Le Bar Tabac de Belfort is located at the corner of one of eight small streets leading into Place Belfort, Toulouse. There’s one other smoke filled wifi ‘net’ cafe – with no wifi – opposite. However, judging by the insides ‘the Belfort’ is the more senior quaffinfg off point on the place. It’s far from plush. Marble effect formica is the theme in a ‘is it genuine 50’s or 60’s decor I’m not quite sure’ kinda way. The cafe doubles up as a cigarette, snack, postcard and toy shop. The bar area serves pression (draught beer of the lager variety), vino, pastis etc.
As a non-smoker and a non-septegenarian I feel a bit out of place in the Belfort. A pack of Players, a cloth cap, a whippet and a copy of the Sporting Life would see me mingling in with the regular clientelle in no time. As it is, the Belfort does little to tempt me to hang around even with the TV news on in the corner. Alors, it’s a quick Karlsbrau and on with the afternoon.
Here’s a youtube panorama video of the not very pretty Place Belfort. Come 5pm the concrete square – which has a small market on Wednesday mornings – metamorphoses into a popular spot for alcoholics, dealers and ageing women with bleach blonde hair. Colourful. Here’s the hybrid map/satellite address.