Let’s all be thankful this year that we’re not in lockdown, confined to our homes, restricted by curfews, and separated from friends.
This year, on the fourth Thursday of November and throughout the weekend, INSPIRELLE is advocating Thanksgiving for everyone! Let’s expand this quintessentially American tradition to include someone you know who would enjoy partaking in this popular American holiday.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, nor overflowing with too many guests. We still, after all, are being careful even with our vaccines.
To help you plan, here are INSPIRELLE’s top picks to find that fresh elusive turkey and all the trimmings. You can cook yourself, order from a local caterer, join in a community center celebration, or enjoy a meal in a Parisian sit-down restaurant. This year, there are many ways to help us celebrate the meaning of living thankfully.
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 gravy)
- Pecan or pumpkin pies 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
When: Tues-Sun 11 am-8 pm.
The wholesale giant will be stocked with:
- 5kg and 12kg turkeys
- Cranberries, sweet potatoes, mac n’ cheese
- Traditional pecan 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 they 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 if they will roast your turkey on the spit for you the day you plan your Thanksgiving dinner. Most likely, they’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!
Learn how to prep a perfect turkey here or bake a pumpkin pie in France with local products.
Community Thanksgiving Gatherings
The three main English-speaking congregations in Paris are joining together to host a non-denominational community celebration. This special service, with a focus on gratitude and helping those in need, will be followed by a coffee and cookie reception. Note: A Pass Sanitaire and mask are required to attend.
Where: American Church in Paris, 65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
When: Thursday, Nov 25, 2021, 12:15 pm
Join the annual Thanksgiving dinner in the southwestern suburb of Paris at the Standard Athletic Club in Meudon. For expats and families, this convivial international English-speaking sports and community center is open to everyone this year who would like to enjoy a 3-course dinner prepared by one of our favorite caterers in Paris, Janine Springhall. You know the stuffed roast turkey, traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, and choice of desserts will be delicious plus you’ll meet many people from the international community. Entertainment for children is provided while you wine and dine!
Where: Standard Athletic Club in Meudon, Route Forestière du Pavé de Meudon, 92360 Meudon-la-Forêt
When: Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7 pm
Cost: 40 euros for adult members; 45€ for non-members, and children 25 euros
Reservations: Reserve before November 24, 2021. Click here to register.
This used book shop and lending library is joining in the fun with a true Turkey Day tradition: a viewing of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” accompanied by homemade pecan pie. A treat for the whole family.
Where: Bill and Rosa’s Book Room, 42 rue du Chemin Vert, Boulogne Billancourt
When: Thursday Nov 25, 2021, 1 pm – 6 pm
Caterers to do all the good cooking
Why not let a chef prepare your turkey meal with all the delectable fixings? Remember to place your orders by the deadlines to ensure your order is confirmed.
A favorite caterer to Paris’ international community, Janine Springall of l’Assiette de Paris, prepares amazing, full blown out holiday meals for your home entertaining. Contact her well in advance to ensure you can order her roasted citrus mustard turkey breast stuffed with apricots, cranberries and pecan stuffing or a herb-roasted Turkey with Pinot noir gravy, traditional herbed stuffing, cranberry sauce, choice of vegetable side dishes and traditional pumpkin or pecan pie.
Where: Delivery or pickup at 200 rue de la Verte Salle, 78630 Orgeval
When: Order early
Cost: TBD upon order
Reservations: online: Cook in Paris
Joyous Food comes to your home and your kitchen with pre-prep or prepared meals for you and your family! You can order a Thanksgiving prepared feast complete with wine or champagne (extra charge) and customize your dishes to special diets. Savor stuffed roast turkey served with green beans, creamy mashed potatoes and candied sweet potatoes. Top it off with the choice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie.
Where: Pick-up or delivery at 10€ available.
When: Order ASAP as Brittany still has availability
Reservations: by email at [email protected]
How about Thanksgiving with a French touch? Parisian caterers Louise and Clara are preparing a holiday takeaway meal that includes free-range roast turkey with apricot-chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes served with pumpkin and lime juice cream, and for a salad starter, crunchy cabbage with cranberries. Fabuleux! And the pièce de la resistance: pumpkin pie or Marrons glacé.
Where: 65 rue des Vignoles 75020 for pick-up
When: Deadline was November 15 but they will still accept orders based on availability.
Cost: 65€ per person
Reservations: by email at [email protected]
Restaurants offering Thanksgiving feasts in Paris
You don’t have to cook a turkey to enjoy one! Here’s the scoop on some great restaurants in Paris which are offering a full Thanksgiving feast for in-house dining or take-out delivery.
Iconic bakery owner Laurel Sanderson and her staff are extra thrilled to be doing a Thanksgiving menu for in-house dining at Treize this year after last year’s tasty take-out only offering. On the menu are organic roasted quail with herby stuffing, broccoli and cauliflower brillat gratin, garlicky green bean salad, sweet potato crumble, and a biscuit. To finish, a slice of pumpkin cheesecake, apple crumble pie or pecan pie. Treize is famous for its homemade lunch meals using free-range and organic products. Expect homemade goodness that will hit all the right spots.
Where: Treize Bakery, 5 rue de Medicis, 75006 Paris (near Luxembourg Gardens)
When: Thursday, November 25, 2021, and Friday, November 26, 2021
Reservations: Contact your favorite lunch ladies on their old school landline +33 (0)1 43 29 80 24 to reserve (or just to say hey!)
Sunday in Soho is well-loved for its amazing weekend brunch. For four years in a row, American/Canadian co-owners, Isabelle and Ali, are excited to continue the tradition with a unique Sunday Thanksgiving in the restaurant or delivered to the comfort of your own home. On the menu are spinach & artichoke dip crostinis, herb butter roast turkey roulade, oven-baked mac & cheese, sweet potato casserole, warm veggie stuffing, green bean casserole, mini cornbread puddings, fall kale salad, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin or pecan pie. Plus a few surprises!
Where: Sunday in Soho, 7 Rue Saint-Marc, 75002
When: Thursday, November 25, 2021, Friday, November 26, 2021, and Saturday, November 27, 2021; two services at 6:15pm and 9:15pm. Delivery order deadline is November 18, 2021 and delivery made between 6pm-9pm on the day before the date you choose. Delivery is 10 euros within Paris city limits, starting at 15 euros outside (within the Parisian region)
Cost: from 75€ (in-house dining) and from 55€ (delivery)
Reservations: Online RSVP, up to 6 people to a reservation
Treat yourself to a 2-hour three-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner and make it memorable with champagne and a pairing of three wines. Ô Chateau Wine Tasting and Wine Bar in the heart of Paris is preparing pumpkin soup, roast turkey, sweet potato purée and roasted sprouts and pecan pie with Tonka ice cream for dessert. For an extra treat, you can add foie gras for starters and upgrade your wines to premium.
Where: 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
When: Order now
Cost: 80€ per adult, 45€ for children
Reservations: online: O Chateau or telephone: +33 (0)1 44 73 97 80
Thanksgiving will not be canceled this year, as far as the team behind Zia and Milagro are concerned! As Americans living in Paris for a decade, they are looking forward to preparing a Thanksgiving meal for you as a takeaway or an in-house dinner from their two restaurants. You can expect a classic meal with turkey (mix of roasted turkey breast and confit turkey leg), sweet potato gratin, creamy mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, salad (kale, brussel sprout, & apple), green beans with toasted pine nuts & shallots, and a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
WHERE: Zia, 75 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris
Milagro, 85 Ave Bosquet 75007
COST: 50€ per person
WHEN: Pickup from Milagro on Thursday, November 25, 2021, Friday, November 26, 2021, and Saturday, November 27, 2021. Order by November 20, 2021.
Thanksgiving-themed meals will also be available at Zia that week.
RESERVATIONS: Online RSVP.
This hip neighborhood coffee shop and Asian canteen is run by the talented young team, Pearlyn Lee and Masterchef France winner Khánh-Ly Huỳnh. This year, the Hood Paris is offering a twist on some of their current signature dishes for Thanksgiving day. Treat yourself to an unforgettable fusion feast packaged with roasted chicken, and char siew sharing platters, mixed Chinese vegetables, heartwarming chicken rice broth and other treats. Comfort food served with vin chaud.
Where: The Hood Paris, 80 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75010 Paris
When: November 25, 2021 19h-22h
Cost: à la carte; approximately 35-40€ per person for mains + wine + dessert + shared starters
Reservations: For 4 persons and up for evenings and open for lunch. Reserve online: The Hood
After a two-year hiatus, this popular all-American diner continues its tradition of serving up a classic Thanksgiving meal. The menu includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, glazed sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Top it off with a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie.
Where: 17 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris
When: Thursday, November, 25, 2021; two seatings at 6pm and 8pm
Reservations: By email only at [email protected]
Surprise! This iconic concept store/restaurant on Paris’ most famous avenue is offering a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 25, 2021. To honor this great American celebration, chef Eric Frechon is cooking a special menu for the occasion, available on site or for delivery on the 25th only. The celebration starts with corn fritters followed by a creamy pumpkin soup with toasted chestnuts and hazelnuts sprinklers. Next is free-range stuffed turkey served with smooth foie gras mashed sweet potatoes (ooh!), basted with roasting juices. Complete the meal with traditional pecan pie. A selection of American (and other) wines are chosen by the chef, including Californian wines from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
Where: 133 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris
When: November 25, 2021 only
Cost: 70€ for two persons (excluding drinks) for in-person dining,
80€ for the at-home delivered meal
Reservations: Call +33(0)184.108.40.206.64 or email [email protected]
Special Thanksgiving treats!
INSPIRELLE partner Izzy’s, famous for its artisanal, plant-based drinks and snacks delivered right to your door, is also offering fresh-baked pies for the holiday. Choose between pumpkin or caramel apple – both totally vegan – to go with your Sup Fall cocktail or Lait du Tigre mocktail (among others). Quantities are extremely limited, so be sure to order ASAP.
When: Order by Nov 22, 2021 at 8 pm for delivery on Nov 25, 2021
Cost: 35€ per pie (serves 8 people)
Reservations: Reserve on Izzy’s website
American expat Jean Hwang Carrant offers special goodies for November like pumpkin nut cookies with brown sugar glaze. You can also get a jump on your Christmas shopping with her adorable and delicious Cookie Advent Calendar. Quantities are limited, so reserve yours via message on Jean’s Instagram and Facebook, or call the boutique with your order.
Where: 84 rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, Tel. +33 (0)1 42 33 67 38
When: Tues-Sat, 12 pm-6 pm
On top of their fabulous selection of classic homemade donuts, Boneshaker has special treats for November that include Pumpkin Crème Brûlée, Apple Pie, and Speculoos. They also have cans of pumpkin purée for sale. Read about Amanda Bankert’s love affair with donuts here.
Where: 77, rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris
When: Tues-Sat, 9 am-5 pm
Join Cordon Bleu-trained American pastry chef MollyJWilk in her charming kitchen in Versailles, from the comfort of your own kitchen, and learn how to bake a delicious Thanksgiving-themed dessert with a French twist. Virtual classes planned the week before the holiday include pumpkin macarons and caramel apple cheesecake tart. Read about Molly’s journey to becoming a French pastry chef here.
Where: Online via Zoom
When: November 18, 19 & 20, 2021 at 7 pm
Coffee shop, coffee roaster, and bakery all rolled into one, Ten Belles doesn’t need much of an introduction. They’ll be baking up two kinds of pies for Thanksgiving this year so all you need to decide is which one you’ll get. Brown butter pumpkin pie or salted caramel apple pie. Slices will be available in all three locations from November 25-28th or you can order yourself an entire pie. No, you don’t need to share.
Where: 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris,
53 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris and 17-19 Rue Breguet, 7501 Paris
When: Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28, 2021
Cost: 32€ for whole pie (serves 8 people)
Reservations: Pre-orders will be announced via Instagram a week before!
Chef, author and cooking teacher Jennifer Harting Lepoutre’s baked breads and pastry creations for France’s first 100% Gluten-free restaurant Noglu helped propel this establishment to fame in Paris. Now Lepoutre is offering pumpkin and pecan pies or apple crumble to sweeten up your Thanksgiving table. Gluten-free and lactose-free desserts available upon request.
Where: Atelier L Paris X Farfelu, 61 rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris
When: Pre-order now and have delivered for 15€ or pick-up between 12h-14h
Cost: From 28€ for pies
Reservations: by email: [email protected] or telephone: +33 (0)7 66 02 61 08
RELATED ARTICLES TO GET YOU INTO THE THANKSGIVING SPIRIT: