I know three words that, when used together in one sentence, instantly make you feel warm and cozy: winter, coffee, and books. Just imagine yourself sitting in a big chair with your legs up, a steaming cup of latte in one hand and a big never-ending novel in another. You have a beautiful picture in your mind? Now let’s look around and draw the rest of it: your chair is right in front a floor-to-ceiling window that faces one of the central streets of the town. Mind you, you are on the second floor, so when you look up from your book and dreamily stare into the window, you see people running home from work and snowflakes falling down.
This dream of a book-store-turned-coffee-shop can be found on Rue Saint-Jean in Quebec City. I walked past it several times not even paying attention to the old blue door before I hesitantly opened it and climbed up the squeaky steps of a steep staircase to the second floor. Bookshelves take up most of the space here with a few tables in between.
I spent a good hour sipping on my café au lait and browsing through pages of a book dedicated to nude art. Promise, it just happened to be on a shelf near me. Stop by this place to slow down the speed of your day and have a moment for yourself with a favorite novel.
Address: 565 rue St-Jean, Quebec, Quebec G1R 1P5
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tip: bring some cash, they don’t accept credit cards
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AUTHOR: YULIA DYUKOVA
Yulia is a Russian food and travel blogger who found home first in Sri Lanka for 3 years, then in Brazil for a year and is currently based in Austin, Texas. She is the kind of person who starts a research of the new country by googling “what to eat in…” instead of “what to visit in…” Yulia is a self-proclaimed “food nerd” who will spend hours reading on the origins of pecan pie before trying it and who doesn’t consider waiting in line of 50 people to get a cronut a waste of time. She finds it hard to keep her delicious findings to herself and that is the reason why this blog exists.