It’s a quintessentially 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, but 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 (or even Southern-style and vegan variations!).
Where to buy your turkey
Call them now or email 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 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 56 98 82 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Open 6 days per week 11 am-7 pm. Closed Monday
The wholesale giant will be stocked closer to Thanksgiving week with:
- 5kg and 8kg turkeys
- Fresh cranberries, pomegranates and persimmons
- Traditional apple and pumpkin pies
- American style dinner rolls and more…
Where: 3 ave de Bréhat, 91140 Villebon-sur-Yvette
When: Open Mon-Fri 10 am–9 pm, Sat 9 am–9 pm
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 5-7 kg (11-15 lbs) 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!
Community Thanksgiving Meals in Paris
The American Church in Paris offers its traditional Thanksgiving meal in two sittings on Saturday, November 30. Families with children can gather at 5 pm to enjoy turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Adults are served wine. (We are in France after all!) A film screening and children’s activities are also planned for a festive evening. A second full meal is offered at 20h30. Tickets are available online from November 2nd to 23rd.
Where: 65, Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
When: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. 5 pm for families with children and 8:30 pm
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.
This hip boutique hotel welcomes the talented young American chef Lisanna Wallance, author of the book Mes Secrets de Sorcières (Culinary Witch), to prepare an organic, gluten-free and vegan Thanksgiving buffet feast in its cozy restaurant. In addition to being a wicked chef, Lisanna is also an expert in food styling and creating immersive events. So get ready for a magical evening!
Where: Mob Hotel, 4-6 rue Gambetta, 93400 St Ouen
When: Thursday, 28 November 2019, from 7 pm
Cost: 55 € per person.
Reservations online HERE
For a festive Southern-style down-home meal, complete with specialty cocktails and your choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie, head to Treize Bakery near the Jardin de Luxembourg. Everything they serve is made in-house, with organic and free-range ingredients. For Thanksgiving, they are taking advance bookings for the 28th and the 29th of November. Let them know when you’d like to come, how many you’ll be, and your choice of dessert and they’ll send you a PayPal request to block your seats (reservations and payment are final).
Where: Treize Bakery, 5 rue de Medicis, 75006 Paris
When: Thursday, November 28, 2019, and Friday, November 29, 2019, apéro (48 €) at 7 pm and 7:45 pm–9:45 pm for sit-down dinner (55 €)
Reservations by email: email@example.com
Treat yourself to a 3-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner with 3 optional wine pairings at the exquisite Ô Chateau Wine Tasting and Wine Bar in the heart of Paris. Reserve this homemade holiday dinner and order a selection of premium wines for a special dinner with a French touch.
Where: 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
When: Thursday, November 28, 2019, 7 pm and 9 pm
Cost: 80€ for 3-course meal, 1 glass of champagne & 3 wines.
Reservations online HERE
Enjoy a traditional holiday meal at Joe Allen, one of Paris’ oldest American restaurants where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to New York. An appetizing menu gives a choice of roast turkey, baked ham or grilled marinated tuna steak for the main course. Several servings offered throughout the day from noon to 9 pm.
Where: 30 Rue Pierre Lescot, 75001 Paris
When: Wednesday, Nov. 27 to Friday, Nov 29, 2019
Cost: 50€ per person (entree, main, dessert, coffee & tea)
Reservations accepted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the spirit of this holiday, here’s a wonderful activity to celebrate the day. Sign up for a Thanksgiving-themed baking class or prepare a full Thanksgiving dinner (attention: their menu includes Cornish hen instead of turkey). Then enjoy your home-cooked delicacies with newfound friends. Classes are filling up quickly but organizers say those on a waiting list will be called when spots open up.
Where: 80 Quai de l’Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris
When: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019
Cost: 99€ for pastry baking class; 130€ for Thanksgiving Dinner
BOOK ONLINE HERE
This popular all-American diner in the 5th arrondissement is offering three seatings on Thanksgiving day for those far away from home.
Where: 17 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris
When: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm
Cost: 36,95 € for an apéritif, starter, main and dessert
Reservations by email: email@example.com