10 Places to Eat & Shop in Québec City

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Believe it or not, I'm standing in front of a hardware store (okay, an antique hardware store)
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Old City, Québec
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Old City, Québec, as viewed from our hotel room at The Hilton
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Wearing: Calvin Klein Gladys boots, vintage lynx
Snow crunches under your boots. You feel the cold wind in your lungs, and turn your head to admire a group gathered around a firepit. They're warming their hands, drinking Sortilège and laughing. Children bundled in hats and mittens run past you, singing a french song about Bonhomme, the snowman mascot for Winter Carnaval. Long shadows of Le Château Frontenac fall around you, and lights begin to flicker on outside the shopfronts. You pass the local boulangerie, and the smell of buttery croissant and café au lait reminds you that it's time to eat. Pulling your scarf around your neck, you make your way to the local fromagerie to pick up some cheese and wine.

And you didn't even have to travel to Paris. 

The only North American walled city north of Mexico, Québec City feels like you are stepping across continents. Walkable and charming, with an innovative culinary scene and laid back vibe (hey, they even pronounce oui like a surfer dude says waaay), it's the perfect place for a weekend escape. Flight connections are easy from Boston Logan (The Air Canada gates have their own security checkpoint, which makes for much less waiting time) and the drive is just around 400 miles, so it's an easy journey from New England. Feeling the need for a little french? Read on for ten Québec City favorite places!