Thanksgiving is the annual celebration when Americans and Canadians traditionally get together to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. In this post, we offer advice on how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris this November.
Americans traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of the month, so Thanksgiving 2016 will take place on Thursday November 24th.
Let’s face it: what began as a religious harvest festival is nowadays really an excuse to get together once a year and spend time with friends and family. But, most importantly, it’s a chance to enjoy the traditional thanksgiving dinner – roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, velvety potatoes, winter squash and, of course, the famous dessert of pumpkin pie.
Paris is a truly international and multicultural city, where Thanksgiving is becoming more and more popular every year. Whether you’re visiting the French capital, an expat or just fancy a celebration, here are some tips on how and where to celebrate Thanksgiving 2016. It’s time to « talk turkey ».
Thanksgiving – « All-American Groceries »
Most families choose to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, but sourcing the essential ingredients can be problematic in a city like Paris. That’s why we recommend visiting this exotic emporium that sells all things American, including bagels imported from NYC, candy, snacks and fresh seasonal ingredients. They’re proud to supply fresh, farm-raised turkeys to Parisians each November, a service they have offered for nearly 30 years.
Address: 20, Rue Saint Paul, 75004
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10.30-19.00); Sundays (11.00-18.00)
Tel: 01 42 77 68 29
The American Church, Paris
This historic building, which dates back to 1814, was the first American Church to be established outside the USA. Each year it puts on a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner to which all are welcome. Reserve a table on November 26th for 20.30 or 17.30 if you’re bringing the kids. A set menu is offered at €25 for adults and €18 for children.
Address: 65, Quai d’Orsay, 75007
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday (09.00-12.00/13.00-10.30) ; Sundays (09.00-14.00/03.00-19.00)
Tel: 01 40 62 05 00
Hard Rock Café
The Paris branch of this iconic burger chain will be serving a classic Thanksgiving menu on November 24th for € 35/person with the NFL screened live, if that floats your boat…
Address: 14, Boulevard Montmartre, 75009
Opening hours: open daily (11.30-23.45)
Tel: 01 53 24 60 00
This Franco-American bistro based next to the Canal Saint-Martin serves the quintessential Thanksgiving meal of roast turkey with all the trimmings. The set menu for €42/person will be available on November 22nd, 24th and 28th.
Address: 25, Rue Louis Blanc, 75010
Opening hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday (12.00-15.00); Dinner: Monday-Saturday (19.00-23.00)
Tel: +33 14 60 77 68
This cosy little wine bar next to Palais Royal will be serving a Thanksgiving-themed tasting menu with paired wines on November 25th, 26th and 27th. Reservations are essential!
Address: 52, Rue de Richelieu, 75001
Opening hours: Monday-Friday (19.00-23.00)
Tel: 01 42 97 54 40
Another popular wine bar that will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu for €42/person. Roast turkey with homemade coleslaw, apple tart with with vanilla and pecan nut ice-cream…treat yourself!
Address: 68, Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
Opening times: Monday-Saturday (16.00-00.00)
Tel: 01 44 73 97 80
So if you find yourself in Paris this November – and fancy celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family – don’t despair! This American festival is more popular than ever in the French capital, so there’s no reason to miss out!