Saint-Cyprien, the village within the city

During your visit to Toulouse, be sure to discover the Saint-Cyprien district, which is a little less popular with tourists, but is nevertheless home to some wonderful nuggets. We love the atmosphere in Saint-Cyprien, a more authentic district full of charm.

Saint-Cyprien is just across the Pont-Neuf, on the Left Bank, between the Chapelle de la Grave and its famous dome, the Garonne and the Musée des Abattoirs. Follow the guide!

The Saint-Cyprien district, on the left bank, is dominated by the dome of La Grave.

The Saint-Cyprien district, on the left bank, is dominated by the dome of La Grave.

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Getting to the Saint-Cyprien district

The Saint-Cyprien district is located on the Left Bank in Toulouse. You can get there by metro, getting off at the Saint-Cyprien stop. But the best way to get there is on foot, crossing via the Pont Saint-Pierre or the Pont-Neuf, which, as its name suggests, is in fact the oldest bridge in the city. In our opinion, the Pont-Neuf is the most beautiful gateway to Saint-Cyprien, so you can enjoy the view over the Garonne and its two banks.

View of Pont Saint-Pierre and Saint-Cyprien, Left Bank

View of Pont Saint-Pierre and Saint-Cyprien, Left Bank

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What to see and do in Saint-Cyprien?

What we particularly like about Saint-Cyprien is its village spirit, its typical narrow streets, its large parks and its historic monuments! In this lively, cosmopolitan district, different communities share and live together in harmony.

After crossing the bridge, make your way to the Prairie des Filtres. This large, leafy park along the Garonne is a firm favourite with Toulousans. It's the ideal place to relax and enjoy the warm weather!

View of Pont-Neuf and Prairies des Filtres

View of Pont-Neuf and Prairies des Filtres

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It's impossible to visit Saint-Cyprien without passing by the Chapelle Saint-Joseph de la Grave and its famous dome. This monument steeped in history is a veritable emblem of Toulouse, and is also the most photographed building in the Pink City!

The Chapelle de La Grave - listed as a Historic Monument since 1978 - overlooks the hospital, whose 1,000-year history makes it a symbol of medicine in Toulouse and France. Here's a tip: for an unbeatable view of the dome (and a great photo), head for the Quai de l'Exil Républicain.

Dome of Chapelle Saint-Joseph de la Grave

Dome of Chapelle Saint-Joseph de la Grave

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Then continue your walk to the Abattoirs! Don't panic, it's not the real abattoirs, but the museum of contemporary art housed in the city's former abattoir buildings. From street art to pop art, from Picasso to Dado, from the United States to Colombia...

The museum pays tribute to modern contemporary artists. With over 3,000 square metres of exhibition space and beautiful brick architecture, it's a must-see in Toulouse's cultural life. You'll also find a bookshop, workshops, an auditorium and a restaurant.

Saint-Cyprien

Saint-Cyprien

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Now head for the pretty Place de l'Estrapade. This lively square is a perfect reflection of Toulouse's art de vivre, and a great place to take the pulse of Saint-Cyprien. Here, local shops rub shoulders with bars and restaurants in a warm, southern atmosphere! You can also enjoy a real hot chocolate at Cacao Fages, one of Toulouse's best chocolatiers.

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As well as all this, the district offers a host of other cultural activities. The Galerie du Château d'Eau is a magnificent tribute to photography. Theatre-lovers can also enjoy the programmes at the Théâtre Garonne and the Théâtre du Pont-Neuf.

Where to eat in Saint-Cyprien?

If you're looking for a good place to eat or have a drink, the Saint-Cyprien district has it all! If you're looking for a convivial spot, head for the Guinguette de Saint-Cyprien, on the banks of the Garonne. It's the ideal place to enjoy a snack and a drink while taking in the view and the sunshine!

View of Saint-Cyprien and the Ferris Wheel

View of Saint-Cyprien and the Ferris Wheel

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For tasty food in a relaxed atmosphere, head for the famous Bistro Régent, which has opened an address in the district. Simple, high-quality dishes and generous portions to keep you going before your day of sightseeing!

Finally, our favourite restaurant is Chez Loustic. Right in the heart of Saint-Cyprien, this small restaurant serves market cuisine using fresh seasonal produce. The dishes are tasty and the flavours refined. And all at very reasonable prices!

Where to stay in Saint-Cyprien?

To make the most of the atmosphere in the district, choose a hotel in Saint-Cyprien. Hôtel Gascogne is decorated in a modern, sober style. You will appreciate the touches of originality brought by the works of young artists in the comfortable rooms. The hotel also has a bar, room service and a luggage storage service.

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