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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), which most recently evolved into Andia.
Appealing from the outside, the restaurant’s interior is even better, especially after the extensive renovations in 2019. Open the doors and you enter a spacious, bright, and colorful canteen, reflecting the multi-cultural menu. Add to that an inviting bar and a sprawling patio and suddenly, you find yourself on a sunny, tropical, tasty vacation.
In the main dining room, tables are set on what were once the train 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 from around the world. Inspired by Chef Gastón Acurio’s travels, the menu takes you on a culinary voyage, including favorites from France, Spain, Argentina, China, and more.
To me, the space best lends itself to brunch with friends. Every Sunday between 12:00 and 15:00, the brunch buffet (€58 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.