Situated in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, Le Train de Vie
offers everyone the chance to not only experience the traditional cuisine, but also
discover Yiddish songs, gypsy and klezmer music along with the Jewish traditions including
their specific festivals like sabbath and other holidays.
You can discover dishes such as Gefilte Fish (stuffed carp), Geakte Leiber (chopped
chicken livers), Goulash (meat simmered with onions), Klops (beef meatballs), the Krepleh
broth or apple cake and cinnamon, which are all major specialities of the Ashkenazi Jewish
The meat dishes are prepared without mixing dairy and meat according to tradition and the
cheese desserts are prepared in an oven without contact with meat, again according to
If you like experiencing something different, then this has got to be one of the more
unusual restaurants in Paris, where you can
also experience a festive, cultural evening on a Friday and the evening of Jewish holidays
when you will be served The Tchoulent (Dish of Shabbat), which is a beef stew simmered
with potatoes and beans.
On a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 9.30pm you can get to
experience Gypsy music and Yiddish songs in the cellar, whereas of a weekday afternoon
they hold discussions, debates, performances, etc.
Le Train de Vie is open for lunch and dinner and have set menus in place or you can choose
the A la Carte option, with dishes such as The Great Plate Train of Life, which includes
livers, poultry, chopped salad of boiled eggs, eggplant caviar, caviar pepper, black
radishes, pickles and ikre served with baguel for 15.
In the Marais area of Paris, this establishment has
become almost like an embassy for Yiddish and Ashkenazi cuisine, language, traditions and
culture that is open for everyone to enjoy.
Restaurant Guide Key Points
This restaurant is suitable for all ages and children are welcome.
There is no particular dress code, although smart casual is recommended.
As far as we are aware Le Train de Vie is closed on a Monday, so it would be advisable to
check on the opening times and days.
They have different options available for both lunch and an evening meal:
Formulas du Midi is a set lunch option which is available at lunchtime except on Saturdays
Sundays and holidays. You can choose from the Small Plate Train of Life plus the
Plat du Jour or the Plat du Jour and Dessert of the Day. Or you can opt for the
Small Plate Train of Life as a starter plus the Plat du Jour, plus the Dessert of the Day
for only around 20.
The Evening Menu is either two courses consisting of the Plat du Jour and a Dessert or you
can opt for the three courses, which is a starter or soup plus the Plat du Jour and a
dessert for around 28.
If you do decide to choose the A la Carte option, then this is approximately 10
extra per person.
Also, if you want to see some of the shows that are held downstairs in the cellar, then a
entrance fee is required.
Address & Contact Details:
Le Train de Vie
17 Rue des Ecouffes
Telephone: 01 42 78 63 12