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Le Train Bleu, a legendary restaurant steeped in history

From its construction to its recognition as a Historical Monument...
...Discover the history of Le Train Bleu!

It was in 1900 at the time of the Universal Exhibition that the station buffet, which later became Le Train Bleu, was built. Marius Toudoire, the famous architect behind the Gare de Lyon clock tower and façade, was entrusted with carrying out these works. The management of the railway company hoped to create an unmissable gourmet experience in a luxurious, modern and legendary setting.

The station buffet was unveiled in 1901 by the French President Emile Loubet and quickly attracted people from high society and artists.

In 1963, the buffet became “Le Train Bleu” as a tribute to the “Paris-Vintimille” line dating from 1868, the legendary train that served towns in the French Riviera along the Mediterranean coast.

In 1972, some of Le Train Bleu's halls were listed as historical monuments: the restaurant, the gold lounge and the Tunisian and Algerian lounges, as well as the passageways and their decor.

The establishment made a name for itself, as can be seen from the impressive list of celebrities who came flocking.

The restaurant has also served as a backdrop for numerous film scenes, including Nikita and Place Vendôme.

A unique atmosphere and interior

Visiting this magical place gives you the opportunity to experience the wonderful sensation of stepping inside a time machine and finding yourself in the Belle Epoque.

Here, you can kick back and relax before returning to everyday life. Give your taste buds a treat and feast your eyes on the 1900s interior worthy of a film set or a novel. Paintings, chandeliers, gilt, floors, panelling, leather banquettes and furniture literally transport you to another world where you can forget the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

Today, the reputation of this celebrated restaurant remains unchanged and you will be greeted by friendly and professional staff upon your arrival.

"Conveying these images to people makes them dream of another world. Le Train Bleu was like a doorway to the Mediterranean in Paris and trains on the platforms are like ships setting sail for exotic destinations." Jean-Marie Duthilleul, Architect