GENEVA, Switzerland – Are you homesick and in need of turkey, pronto? Here’s your guide to Thanksgiving in Geneva, Black Friday (yeap, some are doing it minus the turkey), and Drinksgiving (albeit, if you work on Thursday and still have to prepare the turkey you might skip all together!)
- Drinksgiving: or visiting your local neighborhood bar as you go back home to celebrate Thanksgiving is “a tradition” for some. If you miss it, think of patronizing Mr. Pickwick or The Clubhouse where plenty of expats hangout.
- Thanks and Friendsgiving (a Thanksgiving with friends!). See how to source your meal in the list below. In addition, some 5-Star Hotels offer upscale alternatives, including the Intercontinental Geneva (think turkey breast stuffed with walnuts); and the Hotel Beau-Rivage which hosts the American International Club annual dinner and dancing gala.
- Black Friday: I can personally live without it, yet many Swiss sure are picking up the “Black Friday” habit. Various malls routinely offer mild shopping discounts on Friday after T-Day. Manor has made waves opening the doors earlier than usual, at 7:30 instead of 9:00. Mind you, there are no long lines or crazy shoppers running!
A Guide to Sourcing Your Local Thanksgiving Feast
If you are reading this post chances are that you are new to Geneva.
If that is the case, before we begin, let me give you some unsolicited advice: measure your oven up to the heating coil to make sure your turkey will fit in. Ovens in most rental apartments in Geneva are deceptively small. Be warned, turkeys cost twice as much in Geneva as they do in the US; however, they are fresh and you’ll taste the difference.
Last minute? Don’t panic, fresh turkey abounds. Find yours at,
- Aligro in Acacias, they have mastered catering to hurried US expats.
- Coop, in smaller supermarkets order one at the butcher counter or go directly to Blandonnet, CoopCity Fusterie and La Praille for pick-up ready turkey.
- Manor makes a few available on time for Thanksgiving.
- Migro,: in smaller supermarkets order one at the butcher counter or go directly to Migros in Balexert or La Praille where they have them in stock.
- Your local butcher (and if you’ve already made friends with him, he’ll sure give you a discount 😉
- Boucherie Molard, Globus or La Halle de Rive if money is no object. You’ll pay premium for your off-season turkey but this much pedigree you sure could show off during dinner 😉
- and in France, Jim’s British Market, E. Leclerc, Intermarché and La Mere Gaud — the latter delivers to Switzerland.
American Food Avenue in Cologny, the American Store together with Coop, Globus, Manor and Migros offer most fixings needed for T’day.
I have also listed some popular items in alphabetical order in case you’re looking for just one particular item:
Cranberries (fresh), sometimes sold as canneberges or airelles
- Aligro in Acacias
- Coop (Montbrillant and other hypermarchés)
- Ikea carries lyngonberries
- Migros (most supermarkets)
- at the Saturday outdoor market in Ferney-Voltaire, France, prior to T’Day
- at the Sunday outdoor market in Plainpalais, Geneva, prior to T’Day
Cranberry sauce (canned)
- the American Market,
- American Food Avenue in Cologny, (carries Ocean Spray)
- Migros (most supermarkets)
Cream of mushroom
- American Food Avenue in Cologny, (carries Campbell’s)
- the American Market, (carries Campbell’s)
- Most supermarkets carry them as well
- the American Market
- American Food Avenue in Cologny carries the real McCoy.
- Migros sells a very similar product to molasses.
- My American Market sells molasses online with delivery in France.
- Veda.ch, Ayurveda online store in Switzerland.
Sweet potatoes/Yams (canned) – fresh at any supermarket
Thank you for your readership. Happy Thanksgiving!