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! 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.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Where to buy your turkey

The Real McCoy

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
  • 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. 

Costco

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 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 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. This year, the American Church is also participating in an interfaith Thanksgiving service midday on November 26. All faiths are welcome.

Where: 65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
When: Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 for interfaith Thanksgiving service, Saturday, Nov 26, 2022, 6:30pm-9pm for dinner
Cost: For dinner, 40 euros for adult and children 25 euros (cash and check only).
Reservations: Reserve before November 24, 2021. Click here for details.

Standard Athletic Club

This year, the friendly international English-speaking sports and community center in Meudon, southwest of Paris, opens its doors to members and non-members alike. Expats and their families can enjoy a 3-course dinner prepared by one of our favorite caterers in Paris, Janine Springhall. We’re talking delicious stuffed roast turkey breast, traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, and a choice of desserts. Plus you’ll meet many people from the international community. Entertainment for children is provided while you wine and dine!

Where: Route Forestière du Pavé de Meudon, 92360 Meudon-la-Forêt
When: Thursday, November 24 at 6:30pm-11:30pm
Cost: 40 euros for adult members, 45€ for non-members, and 25 euros for children
Reservations: Reserve before November 20, 2022. Click here to register.

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.

Joyous Food

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 bean casserole, creamy mashed potatoes and candied sweet potatoes. Top it off with the choice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie. See Joyous Foods’ Facebook page for menu and lists of sweets and pies that you can buy separately.

Where: Pick-up only at Châtelet
When: Order ASAP as Brittany has limited availability
Cost
: 50€ per person
Reservations
: by email at [email protected]

Louise et Clara Traiteur

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 apple-chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes served with lemongrass cream, and for a starter, roasted brussel sprouts with crunchy bacon. Fabuleux! And the pièce de la resistance: pecan pie.

Where: 65 rue des Vignoles 75020 for pick-up
When: Order by November 17, 2022 
Cost: 85€ per person (minimum order is for two people)
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.

Treize Bakery Café

Iconic bakery owner Laurel Sanderson and her staff are extra thrilled to be doing a Thanksgiving meal for in-house dining at Treize. 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 meals using free-range and organic products. Expect authentic goodness that will hit all the right spots.

Where: 5 rue de Medicis, 75006 (near Luxembourg Gardens)
When: Wednesday, November 23, Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, 2022
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

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 24 and Friday, November 25, 2022; two services at 6:30pm and 9pm (with an additional 4:30pm timeslot on Thursday). 
Cost: from 70€ 
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 24, 2022 (7:30pm-9:30pm or 9:30pm-11:30pm)
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 
COST: 50€ per person
WHEN: Thanksgiving Service at Milagro on Thursday, November 24, Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26, 2022.
Thanksgiving Chez Vous for pre-order and pickup at Milagro.

RESERVATIONS: Online RSVP

Breakfast in America

Now in its 19th 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: 46€ 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 offerings 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, 24, 2022
Cost: 90€ per person
Reservations: Online RSVP

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Special Thanksgiving treats!

Izzy’s Paris

INSPIRELLE partner Izzy’s, famous for its artisanal, plant-based drinks and snacks, is busy getting its first cocktail bar off the ground. But the team is making time to whip up their iconic Pumpkin pies and killer Scarborough Fair margaritas for pick up in the 10th or 7th arrondissements. Quantities are extremely limited, so be sure to order ASAP.

When: Order by Sunday, Nov 20 at 8pm for pick up on Nov 24, 2022
Cost: 35€ per pie (serves 8 people)
Reservations: Order on Izzy’s 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, Boneshaker has special treats for November that include Pumpkin Crème Brûlée, Pumpkin Cake, and Cinnamon Rolls. Order in advance to make sure they don’t run out. Read about Amanda Bankert’s love affair with donuts 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 a cooking school from her charming kitchen in Versailles. Although registration is currently closed, recipes for her Pumkin Ginger Cookies and Pumpkin Spice Syrup are available on her site, with more recipes to be found in her hit cookbook, French Pastry Made Simple. You can also get a  jump on your holiday baking with in December with her virtual classes where you’ll learn to make wreath macaroons, classic Christmas cookies, Bûche de Noël and more. Read about Molly’s journey to becoming a French pastry chef here.

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

Ten Belles

Coffee shop, coffee roaster, and bakery all rolled into one, Ten Belles doesn’t need much of an introduction. This year, they’ll be baking up delicious pies for Thanksgiving like brown butter pumpkin pie or salted caramel apple pie, both using 100% einkorn flour, known for being nutritious and easy-to-digest.

Where: 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris,
53 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris, and 17-19 Rue Breguet, 75011 Paris

When: Pies are available to from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th
Cost: from 36€, serves 6-8 people
Reservations: Preorder online
24h in advance, pick up from one of their three locations

Atelier L 

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, apple crumble, and carrot cake to sweeten up your Thanksgiving table. Gluten-free and lactose-free desserts available upon request.

WhenA least 48 hours in advance
Cost: From 30€ for pies
Reservations: Order from their e-shop 


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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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