Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe

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A royal turkey spread, photo courtesy of RoadsidePictures

Sometimes you just can’t make it back to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving because you live (or are traveling) far, far away.

While a few Cheapos in our office were living in London the year before last, they had an admittedly hard time thinking about family back home, gathered around a table of carved turkey (or turducken), their aunt’s famous green bean casserole, and – especially – mom’s super-human homemade pecan pie.

Cue the drool!

Initially, these Cheapos thought about hosting a Thanksgiving feast at their flat, but didn’t find much in the way of Thanksgiving at Marks & Spencer. Instead, a restaurant in Notting Hill proved to be the right treat. The Cheapos gorged along with a packed house of other friendly American expats and had a happy, festive time.

While it could never be as good as grandma’s cooking, it sure tasted close to home. And while this year we’re all able to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, we thought it’d be helpful to round up a few suggestions for Americans abroad:

Join the Meetup Expats in Paris group for Thanksgiving dinner at Le Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement. Full details here.

Head over to the Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel and join the AARO (Association of American Residents Overseas) for a Thanksgiving meal. More information can be found here.

A group of expats in Brussels will meet at the Sheraton Hotel, Place Rogier, for a meal on Thursday evening. Check out the American Club of Brussels calendar for more info.

If you plan to get meditative on turkey day, might we suggest the annual Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Folks in the local expat meetup group here meet at the cafe across the street first, to break bread beforehand.

The American Society of Barcelona hosts an annual dinner. This year, the event happens at the Hotel Arts (Pau Casals Room, Marina 19-21). Learn more here.

Friends in Rome hosts an event at Le Bain (Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 33). Reservations are required. To prepare for feasting, go here.

Head over to the Budapest Marriott Hotel (Apáczai Csere János u. 4.) for a full spread. You can register when you get there. Or, try this guy; he’s willing to cook for your whole family!

OK Cheapos, now it’s your turn. Where will you be eating your European turkey and stuffin’ this Thanksgiving eve? Leave us a note here and we’ll pass it on.

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Pete Meyers

About the author: An Ohio native, Pete Meyers was bred on family road trips and the Beach Boys. When not working at EuroCheapo HQ in NYC, Pete likes to be found eating bouillabaisse anywhere in the south of France.

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10 thoughts on “Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe”

    1. I too am looking for a group of people to share Thanksgiving with in lovely Venezia. If anyone knows of a get-together, let me know!!! – Cynthia

  1. Meredith Franco Meredith Franco Meyers

    Wow – Scribe. I hope you had a nice thanksgiving with your wife. Our table was packed full of various generations in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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  3. Thanks Meredith,

    Well just to follow up, I knew that my wife had forgotten that it was Thanksgiving and I wanted to surprise her by taking her somewhere. Imagine, then, my own surprise when an American guy that we met in a bar last night called her today to ask her over to a dinner with some friends. When she said “can I bring a date?” he responded “um – I’m your date!”, so she said “What about my husband?”. Oops! Sounds of rapid backtracking on the other end of he phone. Moreover, he’d reminded her that of what day it was.

    Suffice to say that we’re having an intimate Thanksgiving for two this evening chez nous. The turkey’s in our neighbour’s oven (ours is broken) and my vegetables are under the grill.

    NEXT year for sure I plan to surprise her.

  4. Yes, Scribe, it was Ribband’s, but the restaurant has since closed. We recommend Christopher’s American Bar & Grill (18, Wellington Street, Covent Garden). Don’t be scared off by the name. We hear, from our current friends in London, that it’s a nice joint.

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  6. I’ll be in London, eating a friend’s home in Bayswater. But, all of these ideas sound great. I might even check out the service at St. Paul’s.


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