Stop at this Station in Paris for the Summer

Up in the 18th district of Paris, Le Grand Train is playing host to families looking for something to do with their kids whilst at the same time positioning itself as the funky pop-up, outdoor happening ‘place to be‘ venue throughout the summer . A temporary installation, open until October 16th, Le Grand Train is definitely an alternative Parisian hotspot. By day it offers something for everyone with an ever-changing schedule of events, then by night it morphs into a club/bar and draws in the young city groovers with DJ’s spinning ambient and house-music tunes. 

This disused railway track has been smartly converted into a creative experience for people looking for something a little bit different. The huge space offers you the chance to not only see a number of old style trains but also explore the setting which, has a shop, several places to eat, workshops for kids, a bar and a terrace complete with deck chairs.

It’s like a mini village, an escape from anything typically Parisian.

Visiting Le Grand Train this week, MLP didn’t really know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The kids loved looking around to see what they could discover.

The trains went down very well, reminding them of their love of Thomas the Tank Engine books, which they obsessed over when they were younger. Food wise, there were quite a few options, from vegetarian curries to Bim Bap and Pizzas. Phew! So it ticked that box. There was space for the kids to just leap about and be silly inside and out.Running through the tracks and chilling on the deck chairs was their primary joyful moment  – they had a blast!

It’s a great idea, it’s free and also very cool in a kinda shabby chic kinda way. You can lose a few hours just milling around here. Very easy win for a family. MLP would absolutely recommend it. Hopefully, the pictures give an idea of what’s on offer.

Love MLP

PS: Might have to check this out one evening without the kids!

Le Grand Train, 26b Rue Ordener, Paris 18eme, 11am -11:30pm Wednesday to Sunday. Open until October 2016. Nearest Metro Marcadet Poissoniers Ligne 12.

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Escapism for you and the kids in Paris