I will be studying French in Quebec City this summer. Any tips of places that I should see? I am interested in the gastronomical and cultural scenes. Thank you.
Quebec City is so compact that you can see everything in the old fortified city in 3-4 full days, although you'll never run out of restaurants to try since there are so many fine ones (in the old city and outside). Since you will have 2 months, explore the local neighborhoods outside the old city as well. Also consider getting a rental car and doing day trips - Ille d'Orleans, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, driving up further north to towns along the St. Lawrence, etc. Also jump on the VIA train and spend some time in Montreal which is much, much bigger and has more attractions to see - you can easily spend a week or more there.
The travel resources on the web and in the Quebec tourist office are excellent, so you won't miss anything even if you do no prior research.
Thank you, Agnes! I'm looking forward to this study abroad and this experiences. I've never visited Quebec City, but different areas of France.
Poutine, crepes and smoked meats. And maple syrup straight from the farmer.
Poutine is life changing! It's sold everywhere but the best poutine is sold in roadside snack trucks that you'll see when driving around. Brush up on your French because the people who run those trucks don't typically speak English. I find the French in Quebec difficult - the accent is different and, in my experience, some people don't always respond well to "France" French.
The berries you will see at roadside stands and markets in the summer are amazing and cheap! You'll eat like a king.
Quebec City is one of my two favorite places I've ever been to. My wife and I go back every couple of years. It's hard to find a bad restaurant up there, but two of my favorites are L'Affaire Est Ketchup and Le Lapin Saute (reservations required for the first and strongly recommended for the second). Also, a must is to go the Marche du Vieux Port - it's a huge market, with baked items, cheeses, meats, charcuterie, fruits, veggies, all sorts of locally made products. It's massive, delicious, and often a great bargain. My favorite brewery in the city is La Barberie (a short walk from le Marche). A trip to le Marche to stack up on food and then heading to the brewery makes for a fun afternoon. La Ninkasi on Rue St. Jean is a good bar with a great happy hour most frequented by locals.
The Musee National des Beaux-Arts is very good, and we really enjoyed le Musee de la Civilisation. Walking the Plaines d'Abraham is beautiful. If you have a means to get out of the city, check out les Chutes-Montmorency (a large waterfall and park), and take a ride out on the Ile d'Orleans.
I'm sure I'm missing plenty, Quebec is truly a great city. Enjoy!
I would like to thank everyone for their comments and suggestions! This will help me plan my itinerary for when I'm not in class. I'm sorry that it took so long for me to reply.