Québec City is celebrating its 400th anniversary (though we dont think
it looks a day over 250). The city has aged perfectly, blending modern
conveniences with historical charm, making it the ideal destination for
a little summer getaway.
The former headquarters for the National Bank, Hotel
71 is a sophisticated, hip boutique hotel located in the Old Port.
Be sure to book one of its cool minimalist rooms offering eye-popping
views of the St-Lawrence River. 71 Saint-Pierre, 418-692-1171, www.hotel71.ca
The St-Roch district’s Hugo
Boss boutique, laid out over two gleaming floors, is the only store
in the country to carry the entire mens and womens lines. 505
Saint-Joseph East, 418-522-4444, www.hugoboss.com
Work up a healthy appetite before you sit down
for an evening meal at LUtopie.
The best way to enjoy the imaginative cuisine and standout wine
selection is to opt for the tasting menu ($130/person). The eight-course
service is culinary perfection. 226 Saint-Joseph East, 418-523-7878, www.restaurant-utopie.com
The winding streets of Old Quebec are one way to
bask in the citys European charm, but you can also get an eyeful at the Musée
National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Its summer exhibit, The
Louvre a Québec, features pieces borrowed from eight different sections
of the Paris museum. Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, (418) 643-2150, www.mnba.qc.ca