If you need a pick-me-up, head to this gourmet cupcake-and-coffee shop with Wi-Fi and a choice of inside or street-side tables. The homage to pastel pastries is run by three crafty women who claim their traveling great-aunt discovered the Anglo-Saxon cupcake after her circus act won her an invitation to tea with Queen Elizabeth. Try the violette, black tea, and royal icing cupcake or the chocolate and hot red pepper with your espresso. Hot chocolate and fresh-squeezed seasonal juices are also available. Though old-school in style, this shop is au courant in that it uses no additives or preservatives and has gluten-free options. Best news: it's open on Sunday. You can also get these cakes at Slow Concept, a new art boutique and café on rue Saint Ursule (www.slowconcept.fr).
14 rue Temponières, Toulouse, 31000, France