Grand Train: where hipsters and trainspotters meet

Grand Train

We took a walk around Gare du Nord last Sunday and stumbled into Grand Train, a pop-up urban renewal project between the French train operator SNCF and artists, which is breathing life into the La Chapelle district, north Paris.

Grand Train is one of 14 projects transforming unused spaces such as railways, dis-used stations, workshop, warehouses and offices. SNCF has put the call out to artists, collective groups, cultural engineering companies asking them to fire up their imagination and really think about how they can develop these urban areas.

The projects are about creating spaces where people can hang out, experience art, culture and have fun for a more enriched life in the city.

At Grand Train you can choose to chill in the gardens, listen to live music while watching the tour, look at an art installation created from lost property, book your kids into an art workshop. For geeks there are old and new trains to admire; as well as restaurants, bars, a vintage shop, gift shop, urban chicken farm and a tattoo parlour.

The Grand Train project is a brilliant space in the heart of Paris, it’s only around till October so get down there quick!

Grand Train
26 rue Ordener

Tel: 01 48 24 34 02

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  1. Sounds like such fun, I think France is great at these innovative urban projects (have you been to Nantes?) I love the sound of the whole thing but especially the chicken farm. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance I hope you join in again it looks like your blog has a multitude of perfect posts for the linky. I don’t normally take so long to comment, this month has just been particularly hectic, followed by particularly lo-tech holidays with very limited internet connections. Great to discover your blog.
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    • Hi Phoebe thanks for your comment. France is great for these things, they’re so innovative and creative – I just love the Paris Plages. I haven’t been to Nantes, we’re down south at the moment holidaying in the Languedoc which is simply amazing and stunning. I’ll definitely be linking up more thanks again, TMx

  2. I love projects like this one that benefit everyone involved – not just the local area, but also the artists and the visitors. THanks for virtual tour! via #AllAboutFrance

    • It’s a brilliant idea, great for people who can’t do the whole August getaway, and for tourists visiting the city. When it started it was criticised for being frivolous, but it works and people love it!

  3. What an amazing idea. I love going to things like this and taking a look around. There is always such a lovely atmosphere. It’s amazing that the community has come together to do something as fab as this. x
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    • Thank you – we had a super time here, shame it’s only around till October.

  4. This looks so amazing! I definetly love the sound of it, my son would swoon over this for sure!

    Jordanne ||

  5. Wow this sounds fantastic! My little one would swoon over this for sure!

    Jordanne ||

  6. Paris is a brilliant city with so much going on – hope you’ll be able to visit soon!

    • Paris is a super city – a great place in the summer when it really starts to come alive.

    • Great to be part of the #FabFriday community – who knows maybe the new London Mayor has some ideas up his sleeve.

  7. What a lovely idea! My son would adore all the trains (I worry that he’ll be a future trainspotter!) I like the sound of the cocktails myself! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Oh all little boys have a train phase, but these trains were pretty cool to look at, it’s great to find a place where parents and kids can just hangout together. Great to be part of the link community – thanks for making me so welcome.

    • Yes it was a great little find, thanks for you comment. Much appreciated.

  8. This looks fantastic. What a great idea! We’re in rural France this summer, but hoping to go to Paris for the day maybe. I’d love to check this out. Thanks for sharing on #FabFridayPost & #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Oh you should there are so many great things happening around Paris in the summer, enjoy your time in rural France. Loving the links!

    • There is fabulous retro furniture in Paris, I plan to do a post about the flea markets here, well worth a trip for those!

    • Well, I hope I can encourage you to take a trip, it’s a brilliant city, compact, easy to walk around and a tonne of things for families to enjoy.

    • Hi thanks, yes definitely, you had to look to find it, and once in there it’s pretty awesome.

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