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best souvenirs and gifts from toulouse

1. Violet-themed products

Toulouse is known as the “City of Violets,” so violet-themed items like candies, soaps, perfumes, and liqueurs are common souvenirs.

Mejores Souvenirs de Toulouse

2. Aerospace memorabilia

Toulouse is home to Airbus and the Cité de l’Espace (Space City), so souvenirs related to aviation and space exploration, like model airplanes or astronaut figurines, are popular choices.

3. Cassoulet

This hearty bean and meat stew is a specialty of the region and can be found in canned or vacuum-sealed form, making it a popular souvenir for food lovers. You could also learn the recipe!

4. Embroidery

Toulouse has a long tradition of embroidery, particularly with colorful floral designs. Handcrafted embroidery items like tablecloths, napkins, and handkerchiefs make for unique souvenirs.

5. Toulouse-Lautrec memorabilia

Toulouse is the birthplace of the famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Souvenirs featuring his artwork or related merchandise can be found in local shops.

6. Pastel products

Historically, Toulouse was a major center for the production of pastel dye made from the woad plant. Look for souvenirs like pastel-colored fabrics, clothing, or art prints.

Best Souvenirs from Toulouse

7. Local wines

The region around Toulouse produces excellent wines, particularly those from the nearby regions of Gaillac and Fronton. Bottles of wine or regional specialties like Armagnac can make great souvenirs for wine enthusiasts.

8. Capitole-themed items

The Capitole de Toulouse is an iconic building in the city center. Look for souvenirs featuring its distinctive architecture, such as postcards, magnets, or miniature replicas.

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9. Local cheeses

The Occitanie region, where Toulouse is located, produces a variety of delicious cheeses. Consider bringing back some local cheeses like Rocamadour, Roquefort, or Bleu des Causses as souvenirs.

10. Artisanal soaps

Toulouse has a tradition of soap-making, and you can find artisanal soaps crafted with natural ingredients and scents inspired by the region, such as lavender or rosemary.

11. Rugby merchandise

Rugby is a beloved sport in Toulouse, with the local team, Stade Toulousain, being one of the most successful in France. Look for jerseys, scarves, or other merchandise featuring the team’s colors and logo.

Best Souvenirs from Toulouse

12. Handcrafted pottery

Toulouse has a long history of pottery production, and you can find beautifully crafted ceramics in various styles and designs, from traditional to contemporary.

13. Local honey

The surrounding countryside of Toulouse is rich in flora, making it an ideal environment for beekeeping. Bring back some jars of locally produced honey as a sweet souvenir.

14. Quercy lamb

Toulouse is close to the Quercy region, known for its high-quality lamb. Look for specialties like cured lamb ham or sausages made from Quercy lamb.

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15. Lavender products

While Toulouse itself is known as the “City of Violets,” the surrounding region produces lavender. Consider purchasing lavender sachets, essential oils, or bath products as fragrant souvenirs.

16. Confit de canard (duck confit)

Another classic dish from the region, duck confit, is preserved duck cooked in its own fat. You can find jars of confit de canard or vacuum-sealed pouches, perfect for bringing home.

17.  Occitan language

Occitan is a historical language spoken in parts of southern France, including Toulouse. Look for books, CDs, or other items featuring Occitan language and culture as unique souvenirs.

18. Local markets

Visit one of Toulouse’s vibrant outdoor markets, such as Marché Victor Hugo or Marché des Carmes, and pick up regional delicacies like saucisson (dry sausage), olives, or artisanal cheeses as souvenirs.

19. Canal du Midi-inspired gifts

Toulouse is a gateway to the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look for souvenirs inspired by the canal, such as books, maps, or artwork celebrating its history and beauty.

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