I typically plan my trips way ahead of time. This time, it is a last minute deal. I am leaving for Montreal this evening and for Quebec City tomorrow evening. I have a very vague idea of my plan in Quebec City. I only have a day there and would like to make the most of it. For those of you that have been there, I would appreciate it if you could give me a list of "absolutely cannot be missed" attractions and local restaurants. Your help will be much appreciated.
This is my town so...
The best place to stay cheap and nice is the youth hostel in the old part of town (19 rue ste ursule, I work there)
The classic is a walk in the old part of town, count half a day if you include Le petit Champlain, down the stairs after the Terrase Dufferin (The best view in québec). Cheap restaurant: Le petit coin latin, Le casse-crêpe breton, le bonnet d'âne.
If you're more outdoorsy, rent a bike and go to the montmorency fall and Orleans Island.
Of course, this is only the big classics and my town as a lot more to offer, but if you're here for only one day...
Some people like to visit the citadelle (military fort) and the Parlement, I'm not a big fan myself.
To go out at night, for clubs you go to Street Grande Allée (plan nice clothes and entry fee) and for pubs you go to street St-Jean (no entry fee, cheaper beer, chansonnier at Chez son père.)
Hope you have fun and be ready to go up some hills
Defintely see Old Quebec - the section within the walls. It's absolutely beautiful. A walk along the boardwalk, down near Chateau Frontenac, is a must! Ile d'Orelans is beautiful, but that's a day's trip in and of itself, as mariqué mentioned. My favourite restaurant is actually a little bar called Pape Georges, down in Cartier Champlain, if I remember right. And if you've got some extra cash and want an absolutly magical meal, try Lili Raphael. It'll cost you a small fortune, but wow...
Enjoy! I've been to Quebec City a good 15 times and I never tire of it...
Thanks to both of you for your prompt responses to my message. Quebec City was amazing!!!! Your recommendations were extremely useful.