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How to celebrate Thanksgiving 2017 in Paris

Thanksgiving is the annual celebration when Americans and Canadians traditionally get together to give thanks and it originally started as a way to celebrate that year’s 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 2017 will take place on Thursday November 23rd.
 
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 and eat yourself silly with roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole and, of course, pumpkin pie!
 

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The traditional Thanksgiving meal


 

Paris is a truly international and multicultural city, where Thanksgiving is becoming more and more popular every year. Whether you’re an American expat or just fancy any excuse to celebrate, here are some tips on how and where to celebrate Thanksgiving 2016. Gobble gobble, it’s time to talk turkey!
 

Thanksgiving – « All-American Groceries »

Most families choose to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, but sourcing the essential American 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, as well as beautifully made pecan and pumpkin pies.
 
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 25th 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
 

Breakfast in America

This traditional American diner will be offering Thanksgiving dinner for the 14th year running! Enjoy roast turkey and all the trimmings, a starter, a drink and pumpkin, apple or pecan pie for just €36.5. There will be three sittings, at 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00 and you can only make a reservation via email, at bia.thanksgiving@gmail.com.
 
Address: 17, rue des Ecoles, 75005
Opening hours: open daily (8.30-23:00)
Tel: 01 43 54 50 28
 

Hard Rock Café

The Paris branch of this iconic burger chain will be serving a classic Thanksgiving menu on November 23rd for € 35/person with the football game 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
 

Le Saint-Martin

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 23nd, 24th and 25th.
 
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
 

Verjus

This cosy little wine bar next to Palais Royal will be serving a Thanksgiving-themed tasting menu with paired wines on November 24th, 25th and 26th. Reservations are essential!
 
Address: 52, Rue de Richelieu, 75001
Opening hours: Monday-Friday (19.00-23.00)
Tel: 01 42 97 54 40
 
 
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!