That time out year is here: Halloween has passed and now us Americans can look forward to our annual Thanksgiving feast, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November (this is the time when I ignore all those Christmas decorations here in Paris that have already popped up!). As both an American and a major foodie, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. 🦃
Cooking a Thanksgiving meal at home for friends and family can be quite overwhelming, even more so when you’re abroad and your local supermarkets do not have the key ingredients you need! Not planning on cooking? No problemo; There are also many restaurants in Paris that host Thanksgiving. I have prepared a list of addresses and information so that you will be all set for this year’s feast!
🦃 Grocery Stores & Butchers
Luckily in Paris, there are a handful of options (below)! Keep in mind, the stores Thanksgiving (Marais area) as well as L’Épicerie Anglaise (République area) are permanently closed. 😥
1.) The Real McCoy
They actually have a “Thanksgiving bag” that contains ingredients for cooking a Thanksgiving meal for 6!
Call them now or email to order (up until the day before):
They have delicious, juicy, farm-bred turkeys (you can ask them to roast it for you, too – comes with stuffing and the roasting juices).
They also have pecan and pumpkin pies, carrot cakes and cheesecakes as well as a large selection of Thanksgiving products: fresh cranberries, canned cranberry sauce, Stove Top stuffing mix, pumpkin pie filling, yams, turkey bags, basters and a lot more. I’ve included some useful photos from inside the shop below!
Location: 194 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 56 98 82
Hours: Open 7 days per week 10am-8pm
Starting mid-month, this wholesale giant is stocked with 5kg and 8kg turkeys.
They also have:
– Fresh cranberries, pomegranates and persimmons.
– Traditional apple and pumpkin pies.
– American style dinner rolls and more…
Location: 3 ave de Bréhat, 91140 Villebon-sur-Yvette
Hours: Open Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm
3.) Smaller store selections to check out:
You can find some Thanksgiving products at Marks & Spencer (many locations throughout Paris — I bought some Turkey gravy there last week), In Good We Trust (67 rue Quincampoix and online) and at La Grande Épicerie.
4.) Your local butcher or volailler
I know of expats who are friendly with their local butchers and order their Thanksgiving turkeys (including cooked) through them. Keep in mind that the turkeys here will probably be much smaller, so I would ask your butcher about it. Consider yourself lucky if your butcher can provide you with a 5-7kg (11-15lb) bird. I’ve also heard that some sell their own French-style stuffing as well!
5.) Order Online
🦃 Restaurants serving Thanksgiving feasts in Paris
You may very well prefer to relax and eat out. Luckily, Paris is a metropolitan city with many American expats, so there are some options! ✱✱✱ Make sure you call/email and reserve. ✱✱✱
1.) Breakfast in America (Thanksgiving reservations by email only: email@example.com)
Where: 17 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris
When: Thursday Nov. 28, 2019, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm (double check this info though!)
2.) Hotel Edouard 7
Full menu and reservations on their website: https://www.hoteledouard7-paris.fr/evenements-paris-opera
Where: 39 avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris
When: Thursday Nov. 28, 2019
3.) Joe Allen (Thanksgiving reservation by email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Where: 30 Rue Pierre Lescot, 75001 Paris
When: Thursday, Nov 28, 2019
4.) La Cuisine Paris
Here you can sign up for a cooking class on Thanksgiving! Although their menu is more of a French-style feast, it’s still pretty neat! Website: https://lacuisineparis.com/paris-cooking-classes/french-dinner-classes/french-holiday-cuisine/15850
Where: 80 Quai de l’Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris
When: Thursday Nov. 28, 2019, 4 pm – 8pm (double check for 2019!)
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 51 78 18
5.) Ô Chateau Wine Tasting and Wine Bar
Where: 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
When: November 27 and 28, 2019, 19h and 21h (double check for this year)
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 73 97 80
6.) Hard Rock Café Paris
On the menu this year is corn soup and turkey with cranberries, veggies and gravy. Pumpkin pie for dessert.
Where: 14 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009
When: November 28, 2019
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 24 60 00
7.) Gourmet Café
Often during or near Thanksgiving, this vegetarian café is hosting a meat-free Thanksgiving meal from 6:30PM to 11PM. Reservation by email: email@example.com
Where: 24 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 43 48 49
The list goes on! A few other places include: Restaurant La Fayette (3 place du Général Kœnig, Paris 17e), Le Relais du Parc (55-57 Avenue Raymond Poincare, Paris 16e), Promenade Newyorkais (44 rue du Louvre, Paris 1er), Harry’s Bar (5 Rue Daunou, Paris 2e) and Saint-Martin (25 rue Louis Blanc- Paris 10e).
As you can see — from speciality American supermarkets, to ordering November turkeys, to dining out — Paris has got you covered! I hope you have found this information useful.
If you have any additional information to update us with, feel free to share via the comment section below! 🦃