• Sam.D

What should I bring back from Québec city

Updated: Mar 11

People always ask me,"what should I bring back from Québec city? I want to add new things to the list that you can find in other website

Here is a list of ideas with some unusual things to bring back home from your trip.


Poutine Sauce

Poutine is by far the most famous food in Québec.

If you dont know what it is, here is this not-so-secret recipe:

Quite simply, it is made from a combination of french fries, local cheese curds and a special gravy sort-of sauce.

When you first glance at it, it doesnt look that beautiful. It is a different story however after few bites. It is absolute bliss (at least for my stomach). If you feel a bit nostalgic after a trip, go to any grocery store in town and get yourself poutine powdered sauce (1-2$ per bag) to cook yours at home!

Did you know that poutine is so infamous in Québec that if you go to Macdonalds you can have one..And you know what? Im loving it ! ;)

l'Intermarché 850 Rue Saint-Jean,G1R 1R3 / 272 Rue Saint-Joseph Est G1K 3A9

Métro Plus 860 Boulevard Charest E, G1K 8S5 Any grocery store

Local Beer

If you have any relatives or friends who happen to be beer enthusiasts, you can't miss the opportunity to bring back great microbrews from here.Some happen to be award winning beers ! Few of my personal favorites are the herbosophie from le Noctem , White stout from Oshlag or S.I.R Pedro from la Brasserie Général .Most of the grocery stores now have a selection of local microbrewery/brewery beer.Those you you might see the most are Unibroue,Archibald,St-Ambroise,Boréal and le Trou du Diable.

You can get a larger selection in certain specialized beer stores in the old part of town.

Here are a few of them:

L'axe du Malt 601 rue D'aiguillon,G1R 1M6

La Duchesse D'Aiguillon 469 rue Saint-Jean, G1R 1P3

La Place 699 rue Saint-Joseph est, G1K 3C1

Some other great outside of the Old Town:

Dépanneur de la rive 4328 Rue Saint-Félix, G1Y 1X7

L'Impact 1600 4e Avenue, G1J 3C3

Le monde des bières 13 Rue Marie-de-l'Incarnation, G1M 3J4/ Beauport ,340-A, rue Seigneuriale/ Neufchâtel 9210, boulevard de l'Ormière

La boite à bières 1209 Rte de l'Église, G1W 3N9 ChaLou 1013 Avenue Lapierre, Québec, QC G3E 1H8 ChaLou Grand marché 250-M Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, QC G1L 5A7 ChaLou Beauport 2218 Boulevard Louis-XIV, Québec, QC G1C 1A2

They know the products well and will help you find the perfect gift for every palet.You could also buy beer glasses or even a taster pack with includes a couple of different beers.Guaranteed to provide moments of discovery back home!If you so desire you could also bring back a growler home straight from the brewery.

Gin/Ice Cider/Wine/Maple Liquor

The only place you can find liquor is at the exclusive provincial liquor store called SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec).Great various selection of local wines and Ice cider.Maybe it will sound surprising but if you are a gin lover you cannot pass on one of my personal favorites, which is named Ungava. It is distilled using herbs from the Ungava Peninsula.

Plenty of gin is produce here and many great one like la Radoune from Gaspésie,St-Laurent from Rimouski. You can also get some liquor like Sortilège a whisky made with maple syrup. Coureur des bois a cream beverage made with maple syrup is also a local favorite.

You can find a SAQ at a short walking distance out of the Gate Saint-Jean and also one at 1 minute from the Via Rail train Station la Gare du Palais.

SAQ 853 Rue Saint Jean G1R 1R2

SAQ 400 boulevard Jean Lesage G1K 8W1 SAQ Grand marché 250-M Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, QC G1L 5A7

If you have rent a car,you can go to SAQ all over the city.

Maple syrup product

It is an inevitable must for anybody that love the sweet taste.Québec is the undisputed maple syrup capital of the world. It is known that we produce about 72% (2014) of the world's yearly supply. More than 90% of the domestic production in Canada.Québec hosts over 13 500 maple syrup producers! The history of this sweet treasure start with the native tribe of North america (way before the coming of the european ).

You can find maple syrup product in all souvenir shop and grocery store also. If you have a car,go see the real sugar shack and buy from them!

Les Délices de l'érable (free museum and Maple product store) 1044 rue Saint Jean,G1R 1R6

Grocery Store (Closed) La Petite Cabane à Sucre de Québec 94 Rue du Petit Champlain, Québec, QC G1K 4H4

l'Intermarché 850 Rue Saint-Jean,G1R 1R3 / 272 Rue Saint-Joseph Est G1K 3A9

Métro Plus 860 Boulevard Charest E, G1K 8S Any grocery store or almost anywhere in old quebec

Credit photo instagram Fred Jourdain


Quebec city is full of amazing and passionate artist.You can put your picture in a frame but have you ever think to bring piece of art instead ? It help the local economy and also the artist as well.Most of them are freelance painter and illustrator.They have their small business and they are really good at it! Dont ask me to do drawing Im only good to do stick man ! My brother is also a great artist have a look at Maxstache You can buy art in various location in the city! From coffee shop,to microbrewery...and ofc art gallery Dont miss to walk over la rue du trésor (in summertime) at 1 minutes away from le château Frontenac.Also have a look at the amazing art gallery over Saint Pierre and Saint Paul street! If you want to get a bit of the beaten path go at

Trafiquants d'art 975A 3e Avenue, Québec G1L 2X2 It is a must and the 3rd avenue is a great part of the city

Celebration cookie

Families' favorite cookie, these are delicious. As you look on the box, you can see clearly see the frontenac castle which is iconic to Québec city .Why not bring a box back home and share it with your friends?You can find them at any grocery store for few bucks.

l'Intermarché 850 Rue Saint-Jean,G1R 1R3 / 272 Rue Saint-Joseph Est G1K 3A9

Métro Plus 860 Boulevard Charest E, G1K 8S5

Jos Louis

Jos Louis are a famous pastry known by most Québecers. All those who know it love the cake!

It is two red velvet cake filled with cream covered with a milk chocolate shell.

It was invented in 1932 and mostly know to appear on various publicity before (Like this one ) La petite vie one of the most famous tv show of Quebec.The bakery originates from Sainte-Marie de Beauce, and has many other great products like Ah Caramel! 1/2 Lune etc…You can bring back a box of 6 Jos Louis for 4$ in any grocery store (We have such awesome grocery stores no?)

l'Intermarché 850 Rue Saint-Jean,G1R 1R3 / 272 Rue Saint-Joseph Est G1K 3A9

Métro Plus 860 Boulevard Charest E, G1K 8S5

Vintage poster/Magnet picture

Old quebec memorabilia can be just the thing for the nostalgic one. You can find all sorts of them at Rock'n'livre on Saint Joseph Street (saint-roch district,cool area).Perfect for vintage afficionados. Some of the pictures sold there could be amazing adorning your wall!

Rock'n Livre 762 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, G1K 3C3

Beard Oil

Many people on tour ask me how I got a nice beard like that? I dont know ...it take time I guest! I can telI you I use local product from Saint-Roch neighborhood called Les Lueurs they have really good beard oil a perfect gift to bring back home ...If you have a beard! You can get their product at KRWN 461 Rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, QC G1K 3B6

Anything from souvenir shop

The old town is filled with tons of souvenir gift shops. Of course it is very touristic oriented but even I bought a few for fun. For example, I have gotten a Poutine t-shirt (not the russian president!), a old québec shooter glass and an old postcard that depicts the city as it was long ago. I have also acquired a car licence plate with the official moto of Québec «Je me souviens»

(I remember), which is what all the license plates here all say. I couldn't afford the car, so I just got the plate!

You can add also to that list:

Great Antiques on Saint Paul and Saint Pierre street

Local products made in Québec in Little champlain street or Saint Joseph Street !


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