Regarded by many as the French capital of North America, Quebec City is guaranteed to charm even the most seasoned of travelers. The Old Town of Quebec, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the year 1608, is enough to fill out a day’s itinerary. Be amazed by its rich history, as you explore historic museums, marvel at vintage European architecture, and relax at fine dining restaurants.
Once the sun sets on the horizon, Quebec City transforms into a thriving hub of nightlife. Some even say that it is comparable or better than a night in Las Vegas! With so much to do, where does one begin? Fret not, we have done our research and present to you our list of things to do in Quebec City at night.
This workshop will feed your creativity. Learn about the different brushes, palettes, and surfaces used in acrylic painting. No need to worry if it is your first time as everything you need to know about this engaging process will be explained in detail. Make your visit to Quebec City more interesting by taking this fun class with your friends. This unique evening experience will definitely give you something to be excited about, and you can take your artwork home with you as a remembrance.
Flowers in acrylic paint
Duration: 2 hours
2. Take a stroll along the streets of Old Quebec City
If taking a stroll along the streets and admiring the sights at night is more your cup of tea, why not just do that after a good dinner? Old Quebec magically transforms into a fairytale-like village at night, with decorations lighting up the streets and the smell of street-side food filling the air with their aromas. If you happen to be here during the colder months, the sights are even better! Overall, it is definitely an experience that you will keep reliving, over and over again.
Old Quebec City
Website: Old Quebec
3. Plan a picnic at La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
If you are looking to have a picnic while enjoying the sunset with loved ones, how about doing it by the St Lawrence River at the Samuel-De Champlain Promenade? Presented by the Quebec government to mark the city’s 400th anniversary, this large green park stretches for at least 4.3 km (2.7 miles) and offers nearly unobstructed views of the river, making it the perfect spot to relax the evening away. In the daytime, you can visit the sports areas of the park and engage in some sporting activities with your mates.
La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Address: 2795 Boulevard Champlain, Québec, QC G1T 1X9
Website: La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
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4. Drink craft beers at Korrigane
It’s Friday night and you and your friends are planning to paint the town red. How about starting the night off with a few beers at Korrigane? Located in the St. Roch neighborhood of the city, this pub brews craft beer in small amounts, using artisanal methods. Order some bar food and then choose from a range of beer that includes IPAs and classic ales at affordable prices. Don’t hesitate to ask the knowledgeable staff for suggestions on which beer to taste.
Address: 380, Dorchester Street, Québec (Qc) G1K 6A7
Operating hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 11.30am - 1.00am. Fridays to Saturdays, 11.30am - 3.00am
Average price for 2: 8 - 22 USD
5. Unwind in the state park of Domaine de Maizerets
Looking for a place to unwind after a full day of activities? The state park of Domaine de Maizarets could be just the place for you, even at night. As dusk sets, take a stroll along one of many walking trails and quietly admire the silhouettes cast by the pale moonlight in the night sky. It might help clear your thoughts and allow you to prepare for the day ahead.
Domaine de Maizerets
Address: 2000 Boulevard Montmorency, Québec, QC G1J 5E7
Website: Domaine de Maizerets
6. Pose to click pictures in front of the Place Royale
Nicknamed the ‘Cradle of French Civilization in America’, the Place Royale is richly steeped in history. You only need to step one foot into this place to almost feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to the early days of the French in Quebec. Admire and take photos of the French-inspired architecture here, especially the historic Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, which is the oldest stone church in North America.
Address: 2-4 Rue des Pains Bénits, Ville de Québec, QC G1K Rue des Pains Bénits
Website: Place Royale
7. Relish some Canadian dishes at Légende
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
Treat your tastebuds to classic and modern Canadian dishes at Legende, which has been voted one of Canada’s 100 best restaurants. The establishment prides themselves in using local ingredients for their food. The customers often rave about how the restaurant’s tasting menu takes them on a culinary adventure. Made up of multiple courses, each dish comes as a surprise and a feast for the senses.
Opt for the wine pairing option if you would like to. You can also choose items from its ala carte menu if you have something specific in mind to eat. Try the Bison Shoulder Fillet, Half Lobster Poached in Butter and the Strawberry Tomato Mousse cake.
Address: 255, Saint-Paul Street, Quebec City, Canada, G1K 3W5
Operating hours: Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays to Sundays, 5.30pm - 10.00pm
Average price for 2: 25 - 50 USD
8. Pay your respects at Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral
Built in 1647, the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral was the first church made of stone in the city. With strong European roots, the church is the ancestor of all Catholic parishes that have spread across Canada and the United States. During the British siege in 1759, the church was damaged but was later rebuilt according to the original plans.
Step into this church and admire its colorful stained-glass windows and its chancel golden sculptures. We recommend taking a seat on one of the benches and revel in the silence, as you pay your respects in this sanctuary.
Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral
Address: 16 Rue De Buade, Québec, QC G1R 4A1
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays, 7.00am - 4.00pm (7.00pm during summer). Saturdays, 7.00am - 6.00pm (7.00pm during summer). Sundays, 8.00am - 5.00pm (7.00pm during summer)
9. Grab a gourmet coffee at Nektar Caféologue
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
Coffee lovers and cafe hoppers should definitely pay a visit to Nektar Cafeologue. Not only does it serve quality gourmet coffee, but it has a great community vibe that makes everyone feel welcome. If you’re coming in a large group, the cafe has more than enough space to accommodate you and your friends. We suggest you try their golden brown croissants and the Matcha Latte or Matcha Frappe.
Address: 235 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 3B1
Website: Nektar Caféologue
Operating hours: Mondays to Wednesdays, 7.00am - 8.00pm. Thursdays to Fridays, 7.00am - 9.00pm. Saturdays, 8.00am - 8.00pm. Sundays, 8.00am - 7.00pm
10. Catch a show at Theatre Petit Champlain
Are you into plays, stand-up comedy and live music? Then you should probably check out the small but intimate Theatre Petit Champlain for any upcoming events and evening shows, where many Canadian and international artists have performed over the years. Whether you’re on a date and hanging out with a small group of friends, this is one of the best places to visit in Quebec City at night and also a good option for an after-dinner plan.
Theatre Petit Champlain
Address: 68 Rue du Petit-Champlain, Quebec City, QC G1K 4H4
Website: Theatre Petit Champlain
11. Dance the night away at Dagobert
Don’t know what to do in Quebec City at night? Party and dance all through Friday night into Saturday morning by paying a visit to the nightclub Dagobert. Located in the downtown area, this should be a ‘must-do’ on your itinerary. This club has multiple floors that play different genres of music, like techno, R&B and house. It is also quite spacious, which leaves plenty of room for you and your friends to dance the night away. The drinks are moderately priced, so you don’t have to worry about burning a large hole in your wallet. That being said, be sure to keep a vigilant eye on your personal belongings!
Address: 590 Grande Allée E, Quebec City, QC G1R 2K5
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.00am - 3.00am
Just an hour away from Quebec City, this horse riding activity in Saint-Ferdinand is something you can look forward to. If you are a beginner, don’t worry! Your experienced host will know which horse to pair you off with. Some training on riding techniques will be provided to ensure the safety of the riders, and there is a fenced carousel for you to practice your new skills. Enjoy the view of the sunset as you take on the country trails, and bask in the magnificent vistas from the top of the mountain. After the activity, say goodbye to your horse and your wonderful host, and don’t forget to thank them for the wonderful trip.
Horse riding at sunset
Duration: 1.5 hours
Enjoy the nightlife in Quebec City
Whether it’s checking out the nightlife in Quebec City or enjoying some tranquility in the park, there’s always something for you to do at night here. We hope that with this list, you can find something worthwhile. Happy exploring!
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