Welcome to Toulouse – laid-back, elegant and full of life. We were lucky enough to spend two nights in this charming city before heading north to Layrac. From our morning pastries to evening wine, here are my postcards from beautiful Toulouse.
Breakfast at Le Florida
Overlooking the grand Place du Capitole, Le Florida’s terrace is a popular breakfast haunt and the perfect place to while away your morning and write a few postcards. The regular ‘petit dejeuner’ includes a croissant, bread, butter and jams, as well as a coffee and orange juice, all for €6.60. Pictured is my beautiful LAMY safari all black Special Edition – I use the same model of pen at work and it’s a dream to write with. This limited-edition version is matte black and I love its sleek look.
Art deco splendour at Bibliothèque de Toulouse
Toulouse’s public library is a grand affair with large windows, stained glass and mosaic floors. While the outside is an art deco masterpiece in itself, make sure you pop inside to check out the breathtaking domed ceiling in the main reading room.
Breathtaking ceilings at Toulouse city hall
‘Magnifique’ is the only word I have to describe Toulouse’s city hall. Upon entering, a grand staircase leads you to a series of rooms where you’ll find opulence oozing out of every corner. Large windows flood the space with light, while the painted ceilings leave you completely awestruck. The best part? Entry to the city hall is completely free of charge.
Shop for secondhand books in Place du Capitole
Toulouse’s main square, Place du Capitole, plays hosts to a small market where you’ll find a handful of secondhand and vintage bookstalls. Granted, the majority of the literature is in French but it’s always fun to have a browse. We especially enjoy secondhand art books and there was a nice selection on offer (and it doesn’t matter if they’re in another language).
Wine at L’Alimentation
When in France! After a busy day of winding our way around the scenic streets of Toulouse, it was time for refreshment. L’Alimentation’s shaded terrace was just the spot to escape from the 35-degree heat and enjoy a crisp glass of white wine from the extensive list.
Dinner at Le Rond de Serviette
On the first evening of our stay, we crossed the River Garonne to dine at the cosy Le Rond de Serviette. Think chalkboard menus, wood-panelled walls and plenty of French charm. The menu is short and sweet, boasting a mix of seafood and meat dishes including cassoulet – a hearty local speciality made from beans, sausage and duck. The house speciality is foie gras (if you’re into that sort of thing).
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