Take the most romantic city in the world and the most romantic way to travel, put the two together and you’ve got my attention. Paris was the original starting point for the legendary Orient Express service to Istanbul, so it’s no wonder this city still has a thing for trains. My adopted city’s choice of railway-themed restaurants, bars and entertainment hasn’t gone unnoticed over the years, so I’ve finally come up with a list of my favourites…
For the past two years, the Parisian hangout of the summer has been an abandoned train depot in the 18th arrondissement where you can play pétanque on the old train tracks by the veggie garden, see a concert in one of the abandoned warehouses, sip wine while thrift shopping and eat fresh pizza while watching a ping pong game under fairy lights.
This year organisers stepped it up a notch and convinced France’s national state-owned railway company SNCF to bring in a fleet of vintage trains for a five month-long exposition alongside the dining and entertainment.