very expensive, but I think its the best steak and seafood in town.
If you are looking for a "romantic" setting and more beautiful scenery, as well as a great history lesson, then I suggest Quebec city. Good restaurants are not as easy to find as they are in Montreal, but one of the best restaurants anywhere in Canada is Serge Bruyere (?sp) in the old city.
While Montreal is dirtier and faster paced, Quebec city is a bit of a tourist trap for the uninitiated (and non-French speaking). You will likely enjoy a visit to either one, or both. I think I couldn't choose very easily in your shoes. Feel free to send to my email address if you have specific questions.