Best restaurants in Toulouse

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    Michel Sarran

    For a no-expense-spared, food-as-art dining experience, Toulouse's double-Michelin-starred master chef Michel Sarran is your man. He's earned an international reputation for cuisine that takes its cue from the traditional flavours of France's southwest, then spins off in experimental directions. Needless to say, bookings are essential – especially since Michel doesn't open on weekends.

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    Marché Victor Hugo

    The beating heart of Toulouse’s food scene is this covered market, packed with local producers busily selling cheeses, fresh pasta, meats and takeaway nibbles from sushi to spicy curries. For a great-value local dining experience, join streams of hungry market-goers at one of the tiny restaurants on the 1st floor (arrive just before noon or prepare to fight for a table).

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    Flower's Café

    Beside a tinkling fountain, this busy cafe is a cake lover's dream – though deciding between glistening raspberry tarts, chocolate cakes or New York–style cheesecake is an exquisite nightmare. Arrive mid-morning for the best chance of grabbing a table. Lunch service is between noon and 2pm from Monday to Saturday only.

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    La Braisière

    This carnivorous bistro flame-grills beef to perfection, lavishing fine cuts of meat with sauces from green pepper to pungent Roquefort. Right in the middle of one of Toulouse’s most historic streets, its interior decorated with watercolours of Toulouse’s past, La Braisière exudes comfort and nostalgia. Come hungry.

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    Le Genty Magre

    Classic French cuisine is the order of the day here, but lauded chef Romain Brard has plenty of modern tricks up his sleeve, too. The dining room feels inviting, with brick walls, burnished wood and sultry lighting. It's arguably the best place in the city to try rich, traditional dishes, such as confit de canard (duck confit) or cassoulet (stew).

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    L'Oncle Pom

    Not your average restaurant, L'Oncle Pom is a fine choice. You choose a variety and a recipe of potato, then a side dish of meat, fish or vegetables. All ingredients are market fresh or locally sourced, and the vintage-chic decor is a treat. Desserts, including carrot cake and panna cotta, are to die for. Locals also rave about the Sunday brunch (€19).

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    La Faim des Haricots

    With confit duck and pâté featuring prominently on restaurant menus across Toulouse, this budget vegetarian canteen provides a much-needed palate cleanser. Faim des Haricots serves everything à volonté (all you can eat); simply choose whether you'd prefer to tuck into salads, quiches or the dish of the day.

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    Le Magret

    Fresh produce reigns supreme at this cheery lunch spot, one of several casual restaurants on the upper floor of Marché Victor Hugo. The menu wanders pleasingly beyond Toulouse favourites like duck and cassoulet, with beautifully seared red mullet and Serrano ham platters among its standout dishes.

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    Balthazar

    Ask for where's best for lunch and someone will point you in the direction of Balthazar. It's a modern take on an old-style bistro, with classic Gascon cuisine crafted only from seasonal, market-fresh and organic ingredients. Wooden furniture matches the honest food, and the wine list is great.

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    La Pente Douce

    La Pente Douce is always packed, generally with gourmet locals who love their food. Smiling chefs in the open kitchen mesmerise with superb dishes like tender veal, Bigorre pork or cod. Presentation is impeccable, the service efficient and the decor playful. Reservations essential.

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    Le J'Go

    This much-loved Toulouse favourite won't disappoint. Its delicious menus are designed around what's in season and all ingredients are supplied by small producers. Meats are cooked to perfection and vegetables are flavoursome. Save room for an delectable dessert.

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    Solides

    Ex-contestant on French Masterchef Simon Carlier continues to woo foodies in his convivial bistro with inventive dishes made from local ingredients. Tables here are red-hot, so book ahead.

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    Le Louchebem

    This market-hall lunch spot gets crowded with diners eager to sample Toulouse specialities, like cassoulet with duck confit, in an unfussy setting. Arrive before noon to get a table.

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    Restaurant Py-r

    Treat yourself to roasted monkfish in lemon sauce, duck with truffles and artistically presented desserts at this sumptuous restaurant crowned with a Michelin star. Reserve ahead.

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    Xavier

    Follow the tangy scent of ripe Brie into this exceptional cheese shop. Browse its good-value selection of goat cheese and bleu (blue cheese), among other varieties.

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    Au Poussin Bleu

    Succumb to sweet temptation at this cake and chocolate specialist, well known for the quality of its buttery frangipane tarts, preservative-free chocolates made on-site and melt-in-your-mouth macarons. Pillowy sugar buns start at €1.90; a slice of galette des rois, Toulouse's favourite tart, is €3 – and worth every cent.

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    Boulangerie St-Georges

    Something of a local legend in Toulouse, this bakery sells enough crumb-generating goodies to satisfy demanding patisserie connoisseurs. Pick up fresh croissants, sandwiches, fruit tarts or, when available, brioche à la violette, a pillowy sweetbread infused with violet essence.

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    Meet the Meat

    Opt for this carnivorous bistro if you're after expertly flamed steaks and whopping servings of roasted duck, best accompanied with rich gratin dauphinois (thinly sliced potatoes baked slowly with cream and melted cheese).

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    La Reine Margot

    This welcoming salon de thé specialises in fresh, healthy set lunches within a simple but cosy brick-walled space. The homemade cakes are a delight, and there are ample choices for vegetarians and gluten-free diners.

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    Solilesse

    Solilesse is noted for its creative, contemporary cuisine in a cool setting. The chef combines local ingredients with world spices to create appetising dishes, although some locals find the place a bit overrated.