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Thanksgiving in Paris

Haven’t sorted out your Thanksgiving holiday plans yet? No need to freak out. We’ve rounded up a few resources to help our American readers, as well as any locals who’ll be sharing the table this year.

Eating Out & Turkey To-Go

  • Breakfast in America will be hosting two seatings for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday at 6:30 and 9:30pm. Three courses plus aperitif for 32€ at 17 rue Lescot, 75005. Reservations by email only at bia.thanksgiving@gmail.com. Update: BIA is now fully booked but you can ask to be added to the waiting list.
  • Joe Allen will be serving a three-course meal with traditional Thanksgiving options (plus foie gras and Caesar salad) for 45€ on Thursday at 30 rue Pierre Lescot, 75010. Reservations at 01 42 36 70 13.
  • La Maison Mere will serve a special Thanksgiving menu on Thursday including pumpkin soup, turkey stuffed with (sweet potatoes and corn (huh?), cornbread, pecan pie and a special cocktail. Prices are à la carte – 6€ for soup, 19€ for turkey, 7€ for pie qnd 12€ for cocktail. Reservations at 01 42 81 11 00.
  • Ô Chateau will be hosting Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The usual prices apply (32€ for the three course meal & 65€ for the degustation menu including wine), but the menu will feature holiday favorites like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes & pumpkin pie. November 24-26 at 68 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001. Reservations by email at contact@o-chateau.com or by phone at: 01 44 73 97 80.
  • Le Saint-Martin will be serving a multi-course Thanksgiving meal, either at the restaurant or for takeaway, including carrot soup, roasted turkey, stuffing & mashed potatoes, green beans & squash, cranberry sauce, pumpkin bread, and three kinds of pie (apple, pecan, pumpkin). Available Thursday through Saturday (November 24-26) for 35€ per person at 25 rue Louis Blanc, 75010. Reservations by email at lesaintmartin@yahoo.fr or by phone at 01 46 07 73 78.

DIY (Ingredient Sourcing)

  • The aptly-named Thanksgiving – a shop which probably earns 80% of its annual revenue during this one week – is a good source for turkeys (farm-raised & ready to cook for 12€/kg or rolled & trussed turkeys for 14€/kg), desserts (pies & cheesecakes for 25-28€), and ingredients for baking & seasonal side dishes (canned pumpkin, jellied cranberry sauce, pecans, etc.). The shop is located at 20 rue Saint Paul, but turkeys and desserts need to be ordered in advance at 01 42 77 68 29. A good left-bank option for American ingredients is The Real McCoy at 194 rue de Grenelle, 75007.
  • Beyond the specialty shops, ingredients for most traditional side dishes are widely available in Paris markets and grocery stores. Granted, you might have to skip the canned pumpkin and go for authentic potiron, or forgo the Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup in favor of crème fraîche and wild mushrooms, but you should have no problem finding patates douces (sweet potatoes), courge butternut (squash), choux de Bruxelles (Brussel sprouts), haricots verts (green beans) and marrons (chestnuts). Pecans and cranberries (canneberge or the similar airelle) are trickier to find, although not impossible. And if you need inspiration regarding the best way to roast a turkey, behold the following:

* Thanks to our discussion forum members RandyDiaz, NancyLi, JohnTalbott, mbcraw4d and CroqueCamille for contributing information that was used in this article.

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20 thoughts on “Thanksgiving in Paris”

  1. I’m still here! Actually, my Monoprix swapped out the Cream of Mushroom for Cream of Asparagus last year. Don’t fret, they definitely have a Campbell’s variety of canned goods at La Grande Epicerie or the food section of Galeries Lafayette. I also noticed a Franprix in Neuilly had Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom in the foreign foods section.

  2. Hi Jenna,
    Maggie’s comment is from 2 years ago, so I’m not sure she’s around to reply. I personally have never seen cream of mushroom soup in Paris (Campbell’s), so I’m not sure it’s widely available. But I have to say, real creme fraiche and real wild mushrooms make a compelling counter-argument :)
    Happy thanksgiving,
    Meg

  3. Hello everyone, I am an American here in Paris with no family to celebrate this Holiday with. The only person I know in Paris is my boyfriend he is not American so he doesn’t understand Thanksgiving. I am only 21 so I haven’t really learned how to cook all the Thanksgiving stuff. This will be my first Holiday without family. Does anyone have any suggestions for me that would be more warming and comforting than a restaurant?

    Thank you!

  4. Oh no! So sorry about your pie experience, L. Thanks for reporting back – we’ll try to warn people off next year.

  5. Do NOT by your pie from The Real McCoy, avenue Bosquet, it’s outrageously expensive (35€) and not “home made” (frozen industrial pie), which i expected given the announced price !

    but that will be for next year of course…

    :-(

  6. “turducken”
    Shouldn’t it be dindardoule or dindardet in France?
    Whatever, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  7. I just picked up canneberge at the produce market at the corner of Rue Levis and Rue Legendre (Metro: Villiers), and they have at least 4 more. Each box is about a pint and costs 3€. Origin: USA :)

  8. The turducken at Desnoyer is one of the very best! Perceval even created a special edition of carbon fiber knives that are built to handle it.

  9. Just letting everyone know that they have big bags of Airelles at Picard in the holiday ‘selection du mois’ section. I find them to be a very suitable substitute if you, like me, are way too lazy to trek across paris to the Grande Epicerie.

  10. Melissa, I was just at the produce merchant on Rue Levis at Legendre (in the 17eme) and when I asked about canneberge (cranberries), they said they didn’t have them but could by tomorrow afternoon. I mentioned the reason, and though they were aware of the holiday, they’d just forgotten to stock up :) Maybe your local primeur can do the same for you. Bonne chance!

  11. I have heard tales of finding lone crates of cranberries hidden under red currants, but I’m having no luck. Any suggestions or confirmed sightings recently?

  12. Great list! I would also add that you can find Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup at any Monoprix, for a little over 2 eur a can. I always find it in the “foreign/American/British” food aisle.

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