Gay Paris

The guide to "Gay Paree"


They don't call it "Gay Paree" for nothing -- the gay scene is open and thriving in the French capital. It elected an openly-gay mayor in 2001 (the first capital to do so), its gay pride parade in June just gets bigger and bigger each year (it may very well attract one million people), and the Marais remains one of the gayest neighborhoods on the planet. That neighborhood is, naturally, one of the most pleasant and fashionable parts of town, offering dozens of gay, gay-friendly, and straight-friendly cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs. On a typical evening, groups meet at a café, go for long dinners and end up clubbing at midnight.



Gay Bars


Open Café

A popular meeting place with heated terrace seating, it’s the ideal spot to people-watch, even in winter. The weekend brunch is great, as are the usual salads, sandwiches, and cakes.
Facebook Page: OpenCafeParis

Banana Café

This bar has a tropical look and has remained popular over the years thanks to its go-go dancers...
Website: club-banana-cafe.com

Cox

This cruisy bar is in business since 1995. It’s the place to go before hitting the clubs, although the resident DJ often makes everyone stay all night long.
Website: www.cox.fr

El Hombre

Despite the Spanish name, this isn’t a latin-themed bar, it’s more of a cave for bears. It does serve tapas along with the drinks, but it’s a bar to hear a variety of musical styles in the company of friends, bear or not.
Website: elhombre.paris

Freedj

Different DJs spin different tunes throughout the week at this bar with a small dance floor. On weekends the crowd tends to spill out to the street.
Website: www.freedj.fr

Raidd

Late in the evening, everyone goes crazy at this bar with its shower shows. Hunky guys get in a tank and show off their bodies as everyone watches and drools. A must when you’re in Paris.
Facebook Page: RaiddBarParis

Sly Bar

Featuring a small outdoor terrace, this is a bar for people watching in the evening or late at night. There are nights of karaoke and DJs on weekends.
Facebook Page: Sly-Bar-Club


Gay Clubs


Cud

The place to be after bar-hopping on weekends, this club is also open on weekdays for special theme nights.
Facebook Page: cudbar

Gibus Club

This club throws parties that attract guys of all ages to its two dance floors. The music is selected by its resident and guest DJs, and can go from Madonna and Lady Gaga remixes to the latest club hits.
Website: www.gibus.fr


Cruising Clubs


Full Metal

If leather, rubber, sportswear, uniforms or underwear are any of your fetishes, head to this club in the heart of the Marais, which has a different theme for every day of the week. Uninhibited men get together in the two dark rooms and cabins, or just enjoy a few drinks at the bar.
Website: www.fullmetal.fr

Le Depot

Cruising and dancing are the main activities at this club for over two decades now. DJs select house and trance music for the dancefloor on the ground level, while the basement is for fun in the dark.
Website: www.ledepot-paris.com

L'Impact

You can’t be shy if you step into this red-hot club. Clothes come off at the entrance, and from there everyone goes through the stone interior divided into bar, smoking room, cabins and maze.
Website: www.impact-bar.com


Saunas


Euro Men's Club

One of the best-established saunas, it includes a jacuzzi, a pool, and a bar on three levels.
Website: e-m-c.fr

Gym Louvre Paris

Doubling as a gym and sauna, it provides a Finnish dry sauna, hammam, private and common showers, and massage services. The name derives from its very central location close to the Louvre.
Website: www.gymlouvre.com

IDM Sauna

This large sauna spread over four levels includes a gym, an extra-large hammam, jacuzzi, dark room, slings, and private cabins.
Website: www.idm-sauna.com

Le King Sauna

In business for four decades now, this sauna features a hammam, dry sauna, cabins, a lounge, and common showers.
Website: www.kingsauna-lpa.fr

Sun City

Featuring a curious Indian-themed interior, this huge sauna offers a gym, an indoor swimming pool, a cinema, steam room, jacuzzi, and dark room.
Website: www.suncity-paris.fr


Gay-Friendly Restaurants


Le Gai Moulin

In business for three decades, this restaurant close to the Pompidou Center has always been gay-friendly, and is a good dining choice, serving traditional French cuisine.
Facebook Page: GaiMoulinBistro


Gay Hotels


Apostrophe Hotel, Paris
Apostrophe Hotel

Despite the 3-star rating, this is a fabulous place to stay if you’re looking for unique design. Each room is different, but all inspired by street art and literature.

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Jules & Jim Hotel, Paris
Jules & Jim Hotel

The location in the heart of the Marais district naturally attracts a number of gay guests, as do the views of Paris’ rooftops and the stylish interior. They also enjoy the cocktails at the bar or on the terrace and courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.

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Hotel Keppler, Paris
Hotel Keppler

Want to wake up with a view of the Eiffel Tower? Choose this 4-star hotel which is divided into rooms and suites. Some of them have a balcony or terrace, and are a good value when compared to similar properties in Paris.

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Le 20 Hotel, Paris
Le 20 Prieuré Hotel

For the boutique hotel experience at a lower price, check into this 3-star hotel with rooms featuring contemporary design and large images of Paris. The staff is friendly and used to welcoming gay guests.

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Gay Tours


Gay Paris and the Marais Gayborhood

Get to know the gay side of Paris on a unique tour that takes you through the Marais, exploring the best bars, restaurants and shops that welcome LGBT locals and travelers, while also getting to know France's queer history and influencial gay and lesbian personalities.

Gay Paris Tour


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