Recently the Monastère des Augustines has reinvented itself as a wellness hotel with a restaurant serving flavorful and healthy meals. While these new ventures may be getting all the attention, they exist only to support the Augustinian sisters' original mission. Since the 17th century, they have served the poor and sick of the province. The museum includes artifacts from the order's 12 hospitals, providing a fascinating history of developments in medicine over the last 400 years. If you are looking for a unique gift from Québec, stop by the boutique which stocks healing herbal teas blended by the nuns.
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Le Monastère des Augustines
Who would have expected that an ancient order of nuns would be generating buzz in Québec City's restaurant scene? The Augustinian Sisters have been present in the city since the 17th century, devoted to caring for the poor and suffering. But as their numbers declined the nuns chose to venture in a new direction, and last year they opened a wellness hotel and a restaurant. The menu is limited—soup, a salad bar loaded with grains and roasted vegetables, and then a choice of chicken, fish or vegetarian entrée. On a recent visit, a dish of chicken and wild rice in green curry sauce proved to be one of the most memorable meals in a city of excellent restaurants. The money raised by the hotel and restaurant helps support the nuns' outreach programs—which makes eating well feel even better.