If there was ever a city made for steamy encounters, it would look, feel and taste like Québec City. The joie de vivre of Europe is found across cobblestone streets, beneath the shadows of chateaux and along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Intimate French bistros beckon starstruck lovers, fairytale vistas inspire awe and your senses quicken within a sexy ambience that’s almost tangible.
Therefore, finding date night ideas here is as easy as going for a romantic stroll. Here’s where to find…
The Sexiest Places in Québec City
Stroll in Quartier Petit Champlain, Old Québec City
Baskets overflowing with flowers, cobbled streets and charming stone facades set hearts aflutter in Quartier Petit Champlain. The oldest commercial district in North America is a picturesque display of Québec’s European heritage, with bistros, art galleries and shops to explore. Make sure you climb the Escalier Casse-Cou up to Côte de la Montagne, to kiss on a backdrop of architectural magic.
Dine at Le Saint-Amour
Some might say grand romance starts with the taste buds and Le Saint-Amour is in the business of tantalising. Dine within the soft glow of lamplight, beneath hanging plants and a soaring ceiling, at this iconic restaurant. Chef, Jean-Luc Boulay, hails from France and his innovative cuisine is said to have graced the lips of Sting and Sir Paul McCartney. Local products blend to create sensual dishes like Pastry Chef’s Eric Lessard Fantasy, which is a delectable combination of strawberry soup and bavaroise cheesecake with herbs sorbet.
Charm with Chocolate
If you’re looking to impress someone with a sweet tooth, look no further than Erico – Creative Chocolate Shop and Chocolate Museum. You’ll get a sneak peek into the kitchen to watch chocolatiers in action and discover the history of chocolate, stretching back to the Mayan civilization. Back then, chocolate was considered a powerful aphrodisiac, so taste test your way through coffee, lime, hazelnut, liquor and honey-infused bites, before washing it down with a bowl – yes, an actual bowl – of frothy hot chocolate.
Seduce at Château Frontenac
Château Frontenac frames the skyline, perched high on a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. If the hotel’s famous walls could talk, they’d whisper secrets of royalty, celebrities and politicians. Staying here is a luxurious date night idea that fuels love with lavish decor, spa treatments and views to take your breath away. The 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar is the place to kick off your night, set as it is on the exact site Québec city was founded, with a glamorous statement chandelier and a circular bar serving global wines.
Picnic at Battlefields Park
If you’re looking for a ‘date night’ idea during daylight hours, pack some homemade cheeses, buttery croissants, fresh baguettes and champagne for a picnic surrounded by flowers and history, at Battlefields Park. Canada’s first national historic park is home to the Plains of Abraham – the site of the Battle of Québec in 1759 – and the dazzling Joan of Arc Garden. When it’s adventure that turns you on, you can hike to incredible viewpoints during summer and skate, ski or snowshoe during winter.
Tête-à-tête at Terrasse Dufferin
Blend intimate conversation with people-watching and evenings bathed in pretty lights, at Terrace Dufferin. The walkway extends from beneath the Chateau Frontenac along the St. Lawrence River. It’s dotted with historic cannons, on a backdrop of sweeping river views. The summer months are alive here, with entertainers, artists and street stalls for a fun vibe, while winter brings the traditional toboggan slide for views at serious speeds.
Love at Le Sacrilège
When you want a casual date night idea that lingers into the wee hours, Le Sacrilège enfolds couples in a glass-walled atrium and garden terrace, with microbrewery beers, art exhibitions and live performances. A rich interior, mosaic tables and church pew seats add a hint of quirkiness and comforting pub food keeps you going on to the next round of pints. Play a game of scrabble, canoodle in the corner or express your love through song at regular karaoke nights.
Now that you know where to find the sexiest places in Québec, all you need is a date.