For a really exceptional visit, head to the Lagardère site, 10 km from Toulouse, and learn everything there is to know about how a plane is built, how a plane functions and how it is tested. Several tours are organised on different themes: discovery experience, panoramic visit and green tour.
Europe’s largest Romanesque church contains the tomb of Saint Sernin, a martyr and bishop who helped spread Christianity in Toulouse. Registered in the Unesco World Heritage, the St-Sernin Basilic is worth a visit and its impressive ceilings and marbles are the testimony of a long and prestigious past, marked by its major role for pilgrimage.
The convent of the Jacobins situated in the city center is composed of a church, a convent and a cloister. The church contains the body of its patron St. Thomas Aquinas since 1369. The building also hosts concerts and exhibitions regularly within its gorgeous walls and ceiling. If you have to visit one church in the whole city, let it be this one.
This public garden has abandoned its medicinal functions to become a popular family outing in Toulouse. It offers a breath of fresh air in the center of the city and a large range of sights and activities such as playgrounds, pounds with swans and ducks, a small coffee place, pony rides and beautiful bridges.
A fun day out for the family! Animaparc offers a large range of activities such as trampolines, water activities and amusement rides on a 14 ha park. It is an attraction for all ages but especially great for young children who will be able to discover over 150 animals and even dinosaur’s reproductions.
Former slaughter house turned museum of Contemporary Art, Les Abattoirs now host exhibitions, concerts and performances as well. Located by the river and sided by a garden, this impressive brick building is not to miss when visiting Toulouse. Its masterpiece is a Picasso from 1936.
Whether you decide to take a walk on the river banks or to book a cruise (which you can combine with lunch on-board!), the Garonne offers plenty of sights for a delightful afternoon or early evening. One company that offers cruising activities is Les Bateaux Toulousains and they have three boats located at: Quai de la Daurade, Port de l'Embouchure and Port Saint-Sauveur.
This water tower built thanks to donations of Capitoul Laganne, patron of Toulouse, is now home to photo exhibitions. It hosts pieces of art from masters such as Robert Doisneau but also a collection of modern and varied artists. A great cultural outing in a beautiful building.
The Niaux Cave, located in Arièges, is a good opportunity to spend and interesting and exciting day out of the city with your family. Take a guided tour or let your children partake in special activities, and appreciate the prehistorical paintings still remaining on the cave walls.
Only 15 minutes away from Toulouse, this nature park will rejoice families and groups of friends alike with activities such as climbing, jumping, playing, zip lining and a 20 ha paintball game field. Service is top notch, the environment pleasant and you can even enjoy free Wifi while taking a snack break.
A Zoo with an African safari theme, located close to Toulouse. It has a nice settings and the animals are in semi-freedom and often cohabited, so it feels very natural. The excursion will start with a two km drive with your car along the trail where you can observe animals like lions and ostriches and then continues on foot where you will meet 600 animals including farm animals.
This Bistrot is a fine classic where to enjoy French cuisine with no fuss and local specialties are offered on the menu such as Foie gras and cassoulets. Try out a French wine to accompanied your dinner and end the dining experience with a mouth-watering dessert like the violet cheese cake.
Nice restaurant for regional cuisine, offering delicious meals for a good price and in a cosy setting near the church of the Jacobins. Don't be discouraged by the modest entrance, the charm of this restaurant is in its brick made cellar. Making a reservation in advance in advised as the restaurant is quite popular and well located.
This two Michelin stars restaurant maintains its leader position on the Toulouse food scene. The main attraction of this eatery is the fantastic southern cuisine created by the hands of Michel Sarran one of the top chefs from Michelin’s culinary schools. The elegant setting and gourmet food make it a special night.
To taste a more modern and creative take on French cuisine while enjoying the beautiful views of the Basilique St- Sernin, pop in at this restaurant. You will enjoy tasty and good looking food cooked by a passionate chef. During summer months, the outdoor seating is the perfect spot to observe the activity of the city.
Two best friends created this modern restaurant with original offerings and a trendy atmosphere. Its personal touch is the possibility to try up to six different dishes in an individual menu. Perfect for those who can never decide what to pick! Think about booking in advance.
A pricey but acclaimed gourmet restaurant with a changing menu. The particularity of this restaurant is its kitchen, open to the dining room. You can therefore see the chef prepare the food and enjoy the choreography of the kitchen staff while savouring your beautiful and fine dish.
L'ouverture is a musical restaurant serving your taste buds and pleasing your ears. You can try the Sicilian specialities and fresh products of the day all the while listening to the passionate owner playing the guitar. To enjoy the cosiness of the place and the warmth of its people, don't forget to book and remember the restaurant is only open three days a week.
A delicious, affordable and colourful restaurant, don't miss it! This environment friendly restaurant offers organic and local products with a choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Customers are unanimous on the quality of the food and the products, and you can't go wrong with Roulez Papilles!
If you enjoy people watching, come and do it in the luxurious and slightly over-the-top surroundings at Le Bibent, where a collision of styles from the 1890's and the era of Art Deco is combined. With delicious salads and exquisite pastries and cakes on the menu this is a perfect spot for lunch or an afternoon coffee.
Decorated in vintage style with pink velvet armchairs and small cafe-tables, Perlette serves fresh salads, tasty sandwiches and delicious pastries. This refined and elegant tearoom also hosts baking classes where Chef Nicolas Buche will teach you how to bake French specialties such as macaroons.
A true party for tea addicts! You can also choose from a selection of homemade desserts and sweets. Special mentions to the Banoffee pie, the lemon pie and the Eugénie pie, which you should discover by yourself. If the hunger kicks in, don´t worry, Le Salon d'Eugénie offers several cooked dishes and snacks.
Cafe Den is a classic Coffee shop in the heart of downtown of Toulouse. A good choice if you are looking for a large variety of drinks. The menu even includes Bubble Tea! Try the American pastries such as the rainbow cake or if you are feeling hungry, have a sandwich or salad.
The ideal spot for a small break in the middle of a shopping afternoon. Ideally placed, this cupcake shop sells a wide variety of flavors, from the most expected and popular to the most original creations, all of which are done with quality and style. A simple but successful formula!
The aroma of quality home brewed coffee will welcome you as you enter Saveurs des Tropiques, but don't forget they also serve appetizing hot chocolate and original teas, as well as some food. For your sweet tooth order a "café gourmand", you will be served a coffee accompanied by several small delicacies.
This shop is so popular you might have to queue to get it, but be assured the hot chocolates, teas and pastries are well worth the wait. Or try out the sweet and salty tarts that are served in a French way or just have a healthy salad. If the weather permits, enjoy your drink and food on the lovely terrace while people watching.
This cute bike-pulled mobile cafe offers more than the fun experience of having your coffee in the street. With two very talented baristas and a dreamy menu (coffees, frappes, lattes of all sort, chocolates -all for which you can choose different milks), you will definitely be coming back for the quality.
Great choice when it comes to evening drinks in Toulouse, The Dispensary, a British inspired pub, entices with its ambiance, drink selection and food choices ranging from fish and chips to burgers. Quiz night every Tuesday and Brunch on Sundays. Happy Hour everyday between 7pm - 8pm.
The N°5 is THE wine bar in Toulouse, with over 16000 bottles and 2300 references. The manager used to be a oenology teacher and you should take advantage of his expertise in the area, he will be more than happy to advise you. You can also accompany your wine with typical French tapas.
This Cabaret opened 20 years ago has become an institution in Toulouse and offers all the classic entertainments of an old school French cabaret. If you like the glamorous and are not scared of the feathers, glitters and sequins, come for a fun or crazy evening. From Monday to Friday, make sure to book.
The Galeries Lafayette, France's most famous and prestigious department store, contains a large choice of brands in any kind of products, mainly clothing and cosmetics. Bonus in Toulouse, the top floor offers what is possibly the best view in the city. If you don't go there to shop, just run upstairs and observe the view.
If you want to shop responsibly, enter this fair-trade boutique. A variety of products that come from over 44 countries and the region around Toulouse, for decent prices but with the certainty that producers have been paid fairly. The staff - actually volunteers - is very friendly and helpful and will help you take your pick.
Highly unconventional and inspired by american pop-art galleries, NEXT never ceases to surprise and offers a great selection of French, Italian and American artists. It is a fine selection through which the owner will happily guide you. Follow your instincts or his advice, but either way your house will never look dull again.
The Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport is approximately 8km north-west of the city centre. Transports to and from the airport: An airport shuttle connects the Airport to the city in about 20 minutes depending on the traffic, everyday (except the 1st of May): -Airport > Toulouse : between 5:30am and 0:15am -Toulouse > Airport : between 5:00am and 9:20pm Tickets can be purchased at the bus station or in any TISSEO agency. Other buses: Number 30 : Fenouillet Centre Commercial - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport Number 88 : Grenade, Ondes, Merville, Seilh, Beauzelle, Blagnac, Toulouse. Tram: Line T2 - Airport Station every 15 minutes. Taxis are available at the ground floor of the airport and can be pre-ordered on this number : +33 5 61 30 02 54.
Toulouse has a strong network of buses, completed by two metro lines (A & B) and two trams (T1 & T2). Metros function until 12am from Sunday to Thursday and until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. All additional information can be found on the Tisseo Agency website. In the center however, you can easily walk from one point to another.