Is it difficult to travel when you’re vegan? It doesn’t have to be! I’ve been vegan for over 17 years and have travelled throughout the world while maintaining a vegan diet. On a recent trip to Québec, I found numerous options for vegan food in Québec City. Actually, there were more places that I wanted to check out then the amount of time I had. Take a look at my recommendations and feel free to leave a comment to let me know if there are others I should check out the next time I’m in the city.
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Wondering Where to Find the Best Vegan Food in Old Québec City?
If you’re out sightseeing in Old Québec, there are several options within walking distance of all the main sights.
Bols et Poké
My first time having a poké bowl was at Bols et Poké. Clearly marked on the menu, the Mahalo bowl is a solid vegan option. There are other vegetarian options, too.
Les Gourmandises Louca
This café (with rows of bulk dried goods and bulk cleaning products) is better than I imagined it could be based on my pre-trip research!
I loved the food, atmosphere, and prices here so much that I went back three times!
I had the “roulé coco-cacao” hazelnut rolls 3 times! I also tried the chocolate tart and also the chocolate croissant. All were incredible! I will have to come back again when I am next in Québec City!
I really love how this place promoted environmental sustainability with their reusable cloth napkins instead of paper ones, their bulk good for purchase, and their encouragement for customers to bring reusable containers for their take-away food.
Looking for other options for vegan food in Québec City?
If you’re planning on doing some mall shopping, there’s a Copper Branch location in Laurier Québec’s food court.
Another option is just across the water from Old Québec. Take a ferry across to Lévis and walk up a steep hill to enjoy a delicious meal at Le Soixante 5.
Le Soixante 5 restaurant had shut its doors and were closing up for the night, the chef and server starting to put chairs on top of tables just as my friends and I were trying to open the door. According to their website and door sign, they should have been open for another 45 minutes. We knocked politely, thinking our chances of getting served a meal here were slim. A kind woman inside opened the door for us and we asked if we could still order food. She said yes “if it’s a quick meal,” and allowed us to come in.
The service here was “above and beyond” —the woman not only served us amazing fresh vegan food, but she stood on the table in order to take the above photo of us! She asked us why we were in the Québec City (we were there for a travel blogging conference), and tried making conversation with us despite our lack of French-language skills.
I ordered the butternut squash risotto, which I’d never had before. It was creamy, well-cooked (Gordon Ramsey would be proud), and properly seasoned. I can never resist vegan dessert options, so I also ordered a slice of chocolate cake with local blueberries.
When possible, it’s always a good idea to try out the local cuisine. You may think that you’ll miss out on trying poutine in Québec City, since it is usually made with (beef) gravy and cheese curd. Well, don’t worry – there is a vegan poutine option available!
Before I left for my trip to Québec, I got a recommendation from one of my managers who is from Montréal. She said to check out Poutineville. This chain casual dining restaurant is popular for the late-night crowd who want to grab a bite to eat after the bar or while wandering around town.
While you can order poutine or other things from the menu directly (available in both English and French), it’s more fun to create your own custom poutine. The vegetarian and vegan options are clearly listed on the create your own menu:
While I enjoyed my poutine-in-Quebec experience, I have had better, more cheesy (read: melty) poutine elsewhere in Canada. I know! Yes, I did say it.
Here are a few other ideas on how to find vegan food in Québec City:
The Happy Cow website has a huge database of restaurants and shops listed throughout the world. You can select locations based on them being vegan, vegetarian, or friendly to either or both.
A quick search on the TripAdvisor website shows me restaurants in Québec City. If you go to the sidebar and click on dietary restrictions, you can choose either vegetarian or vegan food in Québec City depending on your needs.
Be sure to pin this image to come back to it for when you next travel to Québec City:
Besides eating, there are so many other things to do in Québec City.