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Toulouse’s Centre Ville, better known as The Pink City of southern France, offers locals and travelers alike a unique adventure each day. From exploring the Basilica of Saint Sernin to relaxing along the River Garonne, there’s oodles to see and do here. What’s more, the restaurants and eateries on offer are truly top-notch too!
Michel Sarran is one of Toulouse’s most popular restaurants, located right next to city center. Top chef Michel Sarran creates a comfortable atmosphere to make all patrons feel at home. The indoor garden adds to the beauty of this joint, and the extensive wine list completes the dining experience. The high-quality food combined with personable service keeps new and returning customers all raving about this perennial city favorites.
Opening hours: Mon to Tue 12-1.45pm/8-9.45pm, Wed 12-1.45pm, Thurs to Fri 12-1.45pm/8-9.45pm
Watch out for: The fantastic tasting menus
Address and telephone number:Michel Sarran, 21 Boulevard Armand Duportal, Toulouse, France, +33 5 61 12 32 32
For a taste of home cooking, La Roulotte offers a quiet cafe atmosphere in the bustling city. Its small menu of entrees, dishes and desserts changes weekly, featuring the likes of large salads of the moment, eggplant lasagne and tiramisu. Be sure to book ahead at this small cafe though, as it often fills up quickly. The Sunday brunch is also worth a special mention; unique each week and a fine start to the day!
Price: Mid-rangeOpening hours: Wed 7.30-10pm, Thur to Sun 12-2pm/ 7.30-10pmWatch out for: Sunday brunch special Address and telephone number: La Roulotte, 38 Rue Peyrolières, Toulouse, France, +33 5 62 89 43 01
Located in the historic heart of Toulouse, La Braisière has been offering simple yet gourmet local foods for over 40 years. Between beef and whole-roasted ducks, meat lovers can enjoy freshly grilled food almost any day of the week. Yes sir, La Braisière’s wood-fired grill, also known as “the roaster”, cooks up a real medley of things to get excited about!
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 12-2.30pm/6.30-1pm
Watch out for: Duck fat frites
Address and telephone number: La Braisière, 42 Rue Pharaon, Toulouse, France, +33 5 61 52 37 13
Not far from Les 4 Z’Arts lies La Cave au Cassoulet, featuring the famous southern French dish, cassoulet. Cassoulet is a slow-cooked casserole typically containing pork sausages, goose, duck or sometimes mutton, pork skins and white beans. The restaurant itself is dressed in European architecture and hidden down in the basement through a brick tunnel; rustic and cozy!
Opening hours: Wed to Thurs 8-10.45pm, Fri to Mon 12-3pm/8-10.45pm
Watch out for: Duck cassoulet
Address and telephone number: La Cave au Cassoulet, 54 Rue Peyrolières, Toulouse, France, +33 5 61 13 60 30
Near Jardin Pierre Goudouli, Le Bon Vivre looks to offer guests a slice of the good life with its earthy cuisine. For the past quarter of a century, Alain and Huguette Meliet have been creating dishes including duck, pig, fresh vegetables and tasty pastries here. They rightfully pride themselves on their nutritional dimension and specialized Huguette culinary knowledge. With the goal of bringing friends old and new together, Le Bon Vivre provides a full meal with a starter, main course and dessert on its set menu.
Opening Hours: Sun to Thurs 11.30am-2.45pm/6.45-11.30pm, Fri to Sat 11.45am-2.45pm/6.45pm-12.30am
Watch out for: The homey atmosphere and earthy foods
Address and telephone number: Le Bon Vivre, 15Bis Place du Président Thomas Wilson, Toulouse, France, +33 5 61 23 07 17
By Ashley Spotts