Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Albi

Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

Lodged inside the Palais de la Berbie (built in the early Middle Ages for the town's archbishop), this wonderful museum offers an overview of Albi's most celebrated son. The museum owns more than 1000 original works…
Top Choice Church in Albi

Cathédrale Ste-Cécile

Resembling a castle more than a cathedral, this grand edifice in orange brick rises above Vieil Albi like an apparition. Its defensive walls hark back to the many religious wars that scarred medieval Albi. Begun in …
Modern French in Albi


This award-winning local restaurant serves French comfort food with a refreshing edge. Chicken tops pasta that zings with Parmesan and lemon, local pork comes bathed in a morel sauce, ceviche of local fish has a twi…
Bistro in Albi

La Table du Sommelier

It's in the name – this place is for wine lovers. Owner Daniel Pestre is an experienced sommelier, with an infectious passion for his local vintages: dinner menus are themed around wines. The outdoor patio shaded by…
French in Albi

Le Lautrec

Tucked into the back lanes of old Albi, this is the ideal spot to guzzle nourishing flavours of the Tarn region. Try smoky cassoulet or farçous (dumplings of pork, prunes and Armagnac) alongside platefuls of regiona…
Teahouse in Albi

Au Moulin à Café

This romantic tea place in a late-19th-century building is part salon de thé and part gift shop selling fancy tea wares. Infusions are served in pretty china; syrups and sweets are arranged as if on an alchemist’s s…
French in Albi

Le Papillon

Duck three ways and (of course) foie gras dominate a fowl-heavy and good-value menu, alongside regional favourite cassoulet and salads strewn with farmhouse cheese. There’s usually at least one veggie option. Check …
Museum in Albi

Musée de Lapérouse

This intriguing museum explores the adventures of Albi-born explorer Jean-François de Galaup (aka the Comte de Lapérouse), who made several pioneering naval expeditions around the Pacific between 1785 and 1788. Myst…
Market in Albi

Covered Market

Albi's triangular turn-of-the-century covered market is a delight, built by the celebrated architect Thierry Bourdois and engineer André Michelin between 1901 and 1905. Behind its steel-and-brick façade you'll find …
Music in Albi

Pause Guitare

Big names in pop, folk and classic rock form a rich line-up for this guitar-focused music festival each summer.