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Only have one day to spend in magical Quebec City? Here are a few ideas to make it exceptional. I recommend you do a little research on the suggestions below and tailor them to best suit you. You may want to change the order around or delete an attraction or add one of your own.
In my opinion, one of the most important landmarks in Quebec City, and one that literally can not be missed is the Chateau Frontenac. It's towering and commanding presence can be seen from many areas of the city. Starting your day here, with breakfast at Le Cafe de la Terrasse, will ensure a little time spent at this historical site. After you have breakfast here, which incidently starts every morning at 7:00 a.m. it will be a good idea to take a little time to walk through the lobby of the hotel just to get a feel of this historical site, where many significant events took place. When you go outside make sure you have your camera ready, to take several shots of the most photographed hotel in the world.
From the Chateau Frontenac head over to the stunningly beautiful, Fontaine de Tourny. This is another of the many spectacular sites in the city. Donated to Quebec City, by the Simon Family for the occasion of the city's 400th anniversary this fountain is not to be missed. At one point, the fountain stood at one end of Allées de Tourny in Bordeaux, France and is now in it's new home in Quebec City. Again, have your camera ready to capture the elaborate detail of one of the most alluring sites in Quebec City.
After you leave the Fontaine de Tourny, one suggestion is to walk around Old Quebec to get a closer look at the incredible architecture of the numerous, very old buildings. If you have a chance it would be very helpful if you do a little reading beforehand. That way you will have a better idea of what you are seeing and you will get a lot more out of it. Make certain your walk leads you to the Rue du Petit-Champlain, said to be the oldest shopping district in North America. The quaint shops and friendly people will make a lasting impression, not soon to be forgotten. If you want to purchase a few items to bring back home with you, this is one place you will find them.
Apparently, there are nearly forty museums in Quebec City. Since your time is limited I would recommend the Museum of Civilization. Once inside, concentrate on the area depicting the history of Quebec City, as you will not have enough time to tour the entire museum. If you have a few extra minutes try and peak into the gift shop. It is one of the best museum gift shops I have been to. You might be able to pick up a few more unique souvenirs here. After two hours in this wonderful and interesting museum it's time for lunch.
For the most authentic French Canadian meal, I would highly recommend Aux Anciens Canadiens. It is a restaurant located in the oldest house in Canada. The squeaking floorboards and ambience will attest to that, adding to the overall amazing experience. The service and food are both truly fantastic and if you only have one day in Quebec City, this is the restaurant not to be missed. My favorites here are the salad with maple syrup dressing, the meat pie and maple syrup pie. Try and call ahead as it is a very popular place.
After lunch taking a guided tour of the fortifications, will allow you to see the history of Quebec City up close and personal. If you are not visiting during the times the tours are offered, you can take a self guided tour after doing a little research. I have visited the city several times and being out and about in it, is the best experience and the best way to really get a feel for this phenomenal city. If the weather does not co-operate then I would suggest either another museum, possibly the Musee du Fort or the Musee de l'Amerique Francaise (the Museum of French America). You will find information on this Trip Advisor site about these two museums by typing in the names in the search bar.
You should still have a little time before dinner to get to J A Moisan, the oldest Grocery Store in North America. It is a wonderful place and in my opnion can be considered an attraction itself. It is such a great experience looking at the old canned goods and just basically being in this store. You will find many items to bring back home with you. I know this is a full day, but if you have time I would really make the effort to get yourself to J A Moisan.
For your evening dinner I have two suggestions. The first is a restaurant called Panache. It is located in the Auberge Saint Antoine Hotel and is a terrific restaurant. The ambience is relaxing and the restaurant itself is very elegant with beautiful romantic lighting and comfty chairs and so forth. The service at Panache is impeccable, it is not a surprising that it is often referred to as one of the top ten restaurants in Canada. The food is probably the best restaurant food I have ever sampled anyhwere. I can still remember every single thing I ate there. The cost though is not for the faint of heart, just so you know beforehand, however it is worth every penny.
The other restaurant I have in mind is Le Patriarche. It also is a very nice restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and excellent food. The service is wonderful and they can't do enough to make your dinner special. You are pretty much guaranteed to have a wonderful meal, regardless which restaurant you decide on.
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After your full day in Quebec City I imagine you will be pretty tired. However, if you have any steam left I would recommend going back to the Chateau Frontenac with your camera, to get some night shots. And if you are really energetic going by the Train Station would be fun too, as it is a beautiful structure during the day and even more so in the evening.
I hope this helps a little, to plan your day in Quebec City.