One of the most beautiful cities of France, thanks in large part to the iconic pink bricks of its buildings that have earned it the name of La Ville Rose, is Toulouse. It is also a great place for brunch – here are our favorite picks.
Hidden down a side road, the little tearoom Bapz is a great way to transport yourself out of France for a moment and into a typical 20th-century English joint. With the homely, quaint decor and cute crockery, as well as the friendly atmosphere, Bapz is a lovely place for a quick refreshing tea and delicious cake, or a long and comforting brunch. Their brunch menus include a great selection of tea, eggs, fresh fruit juice and – not to be missed – fluffy, English scones. Make sure to watch out for their homemade hot chocolate.
For coffee and brunch lovers, La Fiancée is a kind of paradise. Its coffee is simply brilliant, rivaling American establishments, and their chai lattes are to die for, not to mention their inventive juices and milkshakes. To accompany this coffee, it is best advised to sample the generous weekend brunch menu consisting of several different courses. This includes dishes such as a soft-boiled egg, luxurious pork, brie and truffle burger, roasted pear, and a delectable brownie, all for a very reasonable price. Be warned: the stylishness of this establishment and friendliness of the staff will make it extremely difficult to leave.
True to its name, Le Moderni’thé, situated in the heart of Toulouse, is bright and modern and impresses visitors with its vast collection of tea. The lovely staff welcomes guests into the homely setting, which is perfect most times of the day. It offers a sumptuous, pastry breakfast and an extensive weekend brunch menu, including a good balance of sweet and savory as well as some vegetarian options.
Nestled just round the corner from the stunning Saint-Sernin basilica, Occi’Fast Good is a perfect cafe for a quick breakfast bite that certainly does not compromise on quality. With its quirky vintage vibe accompanied by regular local art exhibitions, it’s a wonderful way to sample the local produce in a fun, artistic environment. From its sumptuous bagels to very generous salads, this cafe is a great little breakfast gem.
Well-situated in the center of Toulouse, O Thé Divin is a tearoom that serves a great range of loose leaf teas in cutely decorated ceramic teapots, along with cakes and pastries. These include a moist carrot cake and a divine melt-in-your-mouth chocolate banana cake. They also provide a good deal of savory dishes, perfect for brunch, as well as lovely scones. It is especially worth visiting during the summer, in order to take advantage of their picturesque terrace.
The restaurant of the chic five-star Pullman hotel, SW Retaurant is a stylish way to spend a weekend morning with its contemporary, artistic interior. The generous brunch consists of an extensive buffet, including a wide range of pastries and different kinds of breads, accompanied by a number of jams, including apricot and peach. The sweet buffet also comprises English muffins, pancakes, brioche, and fruit salad. Meanwhile, the savory buffet has items all freshly sourced from the local Victor Hugo market, with enough cheese, salmon, eggs and meat to suit anyone’s preferences.
Take the 10-minute drive from the center of Toulouse to reach the idyllic brunch spot of the Bleu Canard. This gorgeous house and garden is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the relaxed style of the lovely house makes the brunch feel more as though patrons have been invited to a cozy family meal than to a restaurant. All dishes, jams, and juices are homemade and organic, and the set menus, one meat and one vegetarian, are extremely generous. Menu items include a delicious burger and scrambled eggs with truffle and hummus.
Situated just off the lovely little square Place Damloup, Le Péry is a warm and welcoming bar and restaurant that provides a great value Sunday brunch. It is especially notable for its enormous terrace, so large it’s almost a village square itself, shaded by beautiful plane trees and heated in the winter so it can be enjoyed all year round. Brunch consists of a number of sumptuous, traditional French sweet and savory dishes. These dishes include a choice of tartines and an unusual potato galette (a savory crêpe).
A hidden and unassuming little establishment, Le Beaucoup is worth finding. The intimate outdoor seating area is a great spot on sunny days, especially as it offers gorgeous views of the Garonne River. The brunch menu is extensive and tasty too, with a generous burger or cold dish, as well as homemade chips and ketchup. The dessert is no less delicious, including fantastic little pastries and pancakes.
Part of the fascinating contemporary art museum Les Abattoirs, L’Hémicycle offers a luxurious brunch with a regularly changing menu of great quality dishes, both meat and fish, all beautifully presented. This restaurant is bound to regale the senses through an explosion of flavors and the beauty of the food. The ambiance is also lovely, with its modern and quirky interior, while the patio offers a welcome spot of calm away from the busy streets beyond.