Toulouse, or ‘the pink city’, as the French call it on account of its red brick buildings, is one of the most beautiful cities in the south-west of France. Whether you live there or you’re visiting you may want to treat yourself to a breakfast or brunch in one of the city’s many cafés or restaurants. Here are 10 of the best places to go for an early treat.
Le Sherpa is conveniently located in a street just off the main square and is one of the few cafés or tea shops in Toulouse that open on a Sunday. Everyone else knows this, so you might have to fight for a place. They have a varied selection of teas as well as home-made sweet and savory pancakes. The bathrooms are in a rustic little courtyard at the back which is quite typical of southern France.
Address and telephone number : 46 Rue du Taur, Toulouse,France, +33 561 23 89 29
Den refers to the English word meaning a cozy place where you feel safe and at ease, and Ðen is a Vietnamese alphabetical letter which also stands for black coffee. True to its name, the atmosphere in this café is warm and laid-back. The place is spacious and filled with light featuring a minimalist design, and local artists’ works are often exhibited on the walls. They do good coffees with various flavors and their cakes are covered with creative icing decorations.
Address and telephone number: St Georges city mall, 51 bis rue du Rempart St Étienne, Toulouse, France, +33 953 13 14 57
La Fiancée is easy to get to, being very close to Toulouse’s main square, la Capitole. They are popular for the weekend brunches which are extremely copious, so go with an empty stomach! Their brunches include a good mix of sweet and savory dishes and home-made cakes, and the options vary from week to week. You can also have breakfast here from Monday to Friday; they do good pancakes and coffee. The staff is friendly and the service is fast, so you won’t spend hours waiting for your order.
Address and telephone number : 54 rue Peyrolières, Toulouse, France, +33 983 46 70 56
If you’re looking for something rather British, check out Bapz. The spot is hidden in a little alley and walking through its doors is like walking into a different time and place. Bapz resembles a genteel British country house, with little embroidered armchairs and china service. Their home-made cakes and bread are incredible, and they offer over 40 different types of tea. They serve a brunch all week and they do a special Sunday brunch from October to March. Their brunch options include scrambled eggs, toasted sandwiches, fruit, scones, fruit juices and hot drinks.
Address and telephone number: 13 Rue de la bourse, Toulouse, France, +33 561 23 06 63
This four-star hotel is located next to the Japanese gardens. Its terrace overlooks a leafy park, which makes eating here more relaxing than sitting at terraces in the busy areas of Toulouse. They provide an unlimited weekend brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30 am to 2 pm, with a wide range of cakes, pastries, mixed savory salads, cheeses and fruits. If other brunch menus leave you feeling dissatisfied with the quantities you get for your money, this is place for you.
Address and telephone number: Boulevard Lascrosses, 8 Esplanade Compans Caffarelli, Toulouse, France, +33 561 11 09
This little café has earned quite a following. It is located in the city center, in a hidden square with a beautiful fountain. You can choose from their wide selection of cakes with many different flavors, such as marmalade and dark chocolate or white chocolate. They also do delicious smoothies and a traditional thick hot chocolate which you can combine with flavors like banana or orange blossom. Sit at their terrace in the summer or grab a hot chocolate or tea at their Christmas stall in the Capitole square in December; Flower’s café has something to offer all year round.
Address and telephone number: 6 Place Salengro, Toulouse, France, +33 534 44 93 66
The Moderni’thé is a successful mix of old and new. Situated in a typical Toulousain building made of red brick with a vaulted cave dining room, the café is up to date with the current trends and demands. They offer pastries, home-made bread, jam and cakes (with or without gluten), as well as organic coffee and fruit juice. They also do weekend brunch. You can find Le Moderni’thé near Toulouse’s famous Pont-Neuf bridge.
Address and telephone number: 2 Rue du Coq d’Inde, Toulouse, France, +33 561 25 10 06