Toulouse has a number of delicious regional specialities on offer that you’re likely to find on many restaurant and café menus throughout the city. Saucisse de Toulouse is a dark, pepper and strong-flavoured sausage that you’re as likely to find cold on a charcuterie board as you are in a hot dish.
Cassoulet (a hearty stew of sausage, duck, herbs and white beans) is perhaps more of a winter warmer than something to munch on in the hot summer sunshine, but it’s a delicious option we’d heartily recommend anyway. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced bistro to try some local specialities, you can do a lot worse than Le Bon Vivre (place Wilson - www.lebonvivre.com). You’ll find foie gras and duck dishes aplenty of the menu. The narrow streets that thread their way between Place Esquirol and the Carmes market offer a variety of locations for lunch and dinner. Many establishments specialise in Gascon cuisine.
In terms of nightlife, as one of France’s largest university towns, the bar and club scene is consequently large and varied, catering to all tastes. The rue Pargaminières is known as the thirsty street (you can pick up a late night snack here) and the the rue des Blanchers has plenty of traditional restaurants to try – the Saint-Cyprien quarter is also a nice place to go for tapas and drinks.
For those looking for a quiet spot to try some of the local wine, L'Oenotilus (Boulevard Griffoul-Dorval) is a wine bar on a revamped barge, with a large terrace under the trees lining the Canal du Midi.
De Danu (rue du Pont Guilhemery) is Toulouse’s largest Irish bar, and a hub for sporting action whether with the round or oval ball. They offer pub grub as well as British and European beers on draught. For an alternative ‘home from home’ option, there’s always the Frog and Rosbif (rue de l’Industrie) which is a microbrewery as well as offering up reasonably priced burgers and pub snacks.