toulouse haunts

Back when I was still new to the city, I made a post about some of my favorite Toulouse cafes. Now that we’re approaching our 10-month mark, I’ve had the chance to discover even more favorites.


La Guinguette


Owned by the same lovely people who are in charge at Cafe Chouchou, this floating terrace juts out into the Garonne and serves food and drinks all day. The brightly colored furniture, friendly staff, and excellent food/cocktails will have you coming back all summer long.

Monday – Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm (just during summer!)


Bar du Matin


To put it simply, a picturesque French cafe. Classic brasserie tables and chairs are huddled on the corner patio and a small bar lies inside. I love to stop in for espresso while out running errands.

Monday – Saturday 8:00am-9:30pm (this is what Yelp says, but I think they open whenever the first barista arrives)


Fat Cat

Fancy cocktails in an art deco inspired lounge. They offer all of the classics, but have a rotating menu of meticulously crafted originals. It’s a great place to come before heading to your dinner reservation.

Monday – Sunday 7:00pm-2:00am



La Gouaille


This restaurant is as delicious as it is hard to pronounce (which sounds something like “goo-whyy”). They serve very traditional southern French food i.e. heavy on the meats and baked cheeses. The menu is handwritten on a chalkboard and the idea is to order the formule: appetizer, entree, dessert. On one lucky occasion, we were seated in the back room via walking through the kitchen. To top off your meal, complementary digestif shooters are offered as you leave.

Monday – Sunday 7:30pm-12:30am


Le Paradis du Fruit


Taking guests to see Place du Capitole is always on the list when friends visit. There are many restaurants that line the edges of the plaza and most are swanky and out of our budget. However, Le Paradis du Fruit is a nice middle ground. Their menu is light and fun: pressed juices, smoothies, soft serve, sandwiches, and interesting cocktails. And the people watching is superb.

Monday – Sunday 11:30am-11:30pm


El Chivito


The day I land in America, I will go straight to a Mexican restaurant to cure a serious craving that’s been building up. Until then, I have El Chivito. They serve Argentinian dishes in big portions. The narrow restaurant only has about 6 tables, so arrive early. We like to share the platter (pictured above) and a pitcher of sangria.

Also, there’s a great bar next door called Blind Tiger

  • Monday – Friday noon-2:30pm, 7:00pm-11:00pm
  • Saturday noon-midnight
  • Sunday noon-11:00pm


La Bonbonnière

I have it on good authority that this is one of the most beloved patisseries in Toulouse. They carry all the French classics like macarons, eclairs, tartlettes of all kinds, and mille-feuille.

Tuesday – Saturday 8:30am-7:30pm


La Braisière


We took my mom and Phil here when they visited and ate so much seafood! They specialize in grilled meats and oysters. It’s on the pricey side, but worth every euro. Call or email for reservations.

  • Monday – Saturday noon-2:30pm, 7:30-1:00am
  • Sunday 7:30pm-1:00am


Kiosque MIO


Quick, fresh, delicious Vietnamese. The little kiosk is situated under the trees between Allées François Verdier and Grand Rond. They have a nice variety of dishes, my favorite being the salade aux crevettes (above). Cash only.

Monday – Sunday 11:30am-10:00pm


Au Poêle de la bête

A wonderful brunch spot because of the calm sidewalk patio and the HUGE plates of food. All of this plus juice and espresso comes to €15.


  • Monday – Friday 7:00am-2:00am
  • Saturday 5:00pm-3:00am
  • Sunday 7:30am-3:00pm


Le Bistrot des Halles

Located in Place des Carmes, this tiny sidewalk restaurant serves up French and Spanish tapas with ingredients that come straight from the Carmes market they are attached to. The service and the people watching are nice accompaniments to the delicious food.

Hours are hard to find, but I think they usually follow the 7:00pm – 10ish rule.







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