Québec City at its Best
Keeping It Real in the Saint-Sauveur Neighbourhood
As a neighbourhood that prides itself on socioeconomic diversity, Saint‑Sauveur is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s got a heart as big as the park Durocher.
Like the neighbourhood itself, the restaurants in Saint-Sauveur are a kind of historical survey, from hip new eateries to old local favourites where everyone knows your name. Needing no introduction, Le Coin de la Patate has been part of the local poutine scene since forever. Déli Grec has some of the best gyros in town, Kyran-ô-Pizza is known for its all‑dressed, thick‑crust deliciousness, and bistro Le Fin Gourmet has sailed past every trend save one—local cuisine.
Walk along until you hit Patente et Machin, the bistro baby from the gang at L’Affaire est Ketchup that’s been garnering rave reviews. Patente et Machin has its own spin‑off, Le Kraken Cru, a micro‑sized oyster and raw bar. Sister restaurants abound in this part of town: Le Pied Bleu and Le Renard et la Chouette—a mini empire of charcuterie, boudin, good wine, and meals to share—are another great example. If you’re looking for a good pint, microbrewery Griendel has a fine selection. Grab the perfect pick‑me‑up at Ma Station Café, where the coffee has found its way into the soups and chili! Pick up a taste of the orient at Épicerie Lao-Indochine and La Montagne Dorée, and weigh in on the big Saint‑Sauveur debate: which grocery store has the best homemade Chinese spring rolls? Finally, don’t leave Saint‑Sauveur without paying homage to pie at Royaume de la tarte.
Saint‑Sauveur is full of shops dedicated to quality handmade objects. Ateliers de la Pente Douce freshens up old furniture and collects vintage objects of all kinds, including cameras, posters, postcards, liquor bottles, and wood crates. Bagages Et Cetera breathes new life into old luggage. The perfect shop for stylish travellers! Guys and gals can get their retro threads at Lucia F. and then stop by Salon La Chop for a nifty hairdo to complete the look. No retro shopping spree would be complete without a trip to Myco Anna, an ecochic clothing line that started in 1995.
If you’d like to try your hand at knitting, Cœur de Mailles is a soft, multicoloured cocoon of a yarn boutique and a great place to pick up supplies, tips, and take a knitting class. Ever heard of “Cœur de loup?” It’s a song by Philippe Lafontaine and a brand of feminine, comfortable clothes with just the right amount of retro designed by Nathalie Jourdain. We dare you to visit the shop without succumbing to its charms. A newcomer to Rue Saint‑Vallier Ouest, Zozo et Arty is full of colourful toys and accessories of all kinds. A fun, eco‑friendly way to treat the kids.
By Caroline Décoste