To start off, soon after arriving in Quebec we quickly learned that there were few places to get a truly decent cup of coffee let alone artisan pastries in the "old" section of the city, at least in the lower part. And Starbucks seemed to be the dominant force in upper town as it was attached to the Frontenac Hotel. So, one day at lunch at the Voodoo Bistro on Grand Alle next to the Plains of Abraham, we asked our server where everyone went to get fresh pastries -- he replied with a look of distate, "no where around here -- too many tourists." Where you want to go, he said, was rue Saint Jean.
So we did. We soon concluded that this street is probably one of the nicest strolls in the city, particularly once you get outside the walls of the old section heading toward avenue Cartier. But more of that in another post. Right now we were focused on pastry shops and our first stop was while we were still inside the walls, at Paillard:
|apricot pastry -- reminiscent of a Parisian Ornais the flavor was not good|
|our favorite by far: J. A. Moisan|
|Simon - the only shop to actually use the word "patisserie"|
|Picardie on Avenue Cartier|
But, as I'll discuss in another post, pastries weren't the only disappointment when it came to food in Quebec -- the restaurants in the city were far from remarkable.