Dining at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
1 Rue des Carrières
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Fairmont Le Château FrontenacOn the eastern edge of Québec City's Upper Town, the Terrasse Dufferin (Dufferin Terrace) was built in 1883. The wide boardwalk has been popular with residents and visitors ever since, thanks to its stunning views of the Lower Town and the St. Lawrence River. From here you can ride the funicular down to the Old Port below or pause your sightseeing to stop in at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. The hotel, which opened in 1893, is the city's most recognizable landmark. Even if you don't stay there, afternoon tea, cocktails, or a meal at one of its restaurants is an almost obligatory stop on many Québec City itineraries. Champlain Restaurant is the hotel's most formal option, a gourmet take on Québecois cuisine as imagined by chef Stéphane Modat. It is also where afternoon tea is served, in a glass sunroom overlooking the terrace. Bistro Le Sam and the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar are more casual.