Where to eat in Toulouse on Sundays and Mondays
Depending on where you are from, you may wonder why we need to compile a list of good places to eat in Toulouse on Sundays and Mondays.
Many businesses in France are closed one or two days per week to give their staff consistent days off and to create a better work-life balance. Also, payroll taxes are very high, meaning it’s expensive to employ a lot of people, so businesses try to make do with a more minimal level of staffing.
Sundays and/or Mondays are the most common days for restaurants to be closed. Unfortunately, for those of you who are in town to enjoy a long weekend, this means you may find it challenging to find good restaurants that are open on those days.
But we’re here to help! Join us as we select a few of our favorite places to eat in Toulouse on Sundays and Mondays. And while you’re with us, please have a browse our Food Tour in Toulouse – there’s no better way to get to know a city than through its food!
Sunday Brunch & Lunch Options in Toulouse
Restaurants at the Marché Victor Hugo
The Marché Victor Hugo is a must-visit destination for foodies in Toulouse. Not only can you find a wide variety of fresh, local ingredients to take home and cook with, but you can also enjoy a delicious meal at one of the market’s many restaurants.
If you have an opportunity to have lunch at the Marché Victor Hugo, Le Magret is a great choice for those looking for a farm-to-table experience, as they source all of their ingredients directly from the producers at the market each morning.
Au Bon Graillou is another fantastic option, known for its excellent quality grilled fish and meats.
And for those in the mood for something a bit more hearty, l’Imperiale serves up a delicious cassoulet, a traditional Toulousain dish made with beans, meat, and sausage.
Whether you’re in the mood for fish, meat, or a comforting bowl of stew, the restaurants at the Marché Victor Hugo have something for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re interested in exploring the delights of the Marché Victor Hugo in the company of a local cheese and wine expert, consider joining us for our Victor Hugo Market Tour.
Les 4 z’arts
Les 4 z’arts is known for its great location overlooking the Garonne river/Port de la Daurade. The restaurant serves fresh, seasonal cuisine built around the local ingredients and flavors of the region.
The service is friendly and attentive, and the decor is cute and eclectic. It’s a great spot to enjoy a nice meal while taking in the sights and sounds of Toulouse – a top choice for Sunday brunch/lunch.
Zaza Café is a popular choice for brunch and lunch due to its excellent prix-fix menu and its vegetarian and vegan-friendly options.
The café is known for its creative dishes, which are made with fresh and high-quality ingredients. The café has a relaxed and casual atmosphere, making it a great spot to enjoy a leisurely brunch with friends or family.
Additionally, Zaza Café does not require reservations – simply drop by and enjoy a meal on the spot.
La Fiancée is known for its delicious brunch offerings, its elegant, sophisticated atmosphere, friendly service, and being open 7 days a week!
The brunch menu at La Fiancée is extensive and offers a wide variety of options, including traditional French favorites as well as more modern, innovative dishes.
The cafe also has a selection of fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, and coffee drinks to pair with your brunch. One of the main draws of La Fiancée is its beautiful outdoor terrace, which is a great place to relax and enjoy a leisurely brunch on a sunny day.
If you want to be sure of a table on weekends, reservations are a must.
Sweet Home Café
Sweet Home Café in Toulouse is popular due to its reliably delicious food, cozy atmosphere, and friendly service.
The café offers a variety of brunch options, both prix-fix and à la carte, to cater to different tastes and dietary restrictions, including various vegetarian and vegan options. The café’s casual and welcoming atmosphere and rustic-chic decor create a warm and inviting ambiance.
Sweet Home Café doesn’t take reservations, so you may find a queue at the door – some things, though, are worth waiting for.
Sunday Dinner Options in Toulouse
Le Bon Vivre
Le Bon Vivre is a popular Toulouse restaurant that is open seven days a week. Known for its warm and inviting atmosphere, Le Bon Vivre is a great choice for those wanting to enjoy timeless, trusty French flavors.
The menu features a variety of classic dishes made with the freshest ingredients and prepared to perfection. The restaurant is particularly popular for its daily specials, which change regularly to reflect the season’s freshest produce. We also like that they have good options for vegetarian diners.
In addition to its delicious food, Le Bon Vivre is also known for its extensive wine list, which features various local and international wines to complement your meal.
The restaurant’s cozy and intimate setting makes it a great choice for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. Prices are reasonable for the quality dining experience you can expect to receive.
Another restaurant open every day of the week, Le Bibent is located in the heart of Toulouse and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for a romantic dinner or a casual meal with friends.
A fixture on the Place du Capitole since 1861, their gorgeous dining room is on the list of protected historic monuments in Toulouse, making it especially interesting for history buffs and those that love a good atmosphere.
The menu features a wide variety of traditional French dishes, such as escargots, foie gras, and steak frites, as well as a selection of regional specialties. Another thing we love about le Bibent is their Happy Hour, with half-priced cocktails from 5-7pm each day!
The extensive wine list has a great selection of local French wines. If you’re passionate about wine and want to explore Toulouse’s terrific wine scene, book a place on our Toulouse Wine Bar Tour.
L’Alimentation Bar à Vin
Dedicated to championing winegrowers and local food producers, L’Alimentation has been a staple of the Toulouse food scene since 2015. Situated in a central location on the Place de la Bourse, L’Alimentation offers a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
This wine bar is open 7 days a week (and every day of the year except Christmas!), so it’s a good option to bear in mind when it seems like everything else is closed.
If you’re impressed with the wine and food on offer, head to their shop, Le Foodstore, at 3 bis Rue Maurice Fonvieille. There you’ll find quality produce and an ample selection local wines to choose from.
Monday Brunch & Lunch Options in Toulouse
Campagne excels in providing a menu filled with seasonally-inspired, locally-sourced cuisine. They offer a 3-course lunch menu for only 18 € – easily one of the best lunch deals in Toulouse!
The restaurant also offers vegetarian-friendly dishes, making it a popular choice for those who are looking for lighter, healthy options.
Les Planeurs is located on Boulevard des Minimes and offers delicately balanced and flavorsome dishes. We like to call this one of our “hidden gems,” as you’d walk right past it without knowing it was there!
A Japanese chef and his wife run the restaurant, and the influence of Japanese culinary traditions can be found in the gorgeous seafood dishes on the menu at Les Planeurs and the precision with which each dish is presented.
The minimalist decor of the restaurant provides a calm atmosphere. This is an ideal choice for a relaxed lunch with friends. We especially love their shaded back terrace in the summertime.
Monday Dinner Options in Toulouse
Les Petits Crus
Les Petits Crus is a popular wine bar well regarded for its thoughtful wine and cheese pairings. The establishment features a wide variety of wines from local and international vineyards, and the staff is knowledgeable and able to help customers find the perfect pairing for their meal.
The atmosphere is cozy and intimate and the prices are reasonable, making it a great value choice for couples or groups of friends looking to dine out.
Often busy with local diners, Le J’Go is found opposite the Marché Victor Hugo and offers hearty, French comfort dishes, such as cassoulet, beef tartare, and foie gras using ingredients sourced directly from regional farms (check out the photos of their suppliers that grace the walls!).
The restaurant can get very busy, but there’s always a lively, welcoming atmosphere. This is a great medium-price choice for those looking for a place to eat out on a Monday evening – or any day of the week – in the center of Toulouse.
Well, that’s it for our suggestions on where to eat in Toulouse on Sundays and Mondays. Please contact us if you have questions about this blog or our Toulouse Gourmet Walking Tours.