This charming little shop is dedicated to the art of tea. In a refined atmosphere, the owner offers, advises and encourages you to discover wonderful blends from China, Japan, India and South Africa. She also carries a few good coffee blends, specifically ground according to your type of coffee machine. The other goods offered have been carefully selected from small, specialized producers from all over France: jams sweetened with honey, caramels with Ile de Ré salt, calissons cakes and biscuits made from old recipes, re-editions of old porcelain sets, and, obviously, everything needed for making tea.
Right in the center of Toulouse, this skate/snow shop features street-wear from popular brands such as, Volcom, LRG, DVS, Burton and more. The shop also sells skateboard and snowboarding equipment including boards, footwear, snow jackets and pants, wheels, extra trucks and accessories. From time to time you can also find some autographed merchandise featuring stars of the skateboarding world.
The biggest covered market in Toulouse is located on the ground floor of a large 1970's building. With magret (duck breast) available at a fair price, it has the best poultry, meat and fish in town. There are also dairy products, greengrocers, cold meats, tripe, and bakery stalls, as well as a handful of small bars and florists. The produce is all top quality. On the first floor, tiny restaurants prepare food from the market produce; among these you will find the famous Atila, one of the best known in Toulouse. The five floors above contain a multi-storey car-park.
This shop sells a variety of items made from violets, the emblem of Toulouse. You will find violet sweets, liqueurs, tea, jams and perfume lining the shelves, as well as embroidered household linen and violet-decorated tea sets. The shop also has a line of house and bath accessories: potpourri, dried flowers, candles, oil lamps, incense and incense burners, soap and perfume. The friendly staff will make up baskets to order; filled with personal selections, that make great gifts for friends as well as acquaintances.
This little bookshop, with its discreet shop window, hides its light under a bushel. In fact it is one of the most important players in Toulouse's literary life with a choice of over 70,000 titles, including a full range of Human Science books. It is also a publisher: Editions Ombres brings out a monthly literary review and publishes novels, news, essays, theater and film scripts. It also holds regular lectures and readings. A second branch specializing in books on tourism can be found at 48, Rue Gambetta.
Masquerading as both a bookstore and a quiet café, Terra Nova invites an eclectic crowd. Visitors enter into a room with a large selection of internationally written and renowned books, and in continuing towards the rear and the children’s book section, they find themselves in a small café. Terra Nova’s café is well known for its world coffee and tea selection, excellent tartines, fruit and chocolate crumbles, and Algerian-style desserts such as baklava. Terra Nova also serves wine, beer, pressed fruit juices and artisan ice cream and lemonade. Though most of the literary offerings are in French, the café has something for everyone. With warmly colored walls and a peaceful ambiance, Terra Nova is the place to go to slip away from the busy streets of central Toulouse.
From a saddler to the designer of the century: In 1921 it was still written in the stars that Guccio Gucci would one day be considered one of the greatest fashion designers ever. Back then, the young saddler opened up his first shop in Florence. The first exclusive leather ware with bridle and stirrup design fired peoples enthusiasm and made the designer famous. The designer reached his climax in the 1950s and 1960s, when he clothed the style icons Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. But still today his label stands for pure luxury.
This is the ideal place to find all you need for martial arts and other combat sports. You can buy outfits such as an adult judo robe, shoes, punch bags, body-building equipment and weapons (kobudo, samurai, ninja, kung fu). There are also books and cassettes as well as personal safety devices such as aerosol sprays or truncheons. In addition, Fuji collaborates with a Saint-Cyprien society in organizing painting exhibitions.
Chez Diane may come across as just another thrift store on a busy street, but it does impress with its unique collection and attractive prices that lure in shoppers from far and wide. Called by many as a treasure trove of curiosities and exciting stuff, it stocks up some rare-to-find vintage outfits and accessories. Stop in for some trendy women's outfits and add-ons across popular brands sold at a considerably low price range.
From the doors of the Bacquié coffee shop (established in 1893), a delicious aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans pervades the Victor Hugo Square. Inside, you can taste before choosing from among eleven different blends, which include the famous Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and an excellent decaffeinated variety. The shop also offers a wide range of luxury groceries, wines and spirits. Next door is the Bacquié teashop with blends from all over the world, as well as jams and sweets.