Are you looking for a unique yet quintessential Parisian brasserie experience ? One that offers an exceptionally interesting atmosphere and fascinating history along with classic traditional French cuisine? If so, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy a meal at Le Train Bleu.
Le Train Bleu is located in the Gare de Lyon, yes, that’s right, a train station! But this magnificent, opulent train station restaurant is unlike any other in the world—and dining there is an unforgettable experience.
In 1900, Paris mounted an International Exposition, a “World’s Fair” for which several magnificent structures were built, structures that continue to delight with their exuberant, even over-the-top, turn-of-the-20th-century optimism and panache: the Grand and Petit Palais; the exquisitely beautiful Pont Alexandre III; and the Gare de Lyon.
The entrance to Le Train Bleu is inside the station, at the top of steps leading up and away from the hustle-bustle of the main quais. To enter this restaurant is to step back in time and into another world: the extravagant décor is breathtaking, the welcome respectful and dignified. Entering here you feel a natural inclination to speak in hushed tones, as if you were entering a sacred space. And yet the restaurant is filled with lively conversation, enjoyed at the lower decibel level the French are famous for.
The food is presented with impeccable artistry and every time I have been there, the service has been kind, solicitous, and highly professional. And the cuisine? In a word, exquisite.
Imagine being able to enjoy a meal in a space as elaborately decorated as the palace of Versailles, with its abundance of gilt decoration and painted ceilings. Imagine enjoying a classic French meal while looking out on Paris as the sun sets, massive windows open to the evening breeze, heavy red velvet curtains pulled back to reveal the view.
Well, you don’t have to imagine it and make sure you visit the unforgettable Le Train Bleu.