Le Train Bleu Paris the French Riviera Connection

Pleased to have a guest post on Perfectly Provence featuring Le Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, France. Inside the lavish and treasured Le Train Bleu you will find a quintessential French restaurant filled with 1900's art and frescoes. All capturing the essence of the South of France and beyond. Le Train Bleu is a romantic place for a Valentine's dinner or a perfect refined break.

During the height of the Jazz Age, the wealthy and affluent made the French Riviera their playground along resort towns on the Mediterranean coastline. Their sojourn would begin at Paris’s Gare de Lyon train station, where the luxury night train, Le Train Bleu, wound its way to the South of France. In peak season, Le Train Bleu would be making stops along the azure seascape of Saint-Raphael, Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, Cannes, Nice, and opulent Monte Carlo, before reaching the end of the line at Menton near the Italian Border. Le Train Bleu gained international fame as the preferred train of the monied and prominent, e.g. the Prince of Wales, Coco Chanel, Winston Churchill, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  

After 1938, Le Train Bleu was operated by the new French national railway company SNCF, turning it into an ordinary night express train, and in the 1980s the night trains were replaced by high-speed TGV trains, bringing an end to the slow and luxurious travel of the historical Le Train Bleu.

With the lavish and treasured Le Train Bleu travel coming to an end, the grand Le Train Bleu still lived on and forever immortalized. In 1963, the belle-époque restaurant at the Gare de Lyon station in Paris was renamed Le Train Bleu to honor the celebrated train and traditional way of travel to the legendary Cote d’Azur and beyond.

Moving forward to 2014, the quintessential interior of the Le Train Bleu restaurant, inside Gare de Lyon, was refurbished to its time-honored perfection, reestablishing its luster and patina once again. Modern, unobtrusive window treatments were installed so guests can gaze out onto Place Louis Armand or sit discreetly and reminisce about bygone times. The iconic cobalt blue color is sprinkled throughout the dining room and Big Ben bar area – with accents of brass, all mimicking the memory of the French luxury train’s cobalt color scheme.

The legendary Le Train Bleu logo above the arched windows now replicates the intricate scrollwork from the original radiator covers. Signature china plates reflect the new gold filigree logo, edged in blue, all setting the stage for a flawless romantic dinner.

It is a classical French restaurant accompanied by a fine 1900’s art museum, with the walls and ceiling portraying 41 European landscapes capturing the essence of the South of France in frescoes and paintings, all by prominent artists of the time - François Flameng, Henri Gervex, Gaston Casimir Saint-Pierre, and many others.

With the trimmings of crown mouldings, gold leaf gilding, and sparkling chandeliers, all retouched and harmonized, Le Train Bleu is a masterpiece just waiting to enchant the world’s travelers. Visitors from around the globe stop in this legendary restaurant to admire the splendor of a Grande Dame from long-gone times.

If you have an hour to spare between trains to the French Riviera and beyond, this is the perfect refined break for Belle Époque décor, ambiance, and historical art in a graceful and refined setting.  

1st floor, 
Gare de Lyon,  
Place Louis Armand, 
Paris, France 75012
+33 1 43 43 09 06

Paris Visitors Bureau

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