On the trip to Quebec with my parents, we ate a lot of very nice meals – always one of travel’s chief joys. One of the most enjoyable meals was also the simplest. We had gone to admire the Marché du Vieux Port (marshay due vyuh por), the Old Port’s Market, but ended up staying for lunch.
The center of the market has a cafeteria – but it’s not just any cafeteria. The ingredients are sourced from the market stalls and the offerings all have a little twist of inventiveness. For example, the grilled cheese sandwich is made with smoked gouda. I had a guédille aux crevettes, a Québecois specialty, which is hotdog bun (mind you, a very yummy one) stuffed with shrimp.
There is plenty of seating inside the café as well as outside. Because we were there on a completely beautiful day, we opted for one of the picnic benches. The wooden outdoor terrace connects to a boardwalk that runs along the water. It’s a perfect spot for cyclists, of which there were many. If you are looking for a quick and delicious lunch in the heart of the rue Saint-Paul antiques district, I think you’ll really enjoy the cafeteria at the Marché du Vieux Port.