It will not surprise any of you to hear that I really miss America. But what I perhaps miss the most is having food at odd times in the day, like having breakfast at 2 pm in the afternoon! For the French, this is a totally foreign concept to eat at odd times in the day (as remarked upon in another article) but I especially miss Brunch.
But the French are catching up! Some restaurants are embracing the concept of having breakfast at lunch, and some are even rivalling my favourite US brunch locations. And there is now a French website to help you find brunch locations in the Toulouse area. But for those who don’t like to make decisions or translate the French site, here are a handful of my personal favorite brunch locations.
1. The Classroom: There are only two choices on the Classroom’s vegetarian brunch menu; vegetarian or regular. But trust me, you don’t need any other options. This brunch offers a tapas style brunch served on personalized wooden platter and giving you a taste of everything you would want to satisfy your cravings and perhaps dull the aftermath of that hangover. A yummy scotch egg, goat cheese tart, sausage roll, sauteed mushrooms all form part of this delish brunch, complete with a bloody mary shot to wash it down and an expresso to prevent your food coma. The vegetarian option is equally delicious, and for 14 euros per person, it’s hard to beat. (Pictured above)
42 Rue Pargaminières, 31000 Toulouse. Open for brunch from 12 onwards, Saturday and Sunday.
2. The Dispensary Canteen: If you’re looking for little walk to earn a hearty brunch, the Dispensary has you covered. Located in a lovely area in St-Cyprien, the Dispensary offers the best full English breakfast in Toulouse – baked beans and all! For those looking for something sweeter, they also have french toast and sweet and savoury pancakes. And that’s just the food. The Dispensary is a deliberately quirky restaurant, paying homage to Star Wars memorabilia and all sorts of strange things to stare at while having a drink or bite to eat. Only downside is the staff; some can be exceptionally rude, but some are super nice! Best to book a table here in advance.
1 Rue Marthe Varsi, 31300 Toulouse. Open for brunch from 12-15h00, Saturday and Sunday.
3. Les Fils a Maman: This place is heaven for Nutella and those with a big sweet tooth. The brunch menu will certainly fix your sweet cravings, with excellent French Toast and Pancakes smothered with some Nutella and other sweet sides. A variation of the Full English breakfast is also available, in addition to some more creative brunch options, such as a breaded chicken burger, bacon, avocado, crispy onions and cajun sauce. with Some of you may know Les Fils a Maman, which is a small chain of restaurants available in France, Belgium and Hong Kong (random). Even better, a second location just opened up in Victor Hugo, making it twice as easy to score a table at this sought-after restaurant. Afraid of speaking French? You can make reservations online here.
1 Rue Pharaon/20 Place Victor Hugo, 31000 Toulouse Open Sundays from 12h00-14h30.
4. Le Bleu Canard: A little bit out of the city, but totally worth the drive. Le Bleu Canard is definitely on the high end of brunches, with a price point of about 29 euros per plate. The two options both start with a smoothie or fresh juice, a bread basket and some fresh jams. Then you get to choose between the vegetarian option or the burger, both varying depending on the season and products available. This is a really special and intimate place established in a small house, giving a real intimate feel, almost like a bed and breakfast. Because of this, it’s definitely worth calling to reserve a table.
Impasse des Hêtres, 31000 Toulouse. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11h30-15h00.
5. Le Maurice: Admittedly, this is the only place I haven’t eaten yet! But I am told by a reliable source that it’s a great place to grab a smaller brunch/breakfast in the iconic Place St-Georges.