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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

If you’re an American who just happens to be in Paris on Thanksgiving Day, you may feel deeply thankful for the opportunity to spend time in such a wonderful city.

But when dinnertime rolls around, even the charms of Paris may not stop you from longing for turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Luckily, the high number of American expatriates in Paris means that the city is used to accommodating hungry Americans on this special holiday: there are quite a few places that can fully satisfy your cravings for food from home.

1. Thanksgiving

The name of this restaurant can leave no doubt that you’ll be getting the real thing come Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is actually a Cajun restaurant serves a traditional Thanksgiving meal – turkey, candied yams, the works – on Thanksgiving Thursday, plus the Friday and Saturday nights following (since it’s not a holiday in France, it’s common to play fast and loose with the dates for the dinner). Make your reservations as early as possible because tables fill up quickly. If you don’t get a reservation, consider ordering a catered Thanksgiving dinner from the restaurant, for two people and more. And if that doesn’t work out, then simply buy the ingredients you need to make your own dinner from Thanksgiving’s grocery store. The store sells American products, from Stove Top stuffing, to cornbread mix, to jellied cranberry sauce.

Thanksgiving
20, rue Saint Paul 75004 PARIS
Tel: +33 1 42 77 68 29
Web: www.thanksgivingparis.com

Top Paris Hotel in the 4th Arrondissement: Hotel Beaubourg

2. Joe Allen

Joe Allen is an American bistro that has been around for nearly 40 years, and has become an institution in Paris. This is where you go when you’re craving American specialties like barbecued chicken wings, prime rib, or pecan pie. So, it’s no surprise that on Thanksgiving Day, Joe Allen’s is ready to gratify your turkey cravings with a full-blown Thanksgiving dinner. Again, make reservations early!

Joe Allen
30, rue Pierre Lescot 75001 PARIS
Tel : +33 1 42 36 70 13
Web : www.joeallenparis.com
Email for reservations : joeallen@joeallenparis.com

Top Paris Hotel in the 1st Arrondissement: Hotel Relais Saint-Honoré

3. Bistrot St. Martin

This French bistro typically serves French and North African fare – but come Thanksgiving it turns American and serves turkey. Not just turkey, though: you’ll also get carrot soup, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin or apple pie. They also do take-out order if you aren’t able to get a reservation, or would like to have your dinner catered. The Thanksgiving menu is available on Thanksgiving Thursday, plus the Friday and Saturday following.

Bistrot St. Martin
25, rue Louis Blanc 75010 PARIS
Tel : +33 1 46 07 73 68
Web : www.bistrotsaint-martin.com
Email for reservations: lesaintmartin@yahoo.fr

Top Paris Hotel in the 10th Arrondissement: Hotel Windsor Opera

4. Breakfast in America

On Thanksgiving Day, this restaurant is pushing aside its usual menu of pancakes, bacon, and eggs to make room for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Make your reservations now: the restaurant isn’t overly spacious and there are only two seatings: at 7pm and 9pm. (Also note that while there are two Breakfast in America restaurants, only the one on rue des Ecoles will serve Thanksgiving dinner.)

Breakfast in America
17, rue des Ecoles, 75005, PARIS
Tel.: + 33 1 43 54 50 28.
Web: www.breakfast-in-america.com
Email for reservations: bia@gmail.com (give name, number in party, preferred seating time)

Top Paris Hotel in the 5th Arrondissement: Hotel Henri IV

5. La Cuisine Paris

If you think you’ll not only miss eating traditional Thanksgiving food, but also miss preparing it, check out La Cuisine Paris, a cooking school that is offering a class (in English) on Thanksgiving Day. There, you’ll make all the Thanksgiving favorites, including turkey, honey-baked ham, stuffing, candied yams, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Best of all, once you’re done, you’ll sit down at an elegant table to eat it all…and you don’t have to do the dishes!

La Cuisine Paris
89 boulevard St. Michel, 75005 PARIS
Tel : + 33 1 40 51 78 18
Web :  www.lacuisineparis.com
Email for reservations : contact@lacuisineparis.com

Top Hotel on Boulevard St. Michel: Hotel Des Mines

Photo of Thanksgiving cupcake by Lordog

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About the author

Venere Travel Blog writer barbara diggs

Barbara Diggs is a freelance writer living in Paris, France. She has travelled to many European countries with her toddler son in tow, and firmly believes that traveling with a child is not only possible, but fun (if you plan in advance)!

3 responses to “How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris”

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  1. Susan Geraeds says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Great cupcake frosting!

  2. Deborah Brown says:
    November 14th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    For those who wish to celebrate a Gentle Thanksgiving, the Gentle Gourmet B&B proposes a gourmet vegan cruelty-free Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate and give thanks in the gentlest of ways. 50e for adults,35e for students, 25e for 10- 18, 15 euros for 5-9 under 5 free
    * Butternut squash, leek and japanese pear soup
    * Little salads of lamb’s lettuce, walnuts, endive, clementine and beetroot
    * Individual stuffed & rolled seitanWild-mushroom gravy
    * Corn-bread, onion, celery, mushroom & sage stuffing
    *Dried-fruit and soy sausage stuffing
    * Cranberry-orange-walnut-raisin compote
    *Mashed potatoes with horseradish cream
    *Orange-glazed sweet potatoes,turnips,shallots & carrots
    *Roasted brussel sprouts and chestnut
    *Pecan pie ice-cream
    *Lemon-scented pumpkin cheesecake

  3. Meg says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    A shame you missed out Haynes in the 9th – a lovely little restaurant that does a fantastic Thanksgiving feast at a much better price than Joe Allen. Back when I was single and had a typical Parisian closet-of-a-kitchen, that was where I headed on the 4th Thursday of November!


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