Satisfy Your Thanksgiving Turkey Cravings in Paris

Satisfy Your Thanksgiving Turkey Cravings in Paris

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Let’s all be thankful this year for friends and family all over the world.

This year, on the fourth Thursday of November and throughout the weekend, INSPIRELLE is advocating Thanksgiving for everyone! In these turbulent times, it makes sense to honor a tradition created in the spirit of gratitude and togetherness.

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.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Where to buy your turkey

The Real McCoy

Call them now or email to order:

  • Delicious, juicy, farm-bred turkeys (you can ask them to roast it for you, too – comes with stuffing and gravy)
  • Pecan or pumpkin pies
  • 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 (open Nov 13 and Nov 20)

Costco

The wholesale giant will be stocked with:

  • 5kg and 12kg turkeys
  • 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 and Zac Les 4 Chênes, 35 route de Paris 77340, Pontault-Combault
When: Open Mon-Fri 10 am–9 pm, Sat 9 am–9 pm,
Sun 8 am-12 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!) For more goodies from the US, check out the classic sides, sauces and ingredients available from My American Market or In Good We Trust.

Learn how to prep a perfect turkey here or bake a pumpkin pie in France with local products.

meaning of Thanksgiving
First Thanksgiving, 1621 by artist Jean Louis Gerome Ferris. © WIkimedia Commons

Community Thanksgiving Gatherings

American Church in Paris

Every year, the American Church in Paris opens its doors to the public for a special traditional Thanksgiving dinner and an evening of conviviality. Families are welcome to join in the celebration and feast on roast turkey and all the favorite holiday side dishes. 

Where: 65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
When: Thursday, Nov 23, 2023 for interfaith Thanksgiving service, Saturday, Nov 25, 2023, 7pm for dinner
Cost: For dinner, 45 euros for adults; 25 euros for children (5 to 11), 4 and younger are free (cash and check only).
Reservations: Tickets on sale at the church reception during coffee time on Nov 5, 12 & 19 November, 2023. For more information, call: +33 (0)1 40 62 05 00

American Club in Paris

A black-tie Thanksgiving gala hosted by the oldest American private club in Paris at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature) in the Marais. On this special evening, Americans and expat non-members are invited to the pre-dinner champagne cocktail followed by a full Thanksgiving dinner and after-dinner drink to meet and forge new relations.

Where:  Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, 60 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris
When: Friday, November 24 at 7:30pm
Cost: 160 euros for members, 190€ for non-members
Reservations: Places are limited (and very sought-after) so early registration is recommended   
Dress code: Evening attire (black tie optional)  

Thanksgiving dinner

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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 they don’t run out.

L’Assiette de Paris

Order now for Janine Springall’s special roasted citrus-mustard turkey breast that is stuffed with apricots, cranberries, and pecans. Sides include green bean casserole with a choice of sweet potato, potato-leek gratin, or mashed potatoes. Turkey gravy and cranberry sauce are also included, plus a choice of pecan or pumpkin pie to top off this tasty menu.

Where: Delivery or pick-up
When: Reserve ASAP
Cost: 25€ per person
Reservations: By email or phone (+33 6 30 33 92 22)

The House of Cakes

Margie Vasquez of House of Cakes has prepared a fabulous Thanksgiving menu that includes a serving of slow-roasted turkey, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and a selection of two side dishes (sweet potato or green bean casserole, stuffing, and cornbread). Finish the meal with her famous pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie.

Where: By delivery
When: Order by Monday, November 13, 2023 
Cost: 65€/person or 125€/2 people
Reservations: Send a message via Instagram or Whatsapp  (+33 (0)6 52 41 95 58)

Joyous Food

Joyous Food comes to your home and your kitchen with baked goods that can be frozen and reheated or thawed for you and your family! A preorder menu will be available the week of November 6. See Joyous Foods’ Facebook page for details and lists of sweets and pies you can buy separately.

Where: Pick-up only at Châtelet
When: Order ASAP as Brittany has limited availability
Reservations
: by email at [email protected]

Louise et Clara Traiteur

Renowned Parisian caterers Louise and Clara traditionally prepare a holiday takeaway meal that includes free-range roast turkey with a French touch. This year, there’s been a small problem with their supplier and as of November 6, they were still looking for a new source. In the meantime, they are requesting that people contact them for updates and availability.

Where: 65 rue des Vignoles 75020 for pick-up
When: TBD
Cost: TBD
Reservations: By email at [email protected]

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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.

Sunday in Soho

Sunday in Soho is well-loved for its amazing weekend brunch. For five 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. 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: 7 Rue Saint-Marc, 75002
When: Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2023; check the website for service times.  
Cost: from 75€ 
Reservations: Online RSVP, for groups of more than 8 please email: [email protected].

Ô Chateau

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:  Thursday, November 23, 2023 (7:30pm-9:15pm or 9:30pm-11:15pm)
Cost: 80€ per adult, 45€ for children
Reservations: Online RSVP or telephone:
+33 (0)1 44 73 97 80

Milagro

As Americans living in Paris for over a decade, the team behind Milagro are looking forward to preparing a Thanksgiving meal for you as a takeaway (“Thanksgiving Chez Vous”) or an in-house dinner. 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: 85 Ave Bosquet, 75007 
When: Thanksgiving Service at Milagro on Thursday, November 23, Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25, 2023.
Thanksgiving Chez Vous for pre-order and pickup at Milagro.

Cost: 50€ per person
Reservations: Online RSVP

Breakfast in America

Now in its 20th year, this popular all-American diner continues its tradition of serving up a classic Thanksgiving meal. And good news, this year they’ll be offering it at both BIA locations: BIA Le Marais and BIA Le Quartier Latin. 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 American pie, pumpkin, apple, or pecan. 

Where: 17 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris and 4 rue Malher, 75004
When: Thursday, November, 24, 2022; two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm
Cost: 54€ per person
Reservations: By email only at [email protected]

ChoCho

Feel like discovering the diversity of American gastronomy through classic dishes with a twist? At ChoCho – the amazing restaurant in the 10th arrondissement – a Thanksgiving-exclusive 7-course menu will be cooked by American chef Thomas Chisholm. The inventive offering includes mini corn crab cakes, truffled macaroni and cheese, roasted turkey, and iced pumpkin pie. 

Where: 54 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
When: Thursday, November 23, 2023
Cost: 95€ per person
Reservations: Online RSVP

Treize Bakery Café

This year, Treize restaurant is thrilled to be doing a Thanksgiving meal at all three of their locations: Treize au Jardin (for up to 6 people), Treize au Clubhouse (for up to 15 people), and Treize au Bois (for larger groups). The menu starts with amuse bouches and a glass of Piper Heidseck label rouge champagne, before moving on to a turkey roulade or vegetarian main dish, accompanied by cornbread stuffing, portabello mushroom gravy, cranberry orange relish, and sides like brocolis brillat gratin, sweet potato crumble, and rosemary potatoes, plus their famous biscuits or cornbread. Finish off the gourmet meal with a trio of classic pies: apple, pumpkin, and pecan.

WhereTreize au Jardin, 5 rue de Medicis, 75006; Treize au Clubhouse, 5 Av. de la Porte Molitor, 75016 Paris; Treize au Bois, All. Fortunée 10 Rte du Point du Jour à Bagatelle, Rte de Boulogne à Passy 1re à gauche, 75016 Paris
Cost: 65€/person
When
Monday, November 20 through Sunday, November 26, 2023
Reservations: Book via the website 

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Special Thanksgiving treats!

12 Cakes Paris   

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 has opened her own cake shop/café and is offering pumpkin and pecan pies, apple crumble, cheesecake, carrot cake and other American style desserts to sweeten up your Thanksgiving table. Gluten-free and lactose-free desserts available upon request.

Where/When: Order a minimum 48h in advance via the website

Cookie Love by Jean Hwang Carrant

American expat Jean Hwang Carrant offers special goodies for November like pumpkin nut cookies with brown sugar glaze and beautifully decorated turkey sugar cookies by @katmakescookies. 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, Tel. +33 (0)1 42 33 67 38
When: Tues-Sat, 12 pm-6 pm

Boneshaker Donuts

On top of their fabulous selection of classic homemade donuts, this year, Boneshaker is offering Thanksgiving Dessert Boxes with four seasonal donuts: Aunt Yuki (pumpkin pie crème brulée), Pecan Pie, Apple Pie and Cranberry Sauce. The boxes are available by pre-order only via their website. For more about Amanda Bankert’s love affair with donuts, check out her new Voilà Vegan pastry cookbook here!

Where: 77 rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris
When: Tues-Sat, 9 am-5 pm

Baking with Molly J Wilk!

Cordon Bleu-trained American pastry chef MollyJWilk runs an online pastry school, in-person classes and live Zoom classes from her charming kitchen in Versailles. For Thanksgiving, why not up your pie game with her Pie Crust Master Class featuring Cranberry Apple Cheesecake Pie or try your hand at decadent Maple Pecan Macarons? You’ll also find recipes for delicacies like Pumpkin Ginger Cookies and Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl bars on her site and more in her cookbook, French Pastry Made Simple. Read about Molly’s journey to becoming a French pastry chef here.

Where: Online via Zoom
When: Check her website for more information


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11 COMMENTS

  1. Hi there, just in case anyone knows: are there vegetarian turkey roast options that can be ordered and delivered (or picked up) in Paris? Our eldest daughter is coming home for Thanksgiving, is vegetarian…
    Thanks for any tips! Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Hi Susan! How are you? I’ve ordered mine from Gabriella Poupel, an adorable young enterprising Baker and daughter of a girlfriend (Senior in high school), see her website: https://www.gabriellasdelicious.com
      She’s done a great job for me in prior years, very professional.
      Have also ordered from Real McCoy in the past.
      Warm regards,
      Deyi

    • Milligramme Boulangerie in the 19th (near parc du buttes chaumont) has excellent pumpkin pies, pecan pies, carrot cake etc in addition to delicious bread.
      Just 2 door down is Ginko Patisserie. Originally from L.A., Japanese American pastry chef met her partner at the hotel Bristol. They opened this fabulous shop together just last spring.

  2. This is so helpful! I love that you included places that serve Thanksgiving meals out. I wrote my own guide to find all the ingredients and cooking supplies for hosting a Thanksgiving in Paris. It also includes the key French expressions you need to say yo the butcher, and even a pre-written letter to your French guests explaining the holiday to them. You can find it here: http://bonjouradventure.com/2017/11/how-to-thanksgiving-in-paris/ I’d love to know what you like to include in your Thanksgiving menu!

    • Merci Tammy for sharing your guide and your letter for explaining Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect holiday to cross the cultural bridge and bring people together!

  3. Hello,

    We are a french butcher/deli shop in Paris center and we may have the turkey you’re looking for!

    Thanksgiving is today…and we’ve got your back !

    – Uncooked whole turkey & stuffing (3/4kg minimum): 16€ per kilo
    – Cooked + gravy: add 15€ total
    (Ex: 3,7kg cooked turkey with stuffing+gravy, 6 to 8 people : 75€)

    Today (tuesday Nov 24th) we have plenty of
    – Cooked & sliced turkey with stuffing + gravy sauce 16€/ per portion (you just have to reheat and eat)

    – Butternut pie 3€/ pp
    – Smashed sweet potatoes 3€/ pp

    Preorder at least a day before your dinner. Come at the store on Thursday 24th or send us a PM asap

    JEUSSELIN
    37 rue Cler, 75007
    0145512274

    • Thank you so much for your information on where to get a stuffed turkey. We hope you prepare the birds and offer all the same great
      festive side dishes for the holiday festiveal as well!

    • Great. What time will you have the pre cooked portions available to pick up? Will need one.
      “– Cooked & sliced turkey with stuffing + gravy sauce 16€/ per portion
      – Smashed sweet potatoes 3€/ pp”

      Thank you 🙂

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