If you have ever gotten hungry while at an airport or a train station then you know how rare it is to find a decent meal. Here in the culinary capital, some of the city’s best chefs have kept travellers in mind and have opened some good spots to enjoy a sandwich on the go, for the train or to sit down and enjoy a real meal at the airport as opposed to making do with lounge food.
I love Paris
For connoisseurs of fine dining who will find it difficult leaving the culinary capital one last table is advised. If you are lucky enough to be flying out of Charles de Gaulle airport, and in particular from terminal 2, then you are in for a real treat. Talented French chef Guy Martin’s I Love Paris restaurant serves up elaborate contemporary French cuisine that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner before your flight. Reasonably priced, the menu features classics as well as more contemporary dishes. With a décor inspired by Palais Royal, where Martin’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Grand Véfour, is located, complete with arches and beautiful black and white photos of the famous Palais Royal garden, I Love Paris envelops you in what makes people fall in love with Paris. For passengers who are too pressed for time the restaurant boasts a champagne bar for a quick but enjoyable coupe and a take-away counter offers great sandwiches to grab for your trip. I Love Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 2E, Hall L , 01 74 25 03 04
French Toast & Co.
If you are catching a train out of Gare de Lyon make sure you stop at French Toast & Co. located in Hall 2 of the station, this sweet spot is devoted to making the best French breakfast specialty, French toast, served with lashings of salted caramel. 19 rue de Chalon (12th)
L’Etoile du Nord
In the heart of Gare du Nord this Thierry Marx establishment boasts a brasserie and a take-away counter. Dine in and enjoy foie gras and a charcuterie platter or grab a ham and cheese baguette for your train ride. 18 rue de Dunkerque (10th), 01 40 36 54 36
At Gare Saint Lazare is where you can eat at any time, day or night, at the Eric Fréchon bistro, Lazare. The chic bistro serves traditional dishes such as escargots and a hearty entrecote. And if you are feeling just a little bit peckish and need an afternoon snack you can indulge in a simple chocolate crepe with a cup of tea or a cheese platter with a glass of wine. Parvis de la Gare Saint-Lazare, Rue Intérieure (8th), 01 44 90 80 80
Le Train Bleu
If you're catching a train out of Gare de Lyon make sure you make time for lunch or dinner at the splendid Le Train Bleu. The magnificent Belle Epoque restaurant is nestled on the first floor of the train station and features 41 paintings depicting rail network sites and events that took place in 1900. Serving classic French fare, the restaurant offers an opulent experience that was once appreciated by Coco Chanel and Brigitte Bardot. Gare de Lyon, 1st floor, Place Louis Armand (12th), 01 43 43 09 06
Thierry Marx’s teppanyaki restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves steak and lobster for your dining pleasure before boarding your flight at the terminal of the Charles de Gaulle airport. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 1