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Vue des toits de Toulouse, la Ville Rose

Tables with the best views in Toulouse

Looking for a restaurant that will blow your mind (but not just your mind)? Rooftops, sunny terraces, "guinguettes" or green spaces, here is our selection of gourmet restaurants with breathtaking views.

Vue sur Toulouse depuis la terrassse du restaurant Ma Biche sur le toit

Ma Biche sur le Toit

Perched on the top floor of the Galeries Lafayette shop, Ma Biche sur le Toit is a brasserie with a breathtaking view of the rooftops, brickwork, towers and monuments of the city centre. On the outdoor terrace, with a drink in hand as the sun sets, the atmosphere becomes unforgettable. At the table, Michel Sarran's menu focuses on fresh produce and a cuisine that blends French gastronomy with Asian flavours.

Ma Biche sur le Toit Restaurant

Restaurant Au Pois Gourmand

Au Pois Gourmand

Ugo Plazzotta has taken over the family restaurant and, in homage to the spring vegetable that lends its name to this eatery, he likes to offer his customers a refined and generous cuisine. The icing (or petit pois) on the cake is the restaurant's lovely and unique decor, whether you are seated inside the beautiful brick bourgeois building or on the terrace by the Garonne, surrounded by nature.

Au Pois Gourmand Restaurant

Restaurant La Table du belvédère

La Table du belvédère

The restaurant is located on the 8th floor of a tiered building built in the late 1960s. The terrace, which is open in summer, overlooks the stadium, the Garonne and its tree-lined banks, and touches the immensity of the Toulouse sky, with the Pyrenees Mountains looming on the horizon on clear days. A panorama that makes you (almost) forget about your meal. In the restaurant and bistro, Chef Gilbert Trantoul also hits the heights with his gastronomic dishes.

La Table du Belvédère Restaurant

La guinguette Chouchou en bord de Garonne

How would you like a view of the River Garonne?

The River Garonne is a wide and tempestuous waterway that flows through the very heart of the city. It really is the place to be: in summer numerous guinguette bistros are set not far from its banks and allow diners to soak up the sunshine and the views.

Before or after a show, to have a drink or share a few small plates prepared with fresh ingredients, go to the bistro located inside the Théâtre Garonne with its gentle views of the river, its banks and the Pont des Catalans bridge.

Not far from the centre of Toulouse is Le Clapotis, a restaurant where you can order fresh fish and seafood. Here at the water's edge you could almost be in the countryside.

Restaurant L'Écluse, guinguette en bord de Garonne

(Floating) Islands

L’île du Ramier est un ensemble d’îles au centre de deux bras de la Garonne et est situé en plein cœur de Toulouse. L’été, la guinguette L’Écluse installe tables et parasols à la pointe de l’île, sous la fraîcheur des arbres centenaires. Et toute l’année, l’Émulation nautique et le Rowing, restaurants aussi conviviaux que leurs clubs d’aviron et de tennis, proposent de déguster sur de grandes terrasses ombragées de bonnes pièces de viande ou de poisson grillées au feu de bois.

The île du Ramier is an ensemble of islands at the centre of two branches of the River Garonne in the very heart of Toulouse. In summer, the guinguette L’Écluse sets up tables and parasols at the tip of the island, under the cooling shade of the age-old trees. All year round, the Émulation Nautique and Le Rowing, restaurants that are just as convivial as their respective sailing and tennis clubs, offer their shaded terraces to those who want to sample fabulous meats and fish grilled over a wood fire.

The guinguettes

 

Le Capitole

Heritage takes centre stage

A well-placed table with a view of an emblematic monument offers the promise of wonder for the eyes and the taste buds. Le Grand Café Florida and Le Bibent are veritable institutions and both stand on the majestic Place du Capitole. You can sit down and admire this landmark square as you enjoy the great classics of local gastronomy.

Brasserie le Florida Restaurant le Bibent

Restaurant Le Moaï au Muséum de Toulouse

Quant à la basilique Saint-Sernin, elle sert de cadre à la charmante et discrète terrasse du Sept, le restaurant étoilé de Guillaume Momboisse. Il y a aussi L’Occitania, un bateau-restaurant qui navigue et multiplie les points de vue sur les belles eaux vertes du canal du Midi. Enfin, le Moaï et la Noria se prêtent agréablement à la pause sucrée ou salée, au cœur des espaces verts du Muséum et des jardins du Muséum.

As for Saint Sernin basilica, this is where the charming and discreet terrace of Le Sept, Guillaume Momboisse's Michelin Star restaurant, can be found. There’s also L’Occitania, a boat-restaurant that sails along the lovely green waters of the Canal du Midi providing a stunning array of different views. Finally, le Moaï and la Noria lend themselves beautifully to sweet or savoury delights at the heart of the green spaces of Le Muséum and the Jardins du Muséum.

Restaurant Sept L'Occitania Le Moaï La Noria

A tablecloth without the table?

Are you one of those people who love seeking out a patch of grass and an unobstructed view to lay down a tablecloth and have a picnic or to nibble on a tempting snack as you go on your merry way?

You don’t always need a table upon which to lay out a tablecloth. Toulouse has so many gardens and parks that provide unmissable views to enjoy whilst you picnic.

The parks and gardens

Le jardin Royal à Toulouse