Banoffee Pie | ©Mikael Wiman/Flickr
L’Autre Salon de Thé
Although this little Toulouse cafe has incredible coffee, L’Autre Salon de Thé is best known for their sublime desserts. Step into the modern cafe, adorned with lovely paintings, elegant mirrors on the wall, and an elaborate chandelier hanging from the ceiling, and underneath the window is a buffet-style spread of desserts. Grab a plate and fill it with peanut butter chocolate bars, pistachio tart with coconut and raspberries, cheesecake, banoffee pie, and more. In case you prefer to eat your dessert after a real meal, L’Autre Salon de Thé serves delicious dishes, such as quiche, burgers, and potato salad. The cafe is a popular spot for lunch during the workday, or brunch on the weekends. Keep an eye out for tea served in one-of-a-kind tea sets.
Finished Meal at Flower’s Café | ©Stéphane Goldstein/Flickr
Flower’s Café may be large in size, but it maintains the charm of a quaint, neighborhood cafe. The locale has three different dining spaces, each with their own ambiance. Sit at a table underneath an umbrella out on the spacious patio for some fresh air. Or, dine inside on the main floor and watch from the window as people pass by. Lastly, you can walk up the spiral staircase to the attic, a cozy space perfect for intimate conversation or quiet reading. Regardless of which you choose, all are comfortable areas to enjoy a sweet treat, spot of tea, or lunchtime meal. For starters, order a refreshing salad or bagel sandwich, made with fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, on the side, have an invigorating smoothie, iced tea, or espresso. Whether you want something to warm you up or cool you off, the cafe menu has just the thing. Finally, finish off your meal with a mouthwatering dessert. Flower’s serves everything from apple crumble and raspberry tarts, to rich chocolate cake and pecan pie.
Le Bibent | ©Pistolero31/Flickr
Located on the Place du Capitole, Le Bibent is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful restaurants in all of Toulouse. Similar to what you’d find in a museum, guests may dine underneath a gold-painted ceiling surrounded by first-class art. The space is covered with incredible paintings, gold accents, larger than life chandeliers, and more. Nestle into a cozy booth and order lamb, tomato bisque, shrimp cassolette or steak tartar. Though Le Bibent serves delicious gourmet entrees, it’s also a fantastic place to come for breakfast, dessert, or a simple cup of tea. The waffles with whipped cream and fresh berries, mille-feuille, and famous chocolate cake happen to be local favorites. The staff is friendly and courteous, and many are bilingual, speaking both French and English. Look out for patio seating and artisan craft cocktails served at the bar.
French Café | ©Gilles Klein/Flickr
Tucked away in a hidden square off the main street, La Préférence is a little eatery that takes pride in the small things, creating a one-of-a-kind, magical experience for all that visit. With everything from fresh fish to organic fruits and veggies, this charming treasure serves unique and creative meals, such as scallops, lobster tail, and hot chowder. Not only is the food delicious, but also it is beautifully presented. Every meal is either wrapped in large leaves, or adorned with fresh flowers, making it almost too pretty to eat. The chef will bring your meal out to you personally, and check on you occasionally to see how you’re enjoying it. While he’s in the back whipping up more dishes, the delightful staff will refresh your drinks and bring you dessert. La Préférence is perfect for an elegant evening out, but is also a great choice for a light coffee and dessert.
Tea | ©Jocelyn & Cathy/Flickr
Dip’s Tea Room
There are not many people who can walk by Dip’s Tea Room and resist going in. This charming Toulouse bistro serves breakfast, lunch, brunch, and desserts, and the menu changes daily, so stop by early on to guarantee that they haven’t run out of the specials. Try the fresh baked bread, croissants, and quiche, or order a large, fresh salad. The menu features various coffee dishes, but Dip’s is known as a tea-house. Order a fresh pot of tea for the table, served in beautiful china. The teapot, dainty cups, and paired plates are found in vintage shops and are all one-of-a-kind. Dip’s is the perfect place to hide away on a rainy afternoon, with your favorite sweet pastry and delicious tea.