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7 Mouth-Watering Pit Stops on Île d’Orléans

The Greater Québec City area has a storied culinary history—and Île d’Orléans is right at the centre of it! Take a gourmet tour of the island to discover breathtaking landscapes and meet big-hearted locals. You’ll enjoy craft beers, distinctly local wines, fresh homemade bread, and so much more as you nibble, sip, and sample your way around the island.

1 Cassis Monna & Filles

Discover the world of Québec blackcurrant products. Who knew this delicious little berry came in so may forms? Sample cassis liqueur, syrup, or honey. And a visit to the island isn’t complete without a stop at the boutique’s famous ice cream counter for a scoop of homemade blackcurrant sorbet. A real treat! Come for a picnic or sit on the terrace and take in the stunning view of the island’s bridge. Your whole family will love it—there’s even a foosball table to entertain the kids!

2 Microbrasserie de l’Île d’Orléans (Pub Le Mitan)

Pull up a chair at Pub Le Mitan, a local watering hole in Sainte-Famille overlooking the St. Lawrence River, and raise a glass to islanders past with a pint of Monseigneur D’Esgly, a stout made with roasted barley, Marie Barbier, a Belgian-inspired beer, or Richard dit Lecastor, a bitter IPA and refreshing new addition to the crew.

3 Boulangerie Blouin

Even though Boulangerie Blouin products are sold in grocery stores throughout the region, it’s worth stopping at the bakery to try products found in most Québec homes, including brioches, fruit slides, and the cheekily-named “pain fesse” (bum bread). All the bakery’s products are cooked in a vintage oven from the 50s.

4 La Ferme d’Oc and Roulotte du Coin

This stop is a duck and goose farm and a gourmet snack bar all rolled into one. You’ll spot Roulotte du Coin’s picnic tables and yellow umbrellas from the road. The snack bar only serves up local products, including delicacies like fries cooked in duck fat, a foie gras poutine, and homemade strawberry, mint, lavender, blackcurrant, and blueberry drinks. The most decadent thing on the menu by far is the Hamburger du coin created by chef Matthew Leblanc: 2 slices of black garlic marbled brioche, a duck and pork patty, black garlic mayonnaise, a slice of Le 1608 cheese from Laiterie Charlevoix, and a slice of semi-cooked foie gras from Ferme d’Oc, topped with sliced tomato and arugula. Open wide! If you’ve got room for dessert, try the snack bar’s mouthwatering black garlic gelato from Gelato Clara to finish off your gourmet tour of Île d’Orléans in style.

5 Les Fromages de l’Isle d’Orléans

Step into the 17th century in Sainte-Famille, the oldest parish on Île d’Orléans, and taste the first cheese made in North America. At the Fromages de l’Isle D’Orléans dairy farm, you’ll be greeted by employees wearing period costumes in a traditional setting. Depending on the season, you can try cheese curds, fresh faisselle cheese, a delectable grilling cheese called Paillasson de l’Isle, and Le Raffiné, a soft, washed-rind cheese sold exclusively on site. 

6 La Boulange

La Boulange is an artisanal bakery set in an ancestral home in the centre of Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans where you can buy bread, pastries, and other homemade products to take away or enjoy on the terrace overlooking the river. The homemade soups and baked beans are simply scrumptious! Be sure to try the Danishes made with seasonal strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and apples grown on the island. And at the back of the bakery you’ll find La Cabane, a tiny shop with gorgeous and colourful finds that showcase the talents of the island’s many local artisans.

7 Vignoble Sainte-Pétronille and Panache mobile

The Sainte-Pétronille vineyard isn’t just a pastoral paradise offering spectacular views of Île d’Orléans’ rolling green hills and neighbouring Montmorency Falls—it’s also the historic producer of Québec’s first white grape varietal, Vandal-Cliche. This wine’s aromas of pear, apple, and melon pair perfectly with the dishes at Panache Mobile, a gourmet food truck located on site. Stop by for a decadent lobster roll and a glass of Voile de la Mariée. Cheers!

 

About Allison Van Rassel

Journalist, columnist and blogger, Allison is passionate about Québec City’s culinary culture. Curious and aware of the latest culinary trends, Allison makes the region’s foodie culture shine bright.

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