Celebrating Thanksgiving Abroad: Paris, France

Just because you're headed overseas this November doesn't mean you have to miss Turkey Day. We round up the best Thanksgiving feasts for backpackers, expats, and other travelers.

Nov 19, 2012
Outside Magazine
Paris does Thanksgiving surpris

Paris does Thanksgiving surprisingly well.    Photo: Olga Matseyko/Shutterstock

There are so many celebrations of America’s big November feast in Paris, you could squint and almost think you’re in your Aunt Helen’s kitchen in Cleveland, but with a little more French foodie flair. Ralph Lauren restaurant on Boulevard Saint Germain holds an annual Turkey Day meal, as does Harry’s New York Bar. There’s even a market on Rue Saint Paul called Thanksgiving that sells and prepares American edibles. But the best place for turkey (with quince, apple, and walnut stuffing) and pumpkin pie (with Maker’s Mark bourbon sabayon) is Joe Allen, a Manhattan-styled bistro on Rue Pierre Lescot. 

Go bouldering in the Fontainbleau National Forest about 40 miles south of the city. Climbers have been coming to this 60-square-mile park for more than a century, and the forest's circuits, color-coded by difficulty, make it simple to find boulder problems within your skill level.

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