It’s a quintessential American tradition for families and friends to gather around a dinner table on the fourth Thursday of November to savor a roast turkey filled with tasty stuffing. Thanksgiving is an annual holiday that is celebrated by many American expats in France with friends who are lucky enough to be invited to this fall feast.
In the past, just finding that fresh elusive turkey to roast made the dinner all the more special. Today, not only can hosts buy a decent plump bird, the international community in Paris also has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from for a good old-fashioned turkey dinner with all the fixings.
Where to buy your turkey
- Order 3 to 10+ kilo turkeys online by Thursday, Nov. 17th
- Suppliers of fresh, farm-raised turkeys in France for nearly 30 years
- Also possible to order freshly-baked pumpkin and pecan pies
- Order their non-perishable items before Nov. 20th at their online store
Where: 20 rue Saint Paul, 75004 Paris, Tel: +33 (0)1 42 77 68 29
When: Open Tues-Sat 10:30am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 6pm
Call them now to order (up until the day before):
- delicious, juicy, farm-bred turkeys (you can ask them to roast it for you, too – comes with stuffing and the roasting juices), Pecan and pumpkin pies, carrot cakes and cheesecakes
- Large selection of Thanksgiving products: fresh cranberries, canned cranberry sauce, Stove Top stuffing mix, pumpkin pie filling, yams, turkey bags, basters and lots more…
Where: 194 Rue de Grenelle 75007 and 49 avenue Bosquet 75007 Paris.
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 56 98 82
When: Open 7 days per week 10am-8pm
Need some turkey tips? Check out our Gobbly Good Turkey Recipe
Your local butcher or volailler
Visit your local butcher now and order your “dinde”. Turkeys in France are smaller than what North Americans are used to. You’re lucky if he can provide you with a 5-7kg (11-15lbs) bird. And don’t be surprised if the turkey is not exactly as big or small as you ordered. If you know your French butcher well, ask him if he will roast your turkey on the spit for you the day you plan your Thanksgiving dinner. Most likely, he’ll be happy to stuff your bird with your homemade stuffing if you bring it to the shop before roasting begins. P.S.: keep this in mind for your Christmas holiday dinner too!
Restaurants serving Thanksgiving feasts in Paris
Prefer to relax and eat out? Here’s the scoop on some restaurants in Paris which serve up a Thanksgiving feast.
Online reservations are now open for a special dinner on featuring a Thanksgiving-themed set tasting menu and wine pairing. Reservations ONLINE.
Where: 5 rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
When: Wednesday Nov 23, Thursday Nov 24, Friday Nov 25, 2016 7pm-10pm
Enjoy a traditional holiday meal in one of Paris’ oldest classical American restaurants. An appetizing menu gives a choice of roast turkey, baked ham or grilled marinated tuna steak for the main course. Joe Allen is accepting email reservations now for the evening of Thanksgiving.
Where: 30 Rue Pierre Lescot, 75001 Paris
When: Thursday Nov 24, 2016
In the spirit of this holiday, here’s a wonderful activity to celebrate the day. Sign up for a cooking class and learn how to prepare an elegant Thanksgiving meal à la française. (Attention: menu includes roast chicken rather than turkey, but lots of other traditional dishes.) Then enjoy your home-cooked delicacies with newfound friends overlooking the Seine with a glass of champagne.
Where: 80 Quai de l’Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris
When: Thursday Nov. 24, 2016, 10am-1:30pm
The all-American diner in the 5th arrondissement is offering three seatings on Thanksgiving day for those far away from home. Reservations by email only:
Where: 17 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris
When: Thursday Nov. 24, 2016, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm
The dining room in this modern hotel is offering a refined, four-course Thanksgiving dinner including pumpkin soup and stuffed Turkey. Full menu and reservations on their website.
Where: 39 avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris
When: Thursday Nov. 24, 2016
Treat yourself this Thanksgiving to dinner at “a 5-star Parisian baby palace” a few steps from the Champs Elysées. Enjoy a five-course meal that includes a roasted turkey ballottine served with wood mushrooms, potato duo & cranberry sauce.
Where: 41 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75008 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 53 23 75 75
When: Thursday Nov. 24, 2016