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In order to say:

While hiking, we used to go to a little restaurant

Would I say:

  1. En faisant des randonnées, nous allions à un petit restaurant
  2. Pendant que nous faisions des randonnées, nous allions à un petit restaurant
  3. Quand nous faisions des randonnées, nous allions à un petit restaurant

I'm not sure the correctness of any of those sentences however!

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3 is the best way to express that meaning, although "lorsque" is also an option.

en+participle usually imply a mean:

En faisant des randonnées, je me maintenais en forme. (By going hiking, I kept in shape.)

Il a résolu le problème en cognant. (He solved the issue by hitting.)

Il est passé en courant. (he ran past)

"Pendant" implies that something happens at the same time as something else, usually in a different place. This may be habitual or a single occurence.

Pendant que nous faisions des randonnées, nos ennemis complotaient contre nous. (While we hiked, our enemies plotted against us.)

Pendant que je dormais, on me cambriolait. (As I slept, someone was burglarizing my home.)

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Thanks for helping (plus explaining the other senetences too)! –  user3646 Mar 14 at 19:26

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