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Restaurants in Toulouse

As a university town and a regional capital, Toulouse has a wide range of prices but quality remains high. Regional products are widespread, and there's an infusion of tastes from North Africa, as well as the almost inevitable arrival of American fast-food chains. Bear in mind that many restaurants in France are closed on Sundays and Mondays and that lunch is often only served between 1200 and 1330.

The Toulouse restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:

Expensive (over €65)

Moderate (€35 to €65)

Cheap (up to €35)

These Toulouse restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one with half a bottle of wine or equivalent (where available). They include the mandatory 15 per cent service charge that appears on all French bills.

Expensive

Le Bibent

Cuisine: French

Christian Constant's classy brasserie right on Place du Capitole has an interior that's as dazzling as the cooking. The ceiling is a riot of rococo frescoes and swirling gilt, while on the plate are succulent, slow-cooked beef cheeks, langoustine ravioli or a perfectly turned-out turbot.

Address: , 5 place du Capitole, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 34 30 18 37.
Website: http://www.maisonconstant.com

Les Jardins de l'Opera

Cuisine: French

Expertly executed dishes, professional service, an extensive wine list and a lovely courtyard setting right on the main square make this one of the best restaurants in Toulouse. Chef Stéphane Tournié dares to mix global influences with local, traditional dishes and has been rewarded with a Michelin star.

Address: , 1 place du Capitole, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 61 23 07 76.
Website: http://lesjardinsdelopera.com

Michel Sarran

Cuisine: French

At this two-Michelin-starred restaurant, dinner is supposed to be like eating at home. A rather grand home with an Italian terrace and a flamboyant menu, but Michel Sarran does provide an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. Local delicacies such as foie gras, violet and lavender influence his exquisite menu.

Address: , 21 boulevard Armand Duportal, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 61 12 32 32.
Website: http://www.michel-sarran.com

Moderate

La Mare aux Canards

Cuisine: French

Canard (duck) features prominently in Toulouse, and La Mare aux Canards gives you the Toulousain dining experience with lashings of tradition. Its rustic décor adds a hearty atmosphere to local specialities such as cassoulet and foie gras, but the place made its name with its delicious magret de canard (duck breast).

Address: , 14 rue des Gestes, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 61 23 81 58.
Website: http://www.mare-aux-canards.com

Le Colombier

Cuisine: French

Cassoulet is the region's signature dish and, since 1874, Le Colombier has been the one of the best places to find it in Toulouse. This cosy brick-walled restaurant run by a charming husband-and-wife team specialises in this wonderfully rich stew of Toulouse sausage, white haricot beans, goose confit and pork slices.

Address: , 14 rue Bayard, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 61 62 40 05.
Website: http://www.restaurant-lecolombier.com

Restaurant Emile

Cuisine: French

This cosy restaurant is in a prime spot in leafy Place Saint-George, which becomes colonised by tables in good weather. The cuisine is solidly south-west French, with plenty of duck, foie gras and excellent cassoulet. If you want something lighter, the creative fish and seafood dishes won't disappoint.

Address: , 13 place Saint-Georges, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 61 21 05 56.
Website: http://www.restaurant-emile.com

Cheap

Le Bistrot des Carmes

Cuisine: French

Nicely rustic and decorated with vintage French café paraphernalia, this jolly little bistro in the buzzing Quartier des Carmes keeps it simple but delivers on quality at a very good price. Portions are generous in everything from the huge salads to the large plates of grilled giant prawns flambéed in pastis.

Address: , 1 rue des Filatiers, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 62 17 70 14.

Le Louchebem

Cuisine: French

Upstairs at the superb Marché Victor Hugo is a row of great restaurants that serve food straight from the market. Lively Le Louchebem specialises in the fresh meat it picks up from its butchers down below. It's lunchtime only, and you can't make reservations; be prepared to be squeezed into long communal tables.

Address: , 3 place Victor Hugo, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 67 00 51 75.
Website: http://www.le-louchebem.com

L’Aubrac

Cuisine: French

If you've fallen in love with the regional cuisine, then head to L'Aubrac for an all-you-can-eat foie gras menu as well as all the classical dishes of Toulouse. The interior design is a bit of a hotchpotch, but that just adds to the quirky sense of occasion. Great value for money.

Address: , 7 bis rue de la Colombette, Toulouse,
Telephone: +33 5 61 62 98 08.
Website: http://www.restaurant-laubrac.fr

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Hôtel des Beaux Arts

For a room with an unforgettable view of Toulouse's Pont Neuf illuminated at night, try the Hôtel des Beaux Arts. The building itself has an 18th-century façade and a busy yet brilliant brasserie downstairs. Rooms somehow combine modern animal print cushions with a romantic charm from days gone by.

Le Grand Balcon Hôtel

There's a sense of fun in this 1930s hotel just off Place du Capitole. Fittingly, for a city associated with aerospace, the elegant rooms have a playful aviation theme to its stylish décor. They've even named a suite after one of its best-known guests: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviator and Little Prince author.

Hôtel de Brienne

Just a few minutes' walk from the tree-lined Canal de Brienne, this smart design hotel manages to mix sleek contemporary décor with a cosy ambience. The funky restaurant and bar lead on to an attractive garden terrace, and there's plenty of intriguing modern art dotted about the common areas.

Hôtel Héliot

Decorated in a style that perhaps your grandmother would choose, Hôtel Héliot is cosy and comfortable. It's close to the main train station and the Jean Jaurès metro, and even though it's not on the doorstep of Place du Capitole, it's perfectly straightforward to walk there from here.

Hôtel Royal Wilson

Clean and simple, Hôtel Royal Wilson is within walking distance of Toulouse's city centre. With wrought-iron balconies, a Moroccan-style interior courtyard and a whitewashed interior, the décor might come as a pleasant surprise given the price tag. There's also a private garage and a secure lockup for bicycles.

Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra

Right in front of the spectacular Théâtre du Capitole, this luxury hotel is where celebrities stay when in Toulouse. Formerly a 17th-century convent, there's nothing austere about the place now. Each room is individually decorated in hues of deep yellow or red, but all offer old-world charm combined with modern amenities.