Winding cobblestone streets, fading-worthy architecture and a thriving cultural scene await in this century-old Canadian metropolis.
With the Canadian border now open to Americans after more than a year of closures linked to COVID, Quebec City, rich in history, welcomes tourists with a multitude of luxury hotels. The freshly refreshed Hotel Le Capitole, for one thing, attracts with a pair of on-site restaurants, a playhouse, and views of the city’s Old Quebec neighborhood (not to mention in-room bathrooms with heated marble floors). There are also nearby Mr. Jean, which debuted in 2019. What the boutique property lacks in bonus spaces, it more than makes up for in style; Cranky blue furnishings and oversized windows add drama to the bedrooms, while striped lamps and velvet wingback chairs liven up the living rooms.
Need a break between the shops on rue du Petit-Champlain or exploring the city’s many historic monuments? Rest your tired feet and fill your tummy to Madame chose. Opened in December 2019, the avant-garde design restaurant is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. Dazzling light fixtures, cascading greenery and beautiful tiles make dishes such as roast duck breast and arctic char with a vermouth sauce even tastier.
The past is present
For a fun afternoon that won’t chatter your teeth in the Canadian cold this winter, spend some time indoors at the Civilization museum. An interactive history museum, the beloved institution offers a range of exhibits for visitors of all ages and interests. A must? “Pompeii: The Immortal City”, which will open in November 2021 and run until the beginning of September 2022. Produced by the Museo Galileo d’Italie and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the captivating spectacle recreates this day fateful in 79 AD when Vesuvius unleashed his wrath on the ancient Roman city.