Montpellier Gay Travel
Montpellier gay travel tips on where to stay, nightlife, things to do and gay life in the south of France.
The Gay Travel Experience: Montpellier, France
Montpellier is a glorious and welcoming southern France city. It’s a must-visit if you’re traveling the coast!
My experience visiting Montpellier was quite unique in that it was the first time I tried gay Couchsurfing. Starting out my solo gay travel adventure, I figured “why not?”
A wonderful host quickly accepted my request and I stayed with him along with a German traveler. He welcomed me into his home and showed me an authentic Montpellier experience.
Gay Montpellier: Where to Stay
Montpellier is a relatively small city, but the city center boasts quite a bustle. I was passing through Montpellier on my way to Barcelona, and stayed for a few short days.
I stayed quite far from the city center, closer to Saint-Éloi, northwest of the city center. However, given how far I was away from the city center, public transport was fantastic!
My recommendation would be to stay nearby the Montpellier city center, but not directly in it. From my explorations, I would say that areas north of the city center are prettier, while areas to the south are more so under development.
Montpellier is a smaller city, so there is expectedly no gay neighborhood. Montpellier is France’s fastest growing city and so there is a ton of buildings under construction in the south of the city. Maybe one day we will see a gay area!
Montpellier Gay Travel Experiences
The Jardin des Plantes was one of my favorite things to do in Montpellier. It’s a free outdoor garden with a variety of plant species. They had a few flowers I had never seen before, a greenhouse with cacti and plenty of seating to take in the peaceful surroundings.
While they don’t have an official website, a Montpellier travel site has more information on the Montpellier Jardin des Plants Botanical Garden, including how to get there, hours and more.
Broc Café is right across the street from the garden. They have delicious burgers as well as other good snacks and great espresso. The outdoor seating is great to take in some sun. They also have Wi-Fi.
Visit La Promenade du Peyrou
For some sightseeing, there is no better place to stroll than La Promenade du Peyrou. La Promenade du Peyrou is one of the best places to visit in Montpellier.
Here you can take in wonderful vistas of the city from an elevated promenade. There are plenty of areas to sit and enjoy a snack. Across the street is the Arc de Triomphe.
Heading toward the Arc de Triomphe from La Promenade du Peyrou and continue walking, you will pass dozens of high-end stores and coffee shops. I had a lovely afternoon window shopping and watching the locals.
Need some coffee or just a place with great Wi-Fi? Head to Koffee & Kitchen. They have an entire second floor with a modern setup, catering to students and professionals with coffee and lunch food.
Montpellier is filled with students, and so I followed suit with my local gay student host. He introduced me to many of his local gay friends that attend the University of Montpellier with him. Everyone was welcoming and accepting. I had a blast!
During my couple of days, I experienced a small variety of bars and a house party with local students.
The Black Cat is a bar located close to the city center and has a large open seating area outside where you can drink all night long.
This bar is perfect for large groups because when you go to pay, you simply tell them a count how many drinks you’ve had. It’s way easier than splitting a bill with between a group.
Montpellier Gay Travel Tips
Trams and buses in Montpellier are excellent. They run until about midnight. Late at night, it will be hard to come by a street taxi, so plan ahead for how you will return home.
Don’t try to board a tram without a ticket. In multiple instances, I have seen officers board the tram checking to see if everyone has validated their ticket. It’s a cheap ticket, so just buy a few at once so you have them ready.
Traveling between cities in France is quite convenient by bus. I traveled all around the Mediterranean coast using Flixbus buses, which are almost always exactly on time, comfortable, civilized and safe. They’re also pretty cheap. Book your ticket!
France LGBT Rights
Congrats France! You’re one of the gay-friendliest countries in the world! France repealed old sodomy laws back during the French Revolution in the late 1700’s. Today, same-sex couples can adopt children. Proudly, France was the first country in the world to declassify being transgender as a mental illness!