While Thanksgiving may be a resolutely (and slightly problematic) American holiday, the whole world can get behind an excuse to gather around a dinner table with friends and family and count our blessings.
If you find yourself in Paris during this special time for digging in, you’re in good company: plenty of fine establishments are enabling the American tradition with great alacrity. Here’s where to spend Thanksgiving in Paris this 2017, sufficiently stuffing your face. (This article was originally published in 2015, but has been updated for 2017.)
Joe Allen, the place that brought the American burger to Paris, will offer options a-plenty for Thanksgiving dinner, with a €50 pre fixe menu that includes selections like roasted pumpkin and ricotta enchiladas with spaghetti squash coleslaw, roast turkey with quince, apple and walnut stuffing, candied yams, and cranberry sauce; and pecan pie with bourbon and whipped cream. Find the reservation form on this page.
30 rue Pierre Lescot
Métro Les Halles, Rambuteau
Ô Chateau is offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a “slight French twist” at €45, including a pumpkin velouté, roast turkey with potatoes au gratin, and finished with a homemade apple tart with vanilla and pecan ice cream. The dinner is available Wednesday and Thursday nights with seatings at 7pm and 9pm.
68 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Métro Louvre-Rivoli, Etienne Marcel
Verjus is serving Thanksgiving dinner Monday through Friday, with a traditionally themed prix-fixe tasting menu and wine pairings.
52 rue de Richelieu
Métro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, Bourse
Philippe Excoffier, who served as chef for the United States Embassy in France, will bring Thanksgiving to his own establishment in the 7th, offering turkey two ways (“roasted and lacquered in syrup” sounds like the only sensible choice) with mini-burger crab cakes and a pumpkin pie tart, among other tantalizing tastes. Book your table here.
18 rue de l’Exposition
Métro École Militaire
The American Church in Paris is hosts a traditional American Thanksgiving on Saturday the 25th. Tickets are only €20 for adults and €12 for children and ensure each guest gets to eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with a glass of wine. Adults that really want a peaceful dinner can sign their feisty kids up for the kids room, where they’ll be occupied with crafts and a movie. though, and Sunday, November 19th is the last day to register! Send an email to [email protected] to register.
65 quai d’Orsay
Métro Pont de l’Alma, Invalides
Breakfast in America is always a safe bet and one of our personal favorites. At a prix-fixe price that even a student abroad can afford, BIA serves up a classic Thanksgiving meal complete for €37. On Thanksgiving day, there are three seatings at 5:00pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00pm–make sure to make a reservation and be on time! It’s quite the experience: Thanksgiving dinner (a fancy event), in a diner (a casual space), in Paris (an incredible French city!). Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected].
17 rue des écoles
Métro Cardinal Lemoine or Jussieu
Ladurée on the Champs Elysées. Yes, your eyes read correctly, the American University Clubs (AUC) of France is having their Thanksgiving dinner in the Ladurée on the Champs Elysées on Wednesday, November 22nd. Put on an elegant dress or crisp suit and start the night at the Lincoln Bar. You’ll hear the history of Ladurée before being swept into salons for a traditional three-course Thanksgiving feast. AUC events are for alumni of a select group of American universities listed here, but seeing as there are ticket prices for members and non-members, we’d bet that alumni of colleges and universities not on the list are welcome, too! Ticket sales end November 22nd, so buy them here now.
13 rue Lincoln
Métro George V
Thanksgiving: the mecca of American food, on Thanksgiving or any day of the year. A small grocery store in the 4th arrondissement selling American products like PopTarts, measuring cups, Special K, Ketchup, and pancake mix. Because everyone has a horror story about trying to cook a turkey, Thanksgiving sells Thanksgiving turkeys by the kilo, and individual pumpkin and pecan pies. Order online before November 16th or head to the store to stock up on the ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast.
20 rue Saint Paul
Métro St. Paul