It's true, there is no Thanksgiving in Barcelona. But if you're suddenly feeling like something's missing and you need your annual fix of feasting on turkey with all the trimmings, there are a few American-friendly restaurants and shops out there that can help you feel at home. Don't forget to book your table in advance! Canadians, you're welcome to celebrate as well. If it makes you more comfortable, just wear your giant maple leaf to dinner. We know you have one.
And what's post-Thanksgiving without a frenzy of Black Friday–style shopping? Luckily, the city has adopted that tradition too and November 28th will see a host of local retailers offering special discounts throughout the day.
Get out there and act like a good American – stuff yourself silly and spend spend spend!
DosTrece has become a modern classic on the Ciutat Vella dining circuit. The restaurant is on a corner and has huge windows, ideal for people-watching. And this year, the two California-born owners are once again throwing a Thanksgiving dinner (their 13th!), and you're invited. On the menu: pumpkin soup, turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, cornbread, and apple pie for dessert. And if turkey's not your thing, they are also offering an innovative vegan menu.
Hard Rock, a little taste of America in Barcelona, with a lot of loud music and the expected rock 'n' roll memorabilia. This year their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner (served at lunchtime, as is the tradition for some Americans) includes Caesar salad, turkey with gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and stuffing, and pumpkin pie for dessert.
Price: €29.95, kids €15.95
The Pink Elephant may not be as well-known as some of the other American-style restaurants, but it's not to be overlooked. With its 1920s-style decor and cosy down-home feel, it's just the place to get yourself a massive Thanksgiving dinner this year. Sure, they're serving up turkey (oven spiced apple turkey, no less), home-made gravy and cranberry sauce, and cornbread with mushroom stuffing, but also on the menu are mac and cheese, deviled eggs, and brussel sprouts with pancetta and thyme. Save room for dessert, because you're getting pumpkin cheesecake, coconut rum cake and home-made sorbet of kaffir lime, ginger and star anise. Booking early is recommended.
Your friends at the American Society of Barcelona never fail to pull out all the stops to celebrate their home country's holidays. And Thanksgiving is by no means an exception. Hosted this year at the Hilton Hotel in Avinguda Diagonal, the celebration not only promises a dinner-buffet with all the trimmings, but also a pre-dinner cocktail reception and post-dinner music and dancing going on into the wee hours.
Price: €73 (€24 children 6-15; free for children 5 and under)
You know the Delishop as a mini chain of international gourmet products. Did you know they also do cooking courses for all occasions, as well as a Thanksgiving dinner? Created by Ricky Mandle, the New Yorker founder of Delishop, the self-service buffet will include stuffed turkey with gravy and the usual trimmings and desserts. To reserve, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 7pm-9pm OR 9.30pm-11.30pm
Price: €35, €15 for children
For Americans living in Barcelona and for locals who are big fans of products from the States, especially those for eating and drinking that you can't get in local supermarkets, Taste of America has more than 2,000 products to help with those cravings you just can't otherwise satisfy. They also put on workshops and can organise events on special days. If you've decided to do Thanksgiving at home this year, they've got loads of products to make sure you do it right, from pumpkin pie filling and cranberry sauce to the turkey itself.