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J A Moisan Bed & Breakfast

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699 rue Saint-Jean
Quebec City, QC  G1R 1P7

(418) 522-2193

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4.5 star rating
June 18, 2012

A true food emporium -- there must be close to 30 olive oils to choose from, for instance, making this épicerie a special spot. For one thing, it's a step back in time, dating to 1871 (it claims to be the oldest grocery store in North America). As engagingly, it maintains an international selection of foods whose expanse is usually found only in shops 20 times its size.

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October 30, 2011

In business since 1871, this atmospheric, old-fashioned shop in an early-1800s building in the lower town claims to be the oldest grocery store in North America. The courteous, knowledgeable servers will be happy to answer your questions about the various delicacies on sale, such as Québecois cheese and pâté of Arctic caribou with mushrooms. Don't feel self-conscious about prolonged browsing:... more

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4.5 star rating
October 02, 2014

It's worth a trip to J.A. Moisan to take a step back in time. You'll have to imagine it a bit, as this is a busy, operating store, and not a museum. It's well kept, and offers a good variety of food stuffs. There are better places to get certain items (fromageries, etc.) but you won't de disappointed.
As to beer there are 6 cooler doors worth and 1 section with warm, larger bottles on 4... more

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4.5 star rating
July 06, 2014

This shop is well located in the middle of Quebec City near all the main attractions. This shop has better selection of speciality grocery products than it has of beers. Staffs are not really knowledgeable and you won’t find anything remotely out of the ordinary. I still think people should stop by for the general store and antique feel but not for the beer in particular.

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4.5 star rating
February 09, 2014

Oldest grocery store in North America- 'nuff said.

It is quaint, cute, and sells adorable knick knack things. Cheeses, mustard spreads, jelly/jam, wine/beer, chocolates, maple syrup, etc. Are things a tad bit overpriced?? Yes, but you are walking in a piece of history so buy 1 little thing just to say you did and keep it moving.

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4.5 star rating
September 16, 2013

It was like walking into a general store of days gone by, but with all the current goods we wanted!

We kept the cute deli guy occupied in ordering some vege pâté, spring rolls, vege pie, and spinach pie. He also gladly cut a baguette in half for us. All without a complaint.

They also had a good deal on beer, and a wide selection of Quebec brews. The service at checkout was friendly and... more

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4.5 star rating
August 15, 2013

Stopped here briefly on a visit to Quebec City after hearing many recommendations online to come here.
This is supposedly one of the oldest grocery/general stores in North America and it has that old school family business feel about it. On the right hand side of the shop you have a little cafe with a few tables( that were full when we were there) for enjoying a selection of food that they can... more

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4.5 star rating
June 09, 2013

It's expensive, but this is the kind of little, locally owned shop to buy your Quebec items if you're a tourist or some cheese & charcuterie if you're local. They've got a little of everything but the areas where J.A. Moisan excels are Quebec products such as local maple syrup, jams, beers, etc. They also have an extremely large selection of cured meats and many cheeses. You pay for the... more

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4.5 star rating
Over-Priced Compared to Nearby Stores
September 05, 2012

This store is a slice of history; but, I would not advise making maple sugar purchases here (you can do better at the Farmer's Market) and even an interesting salt I purchased was $2 more than at a shop down the street! Isles are narrow, so it can be crowded and the merchants didn't seem very welcoming at all. Seems... more

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4.5 star rating
Foodies Stop Here
August 28, 2012

This became our favorite stop for lunch or a snack, which usually consisted of a fresh baguette, cheese and a capuccino. A seating area provides a place to rest your feet and watch the people go by. Located just a few blocks from the walls of Vieux Quebec it's worth a visit and especially if you love gourmet food. .

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4.5 star rating
August 26, 2012

With our interest in finding local places selling local products we happened upon this gem. It's a gourmet grocery shop that opened in 1871.
Inside, it's a trip back in time like much in old Quebec City. It's charming and filled to the rafters with goods.

I loved the old world charm and the use of some vintage pieces that have been retained throughout the store.
I loved the old hardwood floors... more

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4.5 star rating
August 15, 2012

Overall Very good

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4.5 star rating
June 07, 2012

Before the advent of yelp one had to scour info from all sort of sources and find a gourmet shop in a somewhat less covered city like Quebec. However all my research led me this name again and again.
Boy I was excited when I walked in as the place is full of goodies. Cold cuts of meat, sausages, Foie Gras Items (I recommend the torchon from here).
This place's claim to fame is it is one of the... more

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4.5 star rating
June 04, 2012

If you enter through the left door you may ask yourself what the big deal is, the 'aha' moment is when you get to the other side.

A wonderful variety of the best gastronomic delights.

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4.5 star rating
May 11, 2012

I would compare this to the candy wonderland in Charlie and the chocolate factory but for grownups. It still retains the charm of the original general store. Sections to note... Chocolate lovers delight! There is probably every conceivable flavor of chocolate by many international brands available. Beer section is also quite extensive, and relatively well priced. Spices anyone? They have an... more

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4.5 star rating
April 15, 2012

Overall Excellent

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4.5 star rating
Perfect place to buy Maple products
April 10, 2012

Oldest grocery store in North America! The Inn we stayed at recommended we purchase our maple products here, and they were so right! We bought big bottles of maple syrup at a really decent price. Lots of local jams,maple products, wide selection of teas and cheeses, and general grocery items to choose from. It is a must, even if just... more

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4.5 star rating
April 03, 2012

Cheeses, sausages. Charcutries... Oh My!! J A Moisan is yet another staple of the St Jean Baptiste neighborhood of Quebec City. This European grocery store slash general store has an amazing selection of fresh vegetables, cheeses and a variety of other grocery items as well as specialty items.

They have a little cafe section where on can enjoy a coffee and a sandwich or pastry before or after... more

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4.5 star rating
Go for lunch or for a gourmet food gift
September 30, 2011

This shop is located on the popular Rue Saint-Jean, which caters to a mix of locals and tourists. Maison Jean-Alfred is located just a few blocks up the hill from the walls of Vieux Quebec and is within easy walking distance of the old quarter. It was founded in 1871 by J.A. Moisan as a grocery store specializing in fine... more

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4.5 star rating
September 24, 2011

Came here on a day trip to Quebec City.
This place is huge and packed with anything imaginable. A store that is part confectionery, part market and part general store. really felt like i was stepping back in time to an old timey store with wood everything everywhere. Soaps, teas and anything else you could want is here. I love the vibe.
But the beer? Good selection with all breweries... more

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4.5 star rating
September 02, 2011

My wife and I visited this place while visiting Quebec City. They have a large walk-in-refrigerator with plenty of Quebec beer to try. However, don't get too hung up it there, because just outside there is another wall of 341ml bottles too.
I was not impressed with the service, but the place was kind of busy when I was there, and so I did not ask for help.
The other nice feature was that it... more

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4.5 star rating
August 27, 2011

Really neat food store with a very small dining area. We stopped in for lunch and were impressed with the casual atmosphere, friendly service and fresh / unique menu. They didn't have menus, and limited lunch selections, but they were all really nice.

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4.5 star rating
August 08, 2011

My wife happened upon Epicerie J A Moisan while we were looking for a bite to eat on our last evening of vacation. This is an amazing little grocery, with amazing foodstuffs from floor to ceiling. Their prepared foods looked really mouthwatering, and their beer selection was excellent, if a bit expensive. I could spend hours here, and it made me wish we had this sort of store at home.

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4.5 star rating
July 27, 2011

A real treat to shop here. We bought Guiness cheddar and sausage aux poivres.

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4.5 star rating
May 15, 2011

We've tried several Epicerie (grocery stores) in the general vicinity of Haute Ville (upper town, a few blocks outside the walls). This is by far the best. Tremendous selection of fine culinary delights, with fresh vegetables, meats, bakery, canned and packaged food. A gourmet delight, with friendly, English speaking staff.

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4.5 star rating
March 06, 2011

A wonderful general store that sells a little bit of everything, ranging from mineral water to pasta to cheese.

They have a great selection of beer, offering a good deal when we were there on Unibroue beer.

Big selection of tea as well, including Yogi brand.

Saw some really cool stuff. Some things expensive, and some not pricey at all.

It was so fun looking at everything in here-could have... more

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4.5 star rating
July 14, 2010

Well, if there is a best beer store in Canada award it may go a grocery store... Of course I have to go to Polsons in Montreal :)
At first I was worried, I saw no beer save the walk-in cooler for 6's. After some searching (and seeing a fantastic array of cured meats, local cheese, terrines, etc... YUM) I found the beer. Singles of more beers than I have a ever heard of. They keep most stock... more

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4.5 star rating
February 14, 2010

Stopped here on my way out of town from Carnaval. Great store, I wish I had had more time to check it out. They don`t seem to speicialize in beer, or in anything for that matter. Lots of cheese, preserves, charcuterie, oils and vinnegars, etc. One of those kinds of places.
Compared to Peluso in Montreal for Quebecois beer selection...well, nothing really compares. They do have all the key... more

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4.5 star rating
January 20, 2010

Best latte, it comes in a giant bowl and made with care. Pastries are great too. We had problem adapting back to the pastries in our home town after these.

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4.5 star rating
June 29, 2008

Highly recommended bottle shop, not far outside the walls of Quebec City. The distance is easily walkable from the downtown, taking around 15 minutes maximum. I believe it is considered the oldest grocery store in North America, and has been open since 1878. Makes quite a destination even without the beer, because it has a great nostalgic feel, and lots of delicious food. Check out the tin... more

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French
4.5 star rating
September 04, 2009

Cette épicerie est magnifique ! Un vrai voyage historique dans un décor envoûtant ...... le temps de faire son épicerie, ou le temps d'une simple visite. Bref, c'est mon avis et je le partage !

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English
November 01, 2013

Epicerie J A Moisan offers these services: groceries, gourmet food.

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June 21, 2013

Epicerie J A Moisan offers these services: delicatessen, gourmet shop, grocers, grocerie store, gourmet food store, grocery store.

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October 07, 2010

Step into the Maison Jean-Alfred Moisan in Upper Town to find the oldest grocery store in North America. Old melodies, playing in the background, will take you back in time. The ancient interiors go back to the 18th century. Besides being a grocery store, it also functions as a museum, as an antique shop and even a wine and liquor store!

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January 18, 2010

Often touted as the first grocery store in North America, JA Moisin has been in business since 1871. The store feels somewhat like a museum, with retro trinkets and endearing kitsch scattered about, but that doesn't detract from the business at hand, which is selling food. Specialties include Québec cheeses, pates and charcuterie, making this the ideal place to shop for a picnic.

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