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“Popular, busy and cosmopolitan”
Review of Cafe de la Gare

Cafe de la Gare
Ranked #5 of 200 Restaurants in Antananarivo
Price range: $5 - $15
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Popular, busy and cosmopolitan”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Cafe de la Gare is an interesting and busy place popular with the ex-pat community and with weary tourists. As its name suggests it is located in the railway station. It is a bar, a cafe, a restaurant and a heritage building rolled up into one athmospheric experience. It has a cosmopolitan, slightly decadent 'left bank' feel to it. Visited it twice during my stay in Tana....for dinner and for lunch. In the evening there is a 'pub' scene...noisy and crowded...not everyone's cup of tea. Lunch was more genteel. I liked the place. While high on ambiance the food served was average which is the rating I am giving.
Be sure to visit the toilets. They are located in an old rail carriage.

  • Visited July 2013
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Level 6 Contributor
173 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“It's like seeing an old friend...”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

If you wish to forget for a moment that you are in Madagascar, this is the place... If you come not for the food but to observe the people around you and have a decent drink, you will enjoy it. I love their outdoor seating, their green lawn. The peanuts they give as a gratuity, are oftentimes too salty or even too bitter. There are plenty of mosquitos around. But they have a good fireplace, pancakes and oysters every Friday (never tried myself but must be popular as they keep the tradition). Add nice surroundings, guaranteed parking, and you will not want to go anywhere else in that horrible traffic. Lots of expats in the place, so if you need company...

  • Visited July 2013
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holland
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“great heaven of good food in adventurous antananarivo”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

great place to have lunch or dinner after sightseeing in antarivo. very nice service great ambiance in this former train station in the middle of town, with good weather you can sit outside and the toilets are in a old train ! travelers, locals expats all meet here.do not miss beautiful gift shop next door

  • Visited July 2013
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Kfar-Saba , Israel
Level 6 Contributor
544 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Big restaurant - Big disillusion”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is not something you want to repeat .
Menu is not clear so whatever you order are suprised when the dish arrives . They DO NOT offer wine in caraff ( the reply was - take beer ...)

Visited July 2013
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Mozambique
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely Sunday brunch”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Charming locale, with delicious food. Enjoyed Zebu steak & grilled fish. The green pepper/ginger sauce is great. Mojitos highly recommended!

  • Visited July 2013
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