The city has a flourishing culinary scene, from Michelin-starred establishments to tearooms. For atmospheric dining, head to half-timbered rue Perchepinte for a clutch of classy restaurants. Bd de Strasbourg, place Wilson and the western side of place du Capitole are one long cafe-terrace line-up (though quality varies). Hit rue Pargaminières for kebabs, burgers and other late-night student grub.

Lunch at the Market

A morning spent admiring fresh cheeses, fruits and jars of homemade cassoulet at Marché Victor Hugo certainly fires the appetite. Fortunately, the upper floor of this covered market houses a handful of lunch places that source their ingredients directly from the produce below. Expect simple, hearty Toulouse fare, from confit duck to beef tartare, served in a hectic setting where you brush elbows with other diners.

Le Louchebem is the top choice for filling Toulouse favourites like cassoulet, while Le Magret is admired for its expertly seared fish dishes and great-value menus. Arrive a few minutes before noon if you want to snag a table, as hungry Toulousiens descend en masse by 1pm.