It can be a difficult task to travel as a vegan, especially to places where eating meat is part of the typical tourist experience. Québec city, being one of those places, turned out to be a secret vegan haven. I was expecting to have some trouble finding restaurants that offered vegan options, but I was pleasantly surprised! With terrine shops at every corner, Québec also has its share of delicious plant-based foods. All the restaurants we found were excellent and I expect to return to all of them on my next visit.
Let this post be a food lover’s guide to eating vegan in Québec City! I included all the restaurants we ate at in chronological order and also included some touristic spots I loved visiting. Get ready to scroll, this will be a long post!
First stop: Poutineville
Address: 735 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 3C6
Order: You have the option to create your own poutine: I opted for the regular cut fries, with the original sauce, vegan cheese and added some onions as a topping. Charles (the boyfriend) got the crushed potatoes (what Poutineville are supposedly known for) with the original sauce and vegan cheese. We also got onion rings as an entrée (without the aioli sauce). Three of their poutine sauces are vegan!
Verdict: Poutine is poutine, it is always amazing. It isn’t the healthiest of meals, but it’s a must, especially when going to Québec.
Coffee Break: Saint-Henri Microtorréfacteur
Address: 849 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 3C8
Order: We got the Chemex for 2 and a vegan lemon & poppyseed donut
Verdict: This café is incredible! They make their own donuts and they provide a great variety of coffee and snacks. The place is so beautiful with an open concept, giant windows and quirky objects lying around at every corner.
Gourmet Dinner: Bistro L’Orygine
Address: 36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec, QC G1K 3Z6
Order: All the dishes at L’Orygine are larger than a typical entrée but smaller than a typical main. They recommend 2-3 dishes per person and they encourage sharing. We got 2 mocktails (both were delicious) and 4 plates. They tend to change their menu according to what is in season since all their ingredients, without exception, are locally grown. We started off with a falafel dish and a vegetable platter (three ways: marinated, cooked and raw). We continued with a ravioli dish made of kale and black garlic, and a polenta dish with homemade tofu (definitely the star of the show). We finished the day by going to their ice cream shop situated in the same building and got an assortment of sorbets. The ice cream shop is a must! They have delicious flavours made from local petits fruits.
Verdict: L’Orygine is a gem and I really recommend it. The service is incredible and the restaurant is gorgeous. They have very creative dishes and it becomes clear that everything on the menu is made out of fresh and good quality ingredients. Although it is a little pricey, it is a great option if you want to treat yourself to a really nice dinner in the heart of Old Québec city.
Healthy Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch: La Serre Comptoir Santé
Address: 117 Rue Dalhousie, Québec, QC G1K 4C5
Order: We got a berry & chocolate breakfast bowl, a chocolate cake and a taco platter with jackfruit & charcoal guacamole. We also decided to get one of their juices: “Fou Comme Un Balai”.
Verdict: So many things looked good that we decided to order multiple dishes just to try everything out! Everything is pre-packaged, but you can eat in their beautiful location. They have an amazing variety of small healthy snacks, smoothies/juices/milks and meals. We both really loved their food and everything is clearly marked as either vegan or vegetarian (which makes it very simple)!
Afternoon snack: Érico
Address: 634 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P8
Order: I ordered “La Soyeuse”, a vegan tofu-based chocolate ice cream.
Verdict: I could not believe how good this ice cream was…It tasted exactly like real chocolate gelato, so much so, that I was slightly nervous about having accidentally ordered a dairy ice cream. If you’re in Québec city you have to get ice cream here! I’m jealous of the people that get to live near this chocolate shop…
The Best Lunch: Les Gourmandises Louca
Address: 778 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P9
Order: I ordered the quinoa bowl (quinoa, greens, carrots, beets, veggie paté and tofu balls) and Charles ordered the tempeh burger. We also shared a carrot cake.
Verdict: The restaurant is extremely charming, and the food was really good. I want to go back to try all their dishes and desserts. They even sell spices/flours/nuts in bulk!
The Last Supper: Nina Pizzeria
Address: 410 Rue Saint-Anselme, Québec, QC G1K 5T2
Order: There are 2 vegan pizza options on the menu: Piena Di Verdure (tomato, garlic, zucchini, aubergine, red peppers, tofu “feta”, olive oil and mushroom “bacon”) and Nuda Non Nuda (tomato, cashew nut “parmesan”, green olives, fried capers and olive oil). Both were inc.re.di.ble. The crust on this pizza is divine! We also got 2 salads as an entrée: the Verde E Fagioli (cucumbers, asparagus, dill, mint, parsley and hummus) and the Cavolo E Agrumi (green cabbage, red pepper, carrot, grapefruit, orange, lime, lemon with a maple syrup and sambal oelek vinaigrette).
Verdict: This was my favourite restaurant during our trip. To be fair, I love pizza…The restaurant looked really trendy and the service was great (our waiter even checked with the kitchen to make sure that the salads we ordered were vegan, even if we didn’t ask him to do so). The pizza was excellent! To be honest, I would have liked it even if it was only tomato sauce―the dough was perfect! If you’re a fan of pizza, you definitely have to eat here.
Québec “Coups de Coeur“
Now, for some of my favourite activities and places to visit in Québec City!
Our hotel: Le Manoir d’Auteuil (specifically the Edith Piaff room)
I honestly wish that we could’ve spent more time in our hotel room…It is located in a beautiful historical building. The staff was really friendly and the room (specifically the blue bathroom) was breathtaking.
The “Marché du Vieux-Port” Market
If you have the time to take a stroll in the old port market, do it! There is a great variety of vegetables and specialized shops (so much maple syrup!!!!).
Le Petit Champlain
Le Petit Champlain is truly a magical place! Take this time to explore some small shops. I found vegan matcha cotton candy and the best chocolate I’ve ever had (Mathilde Fays)!
Le Musée de la Civilization
We went to an exhibit about London. The museum is beautiful and has great artifacts. I loved their permanent exhibition.
Le Musée National des Beaux Arts
This museum is incredible! If you only want to visit one museum, definitely choose this one. An entire section of the museum is located in an ancient prison (it’s pretty impressive)! The two must-see exhibitions: Alfred Pellan and Jean-Paul Lemieux.
Roaming the streets
Québec is a really charming city, and you can enjoy yourself simply by roaming the streets (call on your inner flâneur/flâneuse). The food is great, the people are nice and you will have a blast! Vive le Québec!