Summertime sees pop-up cafés, bars and restaurants spring up all over Toulouse. We have put together an overview of the best concepts and the top spots for fun in the sun!
Back for its third summer, Canaille Club is a concept that has been given a fresh twist every year. After previous incarnations treating the people of Toulouse to cuisine from top-notch chefs on a barge, then local producers in the courtyard of a building near the city law courts, this year’s edition puts the winegrowers of southern France in the spotlight. Though the formula has changed this year, the venue remains the same. Each week, a different winemaker will be given top billing and come to the club for a tasting evening. Amid fairy lights and bushy trees, customers can accompany their wine with light bites and delicious sharing platters in this perfect spot for stylish drinks and nibbles!
A fabulous cruise
Got your sea legs? Then head for the Samsara canal boat every Thursday from 8 p.m. for Les Fabuleuses Croisières, A three-hour cruise along the Canal du Midi, complete with great food and party atmosphere. Each week, a different DJ takes to the stage to transform the deck into a dancefloor. The music line-up is bang on trend, featuring the likes of Mme Gaultier, Gones The DJ and Matt Mendez. There is plenty of time to eat, drink and dance before the barge docks again just after midnight, though you might need to kneel down on occasion to avoid banging your head on a bridge or two on the way!
A musical garden
Every summer for the past three years, the Jardins de l’Olympe have been home to a pop-up lounge area with an outdoor bar where the people of Toulouse can enjoy a drink in the open air. With its sofas and coffee tables and relaxed but efficient service, the space attracts families out for dinner, but most of all local thirtysomethings meeting up for after-work drinks. Settle in and share a bottle or two of frozen Corsican rosé and a plate of delicious deli meats. Alternatively, order from the cocktail menu and sip on your chosen tipple while listening to the soothing sound of the wind whistling through the surrounding trees and the audacious but really rather good music. Every Sunday throughout the summer season, a collective called Les Robins des Bois lays on a high-quality programme of musical entertainment.
An electric island
Housed in an old electrical plant on the Ile de Ramier, a little island in the middle of the Garonne river, La Centrale is opening its doors for another summer. Share a glass of sangria and some Andalusian light bites while savouring the fresh air of the Garonne from the pop-up beach. Recycling and reuse are the watchwords here: tables that look like old paint pails, chairs made of scrap iron, an old train carriage transformed into a restaurant. Grab yourself a sun lounger, get yourself a drink, and enjoy!