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Above it All: top 6 Quebec City's best Panoramic Views

Ah, the thrill of climbing up endless flights of stairs just to catch a glimpse of yet another stunning view in a trip.You will do that here in Quebec City.

Who needs leg day at the gym when you can conquer the city's hills, right?

Sometime the staircases are steep it will give your legs the scientific equivalent of a PhD in muscle building.

While Quebec City may have its fair share of hills, don't let that discourage you from exploring the city on foot. The city is still very walkable for people of almost any age, and with so much to see and do, you won't want to miss out on any of it. Plus, walking those hills is a great way to burn off all those poutine and maple syrup treats you'll inevitably indulge.

While capturing photos can be fun, don't forget to put down your phone and truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Quebec City. Here is my top 7 view point of Quebec city area PS: these are my personal opinions

Crédit: Observatoire de la capitale facebook

1- Observatoire de la Capitale

Looking for a stunning panoramic view of Quebec City that will take your breath away?

This place ! Located on the 31st floor of the iconic Marie-Guyart Building (aka complexe G), the observatory offers an unparalleled 360-degree view of the city, with its famous landmarks and architecture on full display. But the view is just the beginning - the observatory's interactive exhibitions and displays will transport you back in time to discover Quebec City's fascinating past and present.It is the tallest building near old Quebec.

Admission is about $14.75 CAD for adults and $7 CAD for children (ages 6-17). That's right, for that price you could be looking at the finest views and learning more about the city. I go there at least once a year.

It is mandatory to book the ticket online.

2-Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-De Mons / Parc du Bastion-de-la-Reine

Are you looking a nice Instagram style-worthy spot in Quebec City? Look no further than the terrasse Pierre Dugua de Mons. This breathtaking lookout point offers a panoramic view of the city, including the majestic St. Lawrence River and the iconic Chateau Frontenac - the most photographed hotel in the world!

You can even make your own postcard by taking a picture from the terrace - no need to spend money on a souvenir one. Trust me, this view is so amazing, it'll make you feel like you're on top of the world (or at least on top of Quebec City).You can get there also just to relax and enjoy the view.

That terrace is named after Pierre Dugua de Mons, who played a pivotal role in establishing the first permanent French presence in North America? It's true - he may not be as well-known as Samuel de Champlain, but without his efforts and those of the Indigenous people who lived in the region for thousands of years, the landscape and culture of Quebec City would be vastly different today.

Go a few meter away little up over the hill and get yourself with a more upper view at Parc du Bastion-de-la-Reine

3-Ferry/Terrasse du Chevalier-de-Lévis

Ah, the view from Levis - envy of all us Quebec City folks! But dont worry, dear visitor, you too can enjoy the beauty of this must-see spot. The quai paquet or the newly revamped Terrace of Chevalier-de-Lévis are easily the best in place to see the view of quebec (well, on the south shore at least). Take aboard the ferry near Petit-Champlain and enjoy a thrilling ride across the mighty St. Lawrence River. The ferry fare is cheap (about 8$ round-trip), but trust me, it's worth it! Once you reach the other side in Lévis, just take a short stroll from the dock and climb up the cliff. And voilà! You've arrived at the Terrace, where the sunset is sure to take your breath away. So come and experience this picture-perfect view for yourself at the Terrace of Chevalier-de-Lévis!

4- The top of the fortification

Quebec City stands out as the only city north of Mexico to have maintained its fortifications, (one of the reason why the city earning it UNESCO recognition in 1985). With its elevated position, the fortifications offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the historic city that's simply picture-perfect.Picture yourself atop the ancient fortifications, at the iconic Château Frontenac, the winding streets of Old Quebec, and the vast St. Lawrence River. The historic architecture, charming streets, and stunning river views create an unparalleled scene just begging to be captured on camera or to be seen at least!

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5- Le Ciel (Concorde hotel rotating restaurant)

Le Ciel Restaurant at the Concorde Hotel. The restaurant is situated on the 28th floor, providing a panoramic view of the city that is simply breathtaking. While the food may be a bit pricy, it's the view that's the main attraction here.

Although I've only eaten there once, I can say that the food was good and the service was impeccable. However, the real star of the show is the incredible view. It's truly an unforgettable experience.As a local it was interesting to say ...hey "I tried the concorde restaurant". That hotel is well known here for its shape and location.

The rotating restaurant offers a 360-degree view of Quebec City, giving you the chance to see the city from quite all angles. And if you're not hungry, you can always stop by for a drink and take in the view. Just keep in mind that if you book on their website, it's for eating and not for a drink or dessert. So if you looking for romantic night out that could be an idea.

6- Le Clubby Bar

As a local and tour guide, I always make it a priority to learn more about my city. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the newly renovated Hotel Le Capitole as an activty of my membership with AGTQ (Association des Guides Touristiques de Quebec). I must say, this is a luxury hotel.It is one of the priciest in town.It is truly a luxurious experience, and one of the finest options available in the area.If you are into luxury travel it might be a place for you (I can say that the view from the room there and the amenity were quite impresive).

But lets get to the point. During the visit they introduced us to the Clubby Bar -Its a little hidden gems. I could easily say that it's a little treasure waiting to be discovered, with only 20 reviews on Google (at least, that's how many there were when I wrote this). The drink prices are surprisingly reasonable for such a fancy location (only $10 cad...less than a cheap beer at the bell center), and they even currently serve draft beer from a microbrewery I like "Les Grand Bois" and they do cocktail drink as well. The bar itself is stylish, chic, and cozy - but shhh, let's keep it a secret for now. It's not very well-known yet, but I have a feeling that's all about to change as more and more people discover it.

To experience a little bit of luxury and discover a hidden gem? - I'm already planning my next visit with some friends this summer.

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