Thanksgiving in Paris

Thanks to the large number of American expats living in Paris, there are many options in the city for those that want to celebrate this US holiday. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something a bit more French-inspired, you’ll find it in Paris. Read this article to get good tips, whether you want to cook a Thanksgiving feast yourself or go out.

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Finding Ingredients 

Butterball turkeys are definitely not something you can just go and pick up at your local Monoprix. In order to find the best ingredients and supplies for your Thanksgiving Feast, visit one of the vendors below.

Costco

3 ave de Bréhat, 91140 Villebon-sur-Yvette

Believe it or not, there is a Costco in France! It’s a bit of a trek outside the city but can be the one-stop shop for everything you need on the big day. 

The Real McCoy

194 Rue de Grenelle

This small grocery store has all the American products you would ever need in life, and especially for Thanksgiving. Email them at us.food@wanadoo.fr or visit their Facebook page to directly chat with them about placing your order.

 

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Restaurant Recommendations 

Check out these restaurants where you can find a good, old American Thanksgiving feast or something with just a little French twist.

Ô Chateau,  68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Reserve your spot at Ô Chateau now for a traditional three-course Thanksgiving meal with wine and dessert accompaniments. Dinner times are at 7 pm and 9 pm on Thursday.

Breakfast in America, 17 rue des Ecoles

For a more casual feast, head to this American diner offering three sittings on Thursday: 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm. Reserve now by email at bia.thanksgiving@gmail.com.

À La Folie, 26 Avenue Corentin Carlou

Ever dreamed about a disco Thanksgiving? Dream no longer. Head to À La Folie for a modern take on Thanksgiving, complete with a live DJ and buffet-style meal. Reserve your spot here.

Le Coq Rico, 98 rue Lepic

Look no further for your French-inspired Thanksgiving. Offered both at lunchtime and dinnertime, experience a Thanksgiving meal based around the red turkey of Ardennes at Le Coq Rico. Reserve your spot here.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving and remember to wear stretchy pants!  

Learning French in France

It can be difficult to adjust to a new country when you don’t know the language. Fortunately, there are tons of programs in Paris that can facilitate learning French in low-cost environments. The following are just a few fun and creative options for learning French in the city.

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Atelier 9

With Atelier 9, you can learn French through their Intensive, Extensive French or Evening programs depending on your need, all in the heart of Paris!

For individual Students:

For any of these weekly programs (Intensive French Course, 21,5 hours per week)) or more : 10% off when you say you are from Feel Parisien. 

  • 4 weeks (86 hours): 990 euros. 
  • 3 weeks (64,5 hours): 855 euros.
  • 2 weeks (43 hours): 585 euros. 
  • 1 week (21,5 hours) subjet to availability: 320 euros. 
  • 6 weeks: 1450 euros, 8 weeks: 1910 euros, 12 weeks: 2830 euros.

For any program with 12 lessons weekly (Semi-Intensive French Course, 11,5 hours per week) : 8% off when you say you are from Feel Parisien. 

  • 4 weeks (46 hours): 610 euros.
  • Three-month package (12 consecutive weeks): 1710 euros.

For any programme with less than 4 lessons weekly (Extensive Evening courses, 3 hours per week) and for all other program (private one-one one lessons) : 8%off on listed price when you say you are from Feel Parisien.

  • 4 week package: 190 euros.
  • 12 week package: 490 euros.

Franglish

Franglish is a program that fosters casual conversations between English speakers and Parisians in local hot spots. They organize speed-dating style events every week in local bars and restaurants where partners talk for 7 minutes in English and then 7 minutes in French. Prices can be as low as €8 for students, includes entrance and a drink. It’s a great way to learn French in a stress-free environment and meet new friends in the city! Click the link to check their calendar.

Lost in Frenchlation

Lost in Frenchlation is a service that provides French cinema with English subtitles for foreign students. The program runs out of Studio 28, Paris’ oldest cinema, Club de l’Étoile, and Luminor cinema. Drinks and mingling are offered before or after each film, providing an opportunity to meet other foreign students in the city. Lost in Frenchlation allows you to enjoy French cinema and learn the language in a creative way. Click the link to see their upcoming showings.

Polyglot Club

Polyglot Club is an organization that provides a multitude of programs for learning French and other languages. It also hosts a public forum where people can post about events in the city or offer language tutoring. The events posted can range anywhere from club parties to skiing excursions. Click the link for more details on upcoming events and to register.

Cité Universitaire – Language Rooms

Every week Cité Universitaire’s Library hosts public conversations in different languages for all students. You do not have to be a Cité Universitaire resident to participate. Simply visit the website for more details and contact the library to register for the next event.

 

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Moreover, another great way to learn French is through phone apps. In that way, you can practice your language skills easily with these apps, during your daily commute or right before you go to bed. Some apps will even keep you to a schedule and will remind you when it’s time to review again. See the list below for our recommendations.

Duolingo

Duolingo is a great app that focuses on repetitive practice in different modes of learning. Therefore, it mixes speaking, listening and translation exercises in short challenges that keep you on your toes and encourage you to pass the level. The app keeps track of your progress and will send you daily reminders to keep going. Go to the app store to download the app for free or click the link for more information.

Memrise

Memrise uses pop-culture and Internet trends to help you learn different languages. Its main focus is vocabulary and it helps you memorize terms by associating them with popular memes submitted by the community. It makes learning both accessible and fun! Go to the app store to download for free or click the link for more information.

Mindsnack

If you like games, this app is definitely for you. Similar to Duolingo, Mindsnack challenges the user in different mini-games that are focused on vocabulary, grammar, and listening. The user interface is quite charming and makes memorization fun! Click the link for more information or download the app for free in the app store.

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If you are serious about perfecting your French and wish to do so in a professional, academic environment, read this article for recommendations on different courses offered in Paris for the more serious student. Bon courage!