The top railway station restaurants via Rail Europe

It may surprise many travellers, but some of the top foodie experiences in Europe can be found at major train stations. Housed in stunning architecture, these railway station restaurants have upped their culinary game over the years to provide travellers with a scrumptious arrival and/or departure experience.

Here are the top eight railway station restaurants according to Rail Europe.

1e Klas, Centraal Station | Amsterdam

For an unbeatable first-class dining experience in Amsterdam, the Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas on Platform 2 of the Amsterdam Centraal Station offers an extensive menu with quick turnarounds. Delight in options from the general à la carte menu, croquett, bitterball tastin,g or high tea. Patrons will appreciate that the restaurant has preserved its original look and elegant style of the early 19th century.

Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon | Paris

Featured in numerous movies, including Nikita and Place Vendôme, Le Train Bleu is an ode to the original Train Bleu that once served towns along the French Riviera. With a delectable menu, decadent surroundings, and impressive halls, it comes as no surprise that many well-known and well-heeled dine here.  

Le Train Bleu

The Booking Office, St Pancras International | London

Another venue at St Pancras is the Booking Office Bar and Restaurant, which brilliantly captures the romance of the railways. Set in the historic former ticket office, its high ceilings make the building’s rich details more majestic. At the same time, its extensive cocktail menu celebrates and reimagines lost recipes from its Victorian past. Their popular afternoon tea service with a classic selection of teas, finger sandwiches, and decadent pastries is not to be missed.

Champagne Bar and Grand Brasserie, St Pancras International | London

The round-up of train station restaurants would only be complete with this effervescent venue. On the upper concourse of the station is Searcy’s Champagne Bar. It’s the perfect place for refreshments to start or end any train journey. Across from the champagne bar is the Grand Brasserie, an elegant eatery that merges the old-fashioned glamour of train travel with a modern British menu. Patrons are also treated to some jazz on Friday and Sunday evenings.

Searcy’s Champagne Bar

La Mundana, Estación Barcelona-Sants | Barcelona

A Bib Gourmand recipient in 2023, La Mundana serves up masterful takes on Spanish, Japanese, French and other European classics in tapa form. The surprise lies in the restaurant’s welcoming, or as their team describes it, “unpretentious,” fine dining experience. Patrons will enjoy elevated dishes that are artistically plated. With a reasonable price point and proximity to Barcelona’s Sants station, reservations are advised to avoid disappointment.

Terminus Nord, Gare de Nord | Paris

An authentic brasserie experience right next to the terminals offers an excellent option for travellers transiting in Paris before jumping onto their next train. Offering the taste of a traditional brasserie, i.e. the likes of escargot, mussels and fries, coq au vin and crème brûlée.

Terminus Nord, Paris

La Brasserie de la Gare Brussels Midi | Brussels

With the Michelin Guide’s stamp of approval, La Brasserie de la Gare pays homage to its prime location next to the bustling Midi station. It’s interiors feature old train lanterns, train timetables, and railway workers’ hats around the restaurant. The paintings adorning the walls, painted by Paul Vankueken, the restaurant owner’s father, add to the theme. Food served includes traditional Belgian classics such as shrimp croquettes, steak, and dame blanche.

All’Antico Vinaio: Stazione Centrale | Milan

For anyone who gets their foodie tips from TikTok, then All’Antico Vinaio comes highly rated. Videos of the owner passionately crafting double-decker Italian subs with the freshest ingredients have gone viral on social media. It’s caused quite a queue at this sandwich stop in Milan’s Stazione Centrale. Made using the freshest schiacciata bread, popular options include the ‘Favolosa’ sandwich. This sandwich is stacked with Sbriciolona salami, pecorino cheese, artichoke spread and spicy eggplants. 

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