Station to Station: in search of the perfect railway cafe

Le train Bleu

Originally uploaded by surrealiste

Best TV doc in ages: Andrew Hussey’s France on a Plate (iPlayer link, get it while it’s hot). Worth it alone for discovering why Camembert is the cheese of the left (abundant, cheap and soft) and Gruyere is the cheese of the right (hard and expensive apparently) | Any documentary of French food makes you want to go and get some, I now want to visit Le Train Bleu, the rococo restaurant in Paris’ Gare De Lyon | Which got me thinking about great railway station cafes. | Helsinki’s marvelous station cafe is little celebrated | Kyoto’s rooftop gardens equally splendid and one of the best places to stare at that most magnificent city | Union Station Cafe in Washington arguably the most salubrious | While Prague has this beautiful example of Art Nouveau.

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