Thanksgiving: traditionally a day for spending time with family, reflecting on all you have to be grateful for, and eating some amazing home-cooked food. While Thanksgiving is only recognized as a holiday in the United States, that doesn’t mean you can’t still find great ways to celebrate it here in Catalonia as well. Keep reading to learn about some perfect places to find a Thanksgiving dinner in Barcelona, and some new Thanksgiving traditions to try while you’re here!
On Thanksgiving day here in Barcelona, many restaurants offer a Thanksgiving “Menu del Día” (Menu of the Day) with 3 courses including drinks and a dessert for a reasonable price. These menus feature traditional foods such as turkey, breads, roasted vegetables, stuffing, and pie, often with some Spanish and Catalan twists. One of these restaurants is the Hard Rock Cafe in Plaza Catalunya, offering roasted vegetables with amazing Catalan romesco sauce alongside the turkey, as well as Spanish wines and beers like Estrella Damm, of course.
Another great option if you’re craving a good ole American Thanksgiving dinner while abroad is to seek out Irish pubs around the city! There you can meet people from all over the world, often people who also speak English, and drink lots of good beer and wine with your meal. Some excellent recommendations for Thanksgiving meals at Irish Pubs around Barcelona are Flaherty’s, located in the Gothic Quarter, and Cocovail Beer Hall, which is practically across the street from Gaudí’s famous Casa Batlló. Both of these locations have hearty menus, many drink options, and a great atmosphere for the holiday.
When in Catalonia…try the incredible Catalan gastronomy! If you’d rather try something new and different from the traditional way of celebrating Thanksgiving dinner, a great way to do this is join a food tour around the city. This will allow you to try numerous unique and traditional Spanish and Catalan foods prepared by expert local chefs. Having a knowledgeable local guide will ensure that you get to experience the highest quality meals and restaurants the city has to offer. Our Tasting Barcelona Food and Wine Tour and Gourmet Barcelona Foodie Experience are a great opportunity for you to expand your Thanksgiving palate!
If you prefer to be more involved in the making of your Thanksgiving dinner but still want to have a Spanish twist, a great option for you is to take a paella cooking class. An activity like this is perfect for a family or group of friends visiting Barcelona around the holidays because not only do you get to share a new experience together, you get to share a delicious traditional Spanish meal together in the end. Even if you are traveling alone or in a small group, a cooking class is a great opportunity to connect with other travelers for the holidays and break tradition a little.