Le Train Bleu

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Le Train Bleu

 

This wonderful bustling restaurant located within the Parisian train station; Gare de Lyon is nothing short of spectacular.  Frescos, sculptures and banquette seating. Waiters marching by carrying trays laden with food, high above their shoulders.

Ascend the wide staircase located in the Main Hall Number One of Gare de Lyon train station.

Leaving the hustle & bustle of Gare de Lyon train station below.

Slip into the revolving doors and enter the majestic and vibrant atmosphere of Le Train Bleu.

 

Le Gare de Lyon

Large international train stations can be exciting and hectic.

People rushing to catch their train, travellers laden with backpacks or suitcases, business people on mobile phones, checking their schedule.

They can also attract the homeless and pick-pockets observing the newly arrived. All in all it can be fascinating and overwhelming.

So why do I recommend that you eat at a train station unless you were famished and had but no other option to grab something quickly before your departure?

This is why ….

Let me impart a little history to whet your appetite…

Pont Alexandre III & Grand Palais

 

THE UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION OF 1900 was a very exciting time for Paris.  For seven months the people of Paris showed off their city to the world. It was at this same time that Pont Alexandre III, The Grand Palais, The Petit Palais and Le Gare de Lyon were just a few of the now famous and iconic structures built in time for that expo.

The restaurant initially called “Buffet de la Gare de Lyon” was renamed “Le Train Bleu” in 1963 after the famous train of the same name.

le train bleu restaurant paris gare de lyon

 

Le Train Bleu offered luxury travel for the well heeled from Calais all the way through to the French Riviera stopping along the way at such places as Paris, Dijon, Lyon.

Most, would change trains at Paris.

Le Train Bleu was a chic and convenient place to take a rest, have something to eat and perhaps catch up with friends.

Some of the well known diners included, Coco Channel, Brigitte Bardot and Salvador Dali.

Many movies have been filmed here and Agatha Christie penned the novel; The Mystery of the Blue Train.

majestic train blue restaurant paris

 

THE MAJESTIC AND OPULENT INTERIOR, which recently underwent a major renovation and change of colour scheme from red to blue, sparkles with frescos decorating the ceilings and walls, polished parquetry flooring underfoot, sculptures adorning arches and doorways, banquette seating with brass trimmings, clocks, timber panelling, chandeliers and gold leaf is all, quite magnificent.

Laid out over an expansive space and divided up into a number of large adjoining dining rooms with a bar at its centre and a casual area further down the other end.

paris restaurants cafe bar le train bleu

Whether you have a fixed menu or a la carte in the main dining room, a burger and french fries in the casual area or a glass of wine in the bar section, whatever you choose, it is worth the visit.

gare de lyon bar le train bleu paris

 

 

Sit back and relax under the tremendous chandeliers, take in your majestic surroundings and capture a small glimpse of what it would have been like to travel in the early 1900’s with all the charm of a bygone era.

The opulent surroundings and entire experience of busy waiters scurrying about with trays laden with food or as I had witnessed, a precariously fully packed giant tray of wine glasses is all simply fabulous.

The food is promptly but not too quickly served, in case the diner needs to rush to their departing train. Coats and suitcases if you have them will be whisked away into a cloakroom. All executed with speed and panache.

bar cafe restaurant near gare de lyon paris

 

If you want to sit in the main dining room, the best deal is the fixed menu.

Mine consisted of an entrée of scrambled eggs with truffles and small toasts, roast lamb for the main and a giant profiterole to finish off.

However if you are looking for a cheaper option, the bar section serves the best toasted sandwiches I have ever had, washed down with a glass of rose I was equally satisfied.

If only to witness the pure theatrics of the place just have a drink with complimentary nibbles of nuts, garlic and olives.  You may very well end up sitting in Le Train Bleu as I did, with a grin from ear to ear.  Take a look at my short, albeit poorly shot video for a snippet of live action.

 

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Paris Adèle’s Information Nécessaire:

Le Train Bleu – Official website
1st Floor
Place Louis Armand
Gare de Lyon Train Station
75012 Paris
01 43 43 09 06
 
Nearest Metro:  Gare de Lyon
 
Entree:  € 19 – € 45
Main:    € 35 – € 46
Fixed Menus: € 49, € 65, € 105
 
Opening Times :
Monday – Sunday
Restaurant
Lunch:  11.30am – 3pm
Dinner: 7pm – 11.30pm
 
Bar
Monday – Saturday
7.30am – 11pm  
Sundays
9am – 11pm  

Official Website Gallery Photos 
 

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