Hipsters are an international phenomenon, but in Paris they are often called bobo’s, which stands for bohémien bourgeois. Although the bohemians in Paris are arguably a bit more posh than the average hipster, they seem to have many common interests: mustaches, organic food, vintage clothes… you know the classics!
Grand Train is like a temporary Disneyland made for les bobo’s. It is too big to call it a bar because it’s a big space with many different venues, located in a former train station. Open in summer only, it offers an organic food market, a bar on a railway, a barber shop, a tattoo shop (for spontaneous decisions!), a library, a vintage clothing market, a concert venue, a chicken coop, a train museum and several eating spots. The building of the former train station is really quite cool and made me long for long train travels.
It is the kind of place you would expect to find somewhere in Berlin, but unfortunately offers Parisian prices. While located in a non-expensive neighbourhood near the périphérique, you pay € 6.50 for a beer (we’re talking half a pint!) and € 10 for a hot-dog, which in my opinion can never justify the quality, no matter how organic and delicious it may be. But then the place is really entertaining, so my advice is to go have a look and get your second beer in a cheap bar elsewhere in the street!