Serving the old belt-railway, La Petite Ceinture, back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Gare de Passy-Muette opened in 1854 but was closed when the railway became obsolete upon the success of the new Paris Metro. The old train station was eventually turned into the aptly named restaurant-bar La Gare (Train Station in French).
Appealing from the outside, the restaurant’s interior is even better. Open the doors and you enter a spacious and bright bistrot with an inviting bar at the entrance and a sprawling patio at the back. In the main dining room, chic tables are set on what were once the station’s platforms. Enclosed with glass, the open space and retractable roof make for a nice atmospheric restaurant with excellent food.
The restaurant is large and caters to groups, but still manages to serve up good food that covers all the French favorites from croustillant de chevre, steak tartare, cod, and entrecote, with the odd international surprise, such as Fish & Chips, Gnocchi, or Plancha de Gambas thrown in.
To me, the space best lends itself to brunch with friends. Every Sunday between 11:30 and 16:00, the brunch buffet (€39.50 per adult) takes over the former train station. You can linger for hours, playing the French boules game pétanque on the back patio and taking the time to really enjoy your food. It’s the recipe for a really lovely Sunday.
Afterward, walk along the enchanting old railroad tracks of the Petite Ceinture, starting just behind the restaurant, off to the side of Jardin de Ranelgh.