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Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe

Away from the States this Thanksgiving? Don't miss the turkey with our pick of the best celebrations in Europe

by 14 November 2015

As an American living abroad, few times of year make me quite as homesick as Thanksgiving. Every year, barring travel circumstances usually related to snow, my whole family joins together to eat until we physically can go no further. Living in Europe, can mean going without celebrating Thanksgiving, but thankfully these restaurants across the continent help give expats and travelers a taste of home. So go ahead and get excited for that slice of pumpkin pie, after all, it's only one day a year.

Christopher’s (London, United Kingdom)


As London’s original American restaurant, Christopher’s is really a must for Thanksgiving. Not one to skimp on quality, the meal is a full three courses. Begin with blackened shrimps or goat cheese soufflé (to name just a few); follow by turkey, lamb, steak, roasted vegetables, or salmon; finish with pumpkin pie, peanut butter and chocolate cake, or the classic American brownie. Christopher’s is vegetarian friendly, so if you or your friends want to skip the turkey, this is the place. Not feeling hungry? The bar attached will also serve up three Thanksgiving themed cocktails. £55. www.christophersgrill.com

L’Osteria di Giovanni (Florence, Italy)


A traditional thanksgiving with an Italian twist. Start your meal with crostini and prosecco, before travelling back home during the main course. Tender roasted turkey with pear and chestnut stuffing is paired with sweet potato puree, glazed pearl onions, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Finish your meal with standard American desserts like cheesecake and apple pie. It’s a little taste of America in a city with heavy Renaissance vibes. €45. www.osteriadigiovanni.com

Hotel Edouard 7 (Paris, France)


Hotel Edouard 7

Built in 1877, Hotel Edouard 7 has an elegant air that brings you back to the times of King Edward VII. This elegance translates itself effortlessly from décor to table. For its Thanksgiving meal, Hotel Edouard serves dishes with spiced pumpkin undertones and its American style turkey takes centre stage. €60 excluding drinks, €80 including. www.hoteledouard7paris/restaurant

Bread Street Kitchen (London, United Kingdom)

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Bread Street Kitchen serves up a three-course meal with almost as much food as an American Thanksgiving. Their menu doesn’t just provide for Thanksgiving, though, but truly embraces American food culture and the components of its best meals. The main course consists of confit turkey leg, bacon puffed corn, and lobster mac and cheese. Follow it up with a peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwich. You’ll have never been able to so vividly taste the States before, and I guarantee you’ll forget you’re in London. £48 for two. www.gordonramsayrestaurants/breadstreetkitchen

Brunello Lounge and Restaurant at the Regina Hotel Baglioni (Rome, Italy)


Located next to the US Embassy, Brunello is Rome’s best destination for expats and tourists alike to enjoy their turkey day. Enjoy autumnal dishes ranging from risotto with pumpkin and ricotta cheese to turkey stuffed with chestnuts, apples, and plums. Truly, Brunello is the spot for high quality Thanksgiving dishes in Rome. €60. www.baglionihotels.com/restauraunt

Bistrot Le Saint Martin (Paris, France)

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Le Saint Martin may be less glamorous than other Parisian Thanksgiving eateries, but it has one of the most authentically American meals you can get in the city. Instead of a French interpretation of the classic dishes, the restaurant serves the dishes in the traditional American way, just like mom used to make. Enjoy carrot soup, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, and most importantly, an array of your favourite pies. Le Saint Martin has a special way of transporting you back to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner table—no frills, just genuinely great food for the festivities. €42. bistrotsaint-martin.com

Westin Excelsior Hotel (Florence, Italy)

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A Conde Naste Travel Gold List Hotel, the Westin Excelsior is known for its high quality service, beauty, and central location. But really it’s the restaurant that makes this hotel famous. With a 360- degree view of the entire city of Florence, there’s a high chance you could see the Duomo over your Thanksgiving turkey. The meal includes a starter of amuse bouche with tomato croquette and ginger broccoli and finishes with mud cake on a bed of cinnamon and rum gelato. Make sure to show up hungry. €55. www.sestoonarno.com

Balthazar (London, United Kingdom)

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A New York City based restaurant, Balthazar is certain to serve your most loved Thanksgiving eats. In three courses, choose from roasted butternut squash soup (a personal Thanksgiving favourite), roast turkey with orange and chestnut stuffing, baked cod with a thyme and parmesan crust, and brussel sprouts with chestnuts. Good luck choosing between the desserts—the chef at Balthazar will serve pumpkin soufflé with gingerbread ice cream and pecan pie with malt ice cream. £55. balthazarlondon.com

1 Hôtel Edouard 7
2 L'Osteria Di Giovanni
3 Brunello
4 Le Saint-Martin
5 Westin Excelsior Florence
6 Bread Street Kitchen
7 Christopher's
8 Balthazar