Head for the streets north and west of place St-Etienne for top high street names. You’ll find more boutiques in the rue Croix-Baragnon, rue des Arts, and rue St-Antoine de T (including The Kooples, originally from Toulouse). The newly renovated Reflets Compans (www.reflets-compans.com), to the north of the old town, offers mid-range high street brands. Antique lovers head for rue Fermat. More down-market antiques spread out each Saturday 6am to 1pm during the weekly flea market by the place Saint-Aubin. The Square Charles De Gaulle holds an organic market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and around Eglise St-Aubin on Sunday mornings. The three main covered markets, all filled with food stalls, restaurants, and cafes, are the 126-year old Les Carmes (pl. des Carmes), the large Victor Hugo (pl. Victor Hugo) with 100 stalls, and Saint-Cyprien at place Rouguet. They all have late night openings (check times with the Tourist Office). For superb chocolates and cakes, try Maison Pillon, 2 rue Ozenne, 2 rue d’Austerlitz, and 23 rue du Languedoc.

Violets grow in abundance in meadows near Toulouse. Two shops selling items like violet-scented perfume and patterned-violet clothes and accessories include Violettes & Pastels, 10 rue St-Pantaléon (tel. 05-61-22-14-22), and La Maison de la Violette, a boat on the Canal du Midi opposite 2 bd. Bonrepos (tel. 05-61-99-01-30). 

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