Place du Capitole
The huge pedestrianized open space in the heart of Toulouse called Place du Capitole is the main city square.
The square is flanked by grand municipal buildings, including the long Neo-Classical facade of the city hall, or Capitole, built in the 1750s.
Along with administrative functions, the pink brick Capitole building also houses the Théâtre du Capitole opera house. There are 19th century paintings of the city’s famous citizens to browse in the Salle des Illustres.
On the square’s western side is a series of roofed arcades. Look up as you stroll to see the history of Toulouse represented on the ceiling panels, from prehistoric times through to today’s aeronautics industry.
Cafes cluster around the edge of the massive square, which hosts outdoor markets and is floodlit at night.
Place du Capitole is in the Old Quarter, served by the Capitole metro.