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Shopping guide

Toulouse is a city on a human scale, and the centre is easy and pleasant to explore by foot, bicycle or metro. its wide range of shops makes it an ideal place for a spot of window-shopping.

Fashion

Fashionistas take note: Toulouse, always at the cutting edge of fashion, is the birthplace of many famous brands such as The Kooples, Le Comptoir des Cotonniers, Marchand Drapier, 7Robes and Marc Deloche jewellery. It is also home to young designers of all kinds (fashion, design, craft...) who are rapidly making a name for themselves at markets and pop-up shops.

The major chain brands on Rues d’Alsace-Lorraine and Saint-Rome offer all the latest ready-to-wear creations, accessories and cosmetics.
Trainers, tee-shirts, caps... you can put the finishing touch to your urban look in the streetwear shops on Rues Cujas, des Filatiers and des Tourneurs.

For a more sophisticated wardrobe, head to Rues des Arts, Boulbonne and Croix-Baragnon, as well as Place Victor- Hugo or Place Saint-Georges where you’ll find creations by the greatest names in haute couture.
Vintage fans come from all over France to find the most beautiful pieces in the secondhand shops on Place de la Bourse, and Rues Cujas, Sainte-Ursule and Peyrolières.


Decoration

Many of the city’s antique dealers are located in the charming little streets in the Saint-Étienne Cathedral quarter. You can also buy second-hand furniture and objects at the monthly second-hand market on Allées François-Verdier.


Gastronomy

Discover armagnac and wines from the South West in the local wine bars and cellars; gourmet specialities such as cassoulet, foie gras or duck confit are on sale at the markets and many delicatessens in the city.


Pastel blue

Toulouse enjoyed its golden age during the Renaissance, when it became a major centre for the woad trade. The leaves of this plant were ground to produce a blue dye for textiles, known as pastel. Nowadays, woad is also used to make cosmetics due to the beneficial properties of its oil.


Toulouse violet

The violet is the emblematic flower of Toulouse. Its delicate scent is very popular with florists, perfume-makers and even confectioners, as crystallised violets can be eaten like a sweet.


Are you a rugby fan?

Children and grown-ups will love the shirts and rugby balls from the Stade Toulousain or Toulouse Olympique XIII.


The Tourist Office and museums of Toulouse

They also have their own shops, where you’re sure to find a special souvenir of your trip to the pink city.