Learn a little Occitan
The cafébar “La Topina” is run by an Occitan association located in the courtyard of the Maison de l’Occitanie. I love going there to soak up the atmosphere there and speak a few words of Occitan over a drink. A la vòstra!
A locavore dinner in a Japanese tea shop
Le Solaneko is my go to Japanese eatery. It is a place where you will always greeted with a smile, no matter how crowded it gets. The menu offers local and seasonal products, cooked in a Japanese-style.
9 rue Réclusane
Taste the delicacy with a rich history
The 'fénétra' is a cake that is thought to date from the Roman Empire – It is an apricot and candied lemon tart, covered with macaroon pastry. Funnily enough, it was tourists who taught me about this delicacy!
Régals, 25 rue du Taur
Ordering a typical English dessert
Banoffee = sugar crust pastry + dulche de leche + whipped cream. This English dessert has become a locals' favourite !
Where to find it, Everywhere! You can't miss it!
Exploring the Toulouse of yesteryear, in a fast food joint…
Culture sometimes pops up where you least expect it! On every floor of this fast food joint, you can see large reproductions of images by Jean Dieuzaide, a Toulouse photographer and a contemporary of Doisneau.
10 place Esquirol. Free entrance...
Picnicking in the city centre
Prepare your basket and don't forget a blanket to lie down on the grass. The peaceful Embarthe gardens are the city's best kept secret, and an ideal place for picnics.
15 rue d’Embarthe
Ready for more?
- The Théâtre Garonne, where you can admire the Garonne river from the terrace as well as enjoying unique shows every night. Head to 1 avenue du Château d’eau.
- To scout out some local design objects, browse through the Böw Boutique at 33 rue des Couteliers
- On place du Capitole, a former bank has been transformed into a contemporary art centre. Free access.
- On Sunday, don't miss the market on place Saint-Aubin – especially the organic farmers to the right of the church.
Want to grab a drink after a day of sightseeing? Here's our insider's guide to the top bars in Toulouse!