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7 European Train Stations with Some Seriously Good Restaurants

by Aoife O’Riordan

Feb 14, 2024

Le Train Bleu © Rail Europe

Europe / Belgium

Could train stations be the new foodie destinations in Europe? They just might be. With train travel a growing trend, even stations climb aboard (figuratively) with good restaurants serving up tasty dishes and drinks. Where can you find some great eating options in Europe? These stations offer some top-notch dining experiences, all available through Rail Europe.

St. Pancras

Searcy’s Champagne Bar © Rail Europe

1e Klas, Centraal Station, Amsterdam

Take a gastronomic trip back in time at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station. First-class dining awaits at spots like Grand Café Restaurant on 1e Klas on Platform 2. This spot boasts an extensive menu with quick turnaround for those with a train to catch. Try some local cuisine at restaurants like Ossenworst or Apfelstrudel. You can also indulge in a cold brew or one of many beer options. While dining and relaxing, take in the 19th-century-style décor and furnishings honoring the day it first opened.

Champagne Bar and Grand Brasserie, St. Pancras International, London

Enjoy the convenience of a train station with a high-end feel at St. Pancras and Searcy’s Champagne Bar. Located on the upper concourse of the station, this establishment is the perfect way to both begin and end a long journey. Watch trains come and go while having some bubbles and assorted bites. After time spent here, head across the bar to St. Pancras Grand Brasserie, an elegant restaurant embracing the old-fashioned glamor of train travel. Here, you’ll find a traditional British menu and, if you happen to be here on Friday or Sunday evenings, some soul or jazz music.

Le Train Bleu

Le Train Bleu © Kovalenkov Petr | Dreamstime.com

Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, Paris

While the original Train Bleu finished its last journey in 2007, guests can still experience the legacy of Le Train Bleu with a unique dining experience at Gare de Lyon. Paying homage to overnight luxury express service, Le Train Bleu serves up some tasty dishes in an elegant space. Le Train Bleu offers both á la carte and tasting menus, as well as a traveler menu with guaranteed service within 45 minutes for travelers on a tight train schedule.

La Brasserie de la Gare Brussels Midi, Brussels

With a Michelin Guide stamp of approval, La Brasserie de la Gare is the place to go for classic Belgian cuisine. The restaurant acknowledges its location amidst the busy train station with old train lanterns and timetables. Look for the many paintings adorning the walls, too, all painted by Paul Vankueken, the restaurant owner’s father. For dishes, you can find everything from frites to shrimp croquettes to a wide variety of wines.

Barcelona Sants

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La Mundana, Estación Barcelona-Sants, Barcelona

A Bib Gourmand recipient in 2023, La Mundana draws influence from Spanish, Japanese, French and other European classics to create its delicious tapas menu. Expected elevated dishes with beautiful presentations, from Korean ribs to patatas bravas to prawn carpaccio to croquetas. 

All’Antico Vinaio, Stazione Centrale, Milan

Head to this restaurant to indulge in a double-decker Italian sub made with the freshest ingredients. All’Antico Vinaio offers made-to-order sandwiches on fresh schiacciata bread. One of the most popular sandwiches is the Favolosa, stacked with Sbriciolona salami, pecorino cheese, artichoke spread and spicy eggplants.

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Terminus Nord © Rail Europe

Terminus Nord, Gare de Nord, Paris

Dine like a true Parisian in this traditional brasserie. Menu items exude authenticity, with dishes like escargot, mussels and fries, coq au vin, and crème brûlée.

The Booking Office, St. Pancras International, London

Also in St. Pancras is The Book Office Bar and Restaurant, adjoining the restored St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Located in the historic former ticket office, guests dine among high ceilings and traditional décor while enjoying refreshing cocktails and classic London fare with Victorian roots. The eatery also offers an afternoon tea service.

 

 

 

 

 

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