Celebrate All Things Old, New, Fresh, and Sustainable in Quebec City

Posted March 23, 2010 by Jamie Moore

Quebec Quebec City is a modern city with a thoroughly Old World feel. Founded as a fur-trading post in 1608, this vibrant French-speaking city is celebrating its fourth centennial in style. Celebrez this grand history, and then head to St. Roch, the city's trendiest district, where you can stay at a sustainable fair-trade hotel, sip a beer at a cooperative microbrewery, or grab lunch at a French bistro featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Stay
L'Autre Jardin
: Indulge in the cozy comforts at l'Autre Jardin without an ounce of guilt. This charming boutique hotel is the first socially responsible hotel in Quebec City. It's owned and operated by Carrefour Tiers-Monde, a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote international cooperation and local development. Relax in the comfortably and tastefully furnished rooms knowing your room rate supports a good cause. Then wake up to a gratis breakfast buffet featuring fair-trade coffee, sugar, and locally made breads. Rooms start at $95 CAD.

Drink
La Barberie
: Support the local community by drinking a beer at La Barberie. This cooperatively owned microbrewery uses part of its profits to finance local projects. It has eight beers on tap and the selection changes daily. Order the carousal de 8 galopins to get five-ounce samples of each featured beer, and then order a pint of your favorite. Flavors include dark chocolate stout, white-blackberry beer, and seasonal sensations like raspberry lime pale ale.

Eat
Le Cafe du Clocher Penche
(this website in French only): This popular local cafe buzzes with a hip crowd enjoying the creations of its two artisan chefs and a wine list featuring nearly 200 wines, most of them organic. Duck confit, roasted veal, vegetarian chili, and wild boar are some of the featured French-fusion dishes. Save room to savor dessert.

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(Photo: Claudel Huot/Quebec City Tourism)

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