Start your day like the locals, with freshly baked croissants and strong coffee in your hotel or at a nearby bar. At lunch and dinner linger over feasts of tasty Toulouse specialities like duck and game, washed down with regional wines. Decide between convivial cafe-bars serving simple inexpensive meals, classic family-run restaurants with satisfying set menus, or elegant gourmet restaurants there's a big choice throughout the Old Town and on the Left Bank.
Join Toulouse locals thronging attractive Old Town streets and squares for its huge choice of bars and restaurants. You'll find more eateries, including top-end Toulouse restaurants, in the riverside and Toulouse university areas. Toulouse restaurant menus include regional cassoulet (meaty bean stew), foie gras, Toulouse sausage and duck.
Opt for fixed-price set menus to make mealtimes more affordable at Toulouse restaurants. All prices include service, so you don't need to tip. You'll find most Toulouse restaurants open from 12pm-2pm and 7.30pm-9.30pm. To eat outside these hours, drop in to a brasserie - these appealing cafe-bars serve simple quick meals in a convivial bar atmosphere. Book ahead to be sure of a table at the best Toulouse restaurants.
From morning till night you'll find Toulouse bars open for coffees and a big choice of drinks all over town. In the Old Town, especially around place du Capitole and place Wilson, buzzing bars with outdoor tables are great for leisurely people-watching. Look in upscale hotels for smarter cocktail bars, often with a pianist. After dinner, head towards the university area and riverside streets for lively Toulouse bars with music and entertainment that goes on till late.