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 (Paris) clock tower and façade, was entrusted with carrying out this development. The management of the railway company hoped to create an unmissable gourmet experience in a luxurious, modern and legendary setting. The station buffet was officially opened in 1901 by the French President Émile Loubet and quickly attracted people from “high society” as well as leading artists.
In 1963, the buffet was given the name Le Train Bleu as a tribute to the “Paris-Vintimille”, the legendary train line, opened in1868, that served towns in the French Riviera along the Mediterranean coast.
In 1972, some of Le Train Bleu’s spectacular rooms were listed as historical monuments. These include the restaurant, the gold lounge and the Tunisian and Algerian lounges, as well as the passageways and their decor.
More recently, SSP worked with the two-Michelin-Star Chef Michel Rostang, to create a new menu for the restaurant. This menu takes its inspiration from the myth of the ‘buffet de gare’ – or ‘station buffet’ – to provide guests with French cuisine in its purest form using traditional techniques and local ingredients.