Artisanal bakery with a great selection of organic breads. Pastries, muffins and other sweet treats are excellent here, and you can also get sandwiches and soups to take away for a rejuvenating lunch in the park.
Québec's public market has the freshest produce in town. Vegetables and fruits are regionally grown, and meats come from local farms. Herbs and flowers, cheeses and other local specialties are also available, and there are several vendors offering baked goods, jams, maple syrup and other home made goods.
Chocolate for everyone! A small chocolate shop and café, this l'Île d'Orléans business is a great stop for lunch or dessert, or just to find gifts for the folks back home. Enjoy a sandwich or salad, and then indulge in a treat: candies, cookies, brownies, cakes and pastries line the cases just waiting to be tasted. During the summer months there's homemade ice cream and sorbet, too.
Québec is known for its museums, and this one ranks right at the top of the list. Not only does the Choco-Musée Érico offer some fascinating exhibits on the history of chocolate and the process of making it, but they also offer samples! After your tour, you can enjoy more goodies in the chocolate shop, all made on the premises: ice cream, cookies, brownies, cake, hot chocolate, and traditional and more adventurous filled chocolates.
In the tradition of the finest European bakeries, De Blanchet uses nothing but natural ingredients in their baked goods – real butter, fresh eggs, cream, real vanilla – and the resulting products are superior because of it. Plain and filled croissants, artisan breads, cakes, adorable little tarts and pastries, cookies and more fill the pastry cases, and everything tastes as good as it looks, or even better. The shop also has a gourmet food section where you'll find items such as foie gras, local cheeses, olives, pâtes, dried fruits and infused vinegars and oils.
Québec's undisputed tea experts. Stop in for a pot of freshly brewed tea and a pastry or slice of cake, and then do a bit of shopping. The selection of teas is truly astounding, hailing from all over the world, and the staff is well educated in the qualities of each and every tea on the shelves. A full range of tea accessories is also available, and the shop offers a number of interesting and educational tea classes, tastings and workshops.
Often touted as the first grocery store in North America, JA Moisin has been in business since 1871. The store feels somewhat like a museum, with retro trinkets and endearing kitsch scattered about, but that doesn't detract from the business at hand, which is selling food. Specialties include Québec cheeses, pates and charcuterie, making this the ideal place to shop for a picnic.
The trendy Saint Roch district has several good bakeries, such as Le Croquembouche, an appealing little place owned by a professional baking couple. Named for the French dessert created from a heap of cream-filled profiteroles covered with lacy spun sugar, the shop has absolutely wonderful pastries and breads: chocolate éclairs, fruit tarts, flaky napoleons, palmiers, buttery croissants, brioche, baguettes, muffins and beautiful cookies, just to name a few. At lunchtime, the shop offers overstuffed sandwiches, quiches and homemade soups for hungry patrons.
Hold off on buying run-of-the-mill souvenirs at the touristy places until you get a chance to visit this unique little shop, located at Place Royale. Housed in a building that dates back to the 17th century, Mouche a Feu specializes in those rare little ditties that you can't find at other gift shops. From imported Cuban and Dominican Republican cigars to gourmet candies, they've got your habits covered. If it's a gourmet you're shopping for, then check out their smart wine holders, décorative cheese plates and Ritzenhoff glassware.
The popular "sugar shack" of Petit Champlain is a great one-stop destination. Where else can you expect to pick up sugary sweets for the folks back home AND enjoy a maple stick, dip ice cream or other tasty dessert of your own? Take your time picking out a gift, for the choices are many, including maple syrup in décorative containers, baskets of maple syrup, jelly and butter, and an assortment of delectable candies and other goodies. Just don't forget to treat yourself, too!