Toulouse is one of France’s largest university and research regions. With 97 000 students, 40 faculties and higher education universities, it is reputed for its high level of academic research.

The population is young, dynamic, creative and has a long experience in international exchange. Capital of the Region Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse experiences the fastest growing economy of France.

Over the centuries, Toulouse has preserved its traditions and ‘art de vivre’. It has wisely adapted to the different historical and economical changes it has gone through.Over the centuries, Toulouse has preserved its traditions and unique lifestyle. Worldwide, the city is known for being ‘la Ville rose’ (the pink city; named after its distinctive construction with brick), for its famous violets, and being the home of the airplane giant Airbus.

The city of Toulouse of offers a diverse range of venues, attractions and experiences: from city centre joints to rural retreats. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, you will discover everything you ever want of a city, with a Provencal touch; cultural diversity, scintillating shopping, bubbling nightlife, great cuisine and rich heritage.

Review of Toulouse by area:

Area 1: Toulouse Centre


This is the City Hall of Toulouse in the square of Capitole.

This rich area of the city of Toulouse, since XII century, constitutes the historical and political center of the city.

The square of Capitole is where all important gatherings take place. Here is where you’ll find supporters celebrating a victory of their team the Stade Toulousain. The city hall of Toulouse, the theatre of capitol, and the Tourism office, are also located here. It is without a doubt, an ideal starting point to discover the city.

It is around Capitole square that you will find many terraces to enjoy a drink with friends, or simply read a book. North of the square, you will find by the rue du Taur, an ancient school transformed in cinematheque where you can assist to many festivals of cinema.

At the end of the street you can admire the basilica of Saint Sernin, avec its wonderful architectural details. Every Sunday, in the square takes place the flea market .On the opposite direction, you can take a glimpse of the renaissance architecture in one of Toulouse’s most commercial streets, the rue Saint Rome.



Area situated on the north west of Toulouse, between La Garonne and les Allées de Brienne, owes its name to the factories of wheat flour there installed before. The old manufacture of Tabaco also in this area by the sea, host nowadays one of the buildings of the faculties of Law of Toulouse.


By the other river of the canal of Midi, are the Allées de Barcelone, which is the starting point of the area Compans-Caffarelli. Situated beween the boulevard Lascrosses et le boulevard de de la Marquette , it owes its name to the generals of the French Revolution born in the region; Maximilien Caffarelli and Jean- Dominique Compans. On this area, mostly dominated by offices, you will find the Congress palace; Pierre Baudis, the Palais du Sport, the Economic School of Toulouse, Chambre des Metiers,and the headquarters of many important companies.

Les Chalets-Concorde

The area of Chalets-Concorde starts with the boulevard of Strasbourg and finishes north the canal of Midi, between the avenue Honoré Serres and the street of Matabiau. All the area is surrounded by beautiful bourgeois houses, on which one is home to the Institut Cervantes (cultural Spanish center). At the end of the XIX century, after the creation of the train station of Matabiau, the area has known quite a growth. Very near the fountain of Clémence isaure, you can find the street Concorde, which reassembles many charming stores and old coffee shops.

Saint Aubin

Saint Aubain is situated east from the historic center of Toulouse, between the streets Colombette and the imposing church of Saint Aubin. This little picturesque neighborhood conserves still today, its popular and charming identity. Every Sunday, around the church of the square of saint Aubin, takes place the food market named the same. It proposes all types of flowers, as well as many gastronomic products.

The School of ingeneering ENSEEIHT and the CPAM (Caisse Primaire Assurance Maladie) are two important buildings situated in the area. With many restaurants and bars, the street of Colombette is an animated street that hosts, every year during the month of October, a charming market with about 200 sellers coming from all over France.

Very near, you can also find the Théâtre de la Cité (one of the principal theatres of the city) and the Halle aux Grains (concert showroom specialized in classical music and spectacles).


Saint Etienne

A beautiful old neighborhood, caracterized by the classical architecture of the Toulouse of the XVII century (small streets, fortified houses, half timbered…). We can admire the majestic Cathedral of Saint Etienne, were there is irregularity in its lines, and dissymmetry even in the interior. There is a a garden surrounding the Cathedral, perfect to have a rest during a sunny afternoon. The square of Saint Etienne is home to the city’s oldest fountain; constructed in 1593 by Antoine Bachelier.

Behind the Cathedral, and at the end of the street Saint Anne, are some Roman ruins. Near is also the police station. The streets forming the area, are filled with luxury stores, antiquaries, and many tea and coffee rooms.

A littler further ahead, by the square the Carmes, and the street Filatiers, you will find many young and fun bars and restaurants to hang out.

Saint Cyprien

This neighborhood is situated along the left bank of the Garonne. In the past, this area was many times devastated by inundations. The borders of the canal keep the trace of these catastrophes. However its not until 1955 that a dike of protection was built.


The area of Saint Cyprien has fastly developed over the last years. It is well known by its cosmopolitan and popular way of life. The Hôtel-Dieu , the street of Republique, the market of the square Rouget and the museum of modern art of Abattoirs, give the area a nice, fun style. You can also find many shops, bars and restaurants specialized in exotic foods.

More to the south of the neighborhood, you will find the area of Croix de Pierre.

This area was very devastated by the explosion of the AZF factory on 2001. Since then it knows a dynamic reconstruction; like the project of Canceropole (the biggest research lab for the fight against cancer) or the Pierre Fabre laboratories.

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Other residential neighborhoods near the area:

• Route d’Espagne (next to the big shopping mall of Portet-sur-Garonne) 
• Fontaine Lestang-Bagatelle-Papus-Tabar-Bordeloungen 
• Fontaine Bayonne-Cartoucherie (where the big concert hall is;Zenith de Toulouse

Area 2: Toulouse East


Residential neighborhood, it begins at the arc Marengo, and ends at the Rosarie. You can reach most of it by metro line A.

By walking through this area, you can reach the Oberservatoire of Jolimont. It was constructed in 1841 by Frederic Petit. It is accessible to all. Astronomy lovers will be delighted by the many visits, classes, and conferences held.


At the arc of Marengo, is the regional delegation of the INA (Institut National de L’audiovisuel), the TLT (local television channel, and the Médiathèque.

The Médiathèque owes its name to the academic writer of Toulouse, Jose Cabanis. It was built by the architect Jean-Pierre Buffi. It includes an exposition hall, a theatre, and two large audtitoriums were many cultural programs are held.

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Côte Pavée

Bourgeois areas were you can find very beautiful typical houses of Toulouse. Other residential neighborhoods near the area:

• Bonnefoy-Rosarie-Gramont (Auchan Shopping mall-and metro terminal line A). 
• Soupetard-Bonhoure 
• L’Hers-La Terrasse 

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Area 3: Toulouse Southwest


An area mainly dominated by the presence of many university faculties specialized in diferrent domains such as medicine, spatial research, pharmacy. It’s the location of the Paul Sabatier University, the Insitut Supérieur de l’Areonautique, and the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire.

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Saint Michel

Residential neighborhood, very living and filled with many shops, restaurants, and pubs opened also on Sunday.


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Other residential neighborhoods near the area:

• Pont des Demoiselles 
• Sauzelong-Pech David- Pouvourville 
• Montaudran-La Terrasse 
• Empalot (Park of Expositions ) – Saint Agne 
• Le Busca

Area 4: Toulouse West


By this residential area is located the University of Mirail, specialized on letters and human sciences.

Today, it welcomes around 24 000 students.

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Other residential neighborhoods near the area:

• Arènes Romaines 
• Saint Martin du Touch 
• Lardene-Pradettes-Basso Cambo 
• Reynerie-Bellefontaine 
• Saint-Simon 
• Lafourguette

Cultural festivities and traditions:




Throughout the year, different cultural festivities and traditions are held in the city.

• Théâtre d’ Hiver: during the month of February for four days, many theatres spectacles are held through the city. 

• Le Printemps du Rire: it’s the festival not to miss! It takes place on March. 

• Le marathon des Mots: during the first week of June, international and national writers share with the public their love of words. 

• Les Siestes Electroniques: many free concerts are held at La Prairie des Filtres, many dedicated to new emergent music. Held on June. 

• Cinema en plein air: during the month of July La Cinematheque transforms 69 rue du Taur into an open air cinema. 

• Afrik’a Toulouse: during July, this festival dedicates to African culture. 

• Toulouse Plages: during the months of July and August, all citizens of Toulouse can go the beach! at the board of La Garonne. 

• Le Printemps de Septembre: beginning the last week end of September and lasting three weeks, is an entirely free festival dedicated to the contemporary scene. 

• Rio Loco : is music festival taking place during the month of June with the theme of an invited country. 

• Piano aux Jacobins: gives piano concerts in the church of Jacobins .It takes place during the month of September. 

• Toulouse les Orgues : is an international festival of the musical instrument organ. It is held during the month of October. 

• Le Grand Fénétra : is a popular dance and musical tradition held during the last week-end of June. 

• Les Rencontres du Cinéma Italien à Toulouse: during the month of April in the ABC cinema you have the perfect occasion admire Italian cinema. 

• Les Rencontres du Cinéma d'Amérique latine : held during two weeks on march, host Latin American cinema. 

• Cinespaña : hosts Spanish cinema during the month of October. 

• Marché de Noël: Held on December at Place de Capitole is the ultimate Christmas gathering. 

• Le fêtes de quartiers: (Neighborhood festivals) Most neighborhoods’ hold each year their own festivals.

Saint Cyprien

This neighborhood is situated along the left bank of the Garonne. In the past, this area was many times devastated by inundations. The borders of the canal keep the trace of these catastrophes. However its not until 1955 that a dike of protection was built.