Find a strong espresso at these Quebec City cafes

Coffee fanatics will tell you: to test the talent of a barista (or "master of the coffee machine"), nothing beats an espresso. So, prepare your small cups, because the following establishments will give you quite a caffeine boost!

Nektar Cafeologue

235, rue Saint-Joseph E, Québec, QC G1K 3B1

Leaders of the third wave movement, the folks at Le Nektar (St. Joseph Street and 3rd Avenue) are true coffee experts. Not only will they serve you a perfect espresso, but they’ll also share the basics of the art, so that you can make it at home.

Café Maelstrom

1
181 rue de Saint-Vallier E, Québec, QC G1K 3P2

Even though the opening of this location on Saint-Vallier Street East has caused a stir for its cold brew coffee, we must not neglect its excellent espresso and latte. The boho-chic decor adds charm to the place, which quickly becomes crowded with creative young hipster types.

Café Castelo Inc

2
1298, av Maguire, Québec, QC G1T 1Z3

This friendly Maguire Street cafe is the perfect place to slowly sip a quality espresso (especially the one roasted by Castelo), while reading the newspaper, for example, in the plush chairs, in a private, intimate setting. In season, you can enjoy the beautiful terrace, always with a cup in hand!

Cantook Micro-Torréfaction

3
575, rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P5

This micro coffee roaster, formerly known as the Brûlerie de Québec, works to make the origin of coffee known, similar to the way we discuss wine or chocolate. Seating is limited, but you can take your short espresso to go, and enjoy it while walking along rue Saint-Jean outside the walls.

Ma Station Café

4
161 rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec, QC G1K 1J9

This beautiful spot in Saint-Sauveur is a destination of choice for coffee enthusiasts. Good cups of barista micro-roasted coffees flow here all day long, and you can try a 100% cafe sweet and salty menu, including a giant waffle to share … or not.

Café Castelo Inc

5
807, av Cartier, Québec, QC G1R 2R8

One of the leaders of the Quebec caffeine scene, Café Castelo will celebrate 20 years of business on Cartier Avenue in 2016. This micro roaster offers blends taking inspiration from around the world, including Greek, Turkish, Italian and Swiss recipes, enough to travel through your cup.

Renard Et La Chouette

6
125, rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec, QC G1K 1J9

Located on Saint-Vallier Street West, the Pied Bleu team’s small cafe makes you want to linger there. The list of available coffees is short (no double caramel macchiato with whipped cream!), but the quality is top notch. The very short espresso is a perfect companion to sweet or savoury scones.

Brulerie Limoilou

7
501, 3E av, Québec, QC G1L 2W4

The Les Brûleries empire extends throughout the city (Saint-Roch, Old-Limoilou, Saint-Jean, Sainte-Foy, Vanier and Limoilou) and, at each location, you'll find the same quality in each cup. When the crema is very red, you know that it's done!

La Lièvre Et La Tortue

8
1200, 3E av, Québec, QC G1L 2X7

Although basically a tea room, this newcomer on 3rd Avenue in Limoilou also serves coffee. But not just any coffee – they bring in their beans from Cantook. You can savour it while knitting, with a scone, in its very cocoon-like atmosphere.

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