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wolfyy’s Paris gay guide to the best hotels, gay bars, clubs, things to do & the Paris gay district.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Paris, France

It’s easy to see why so many gay travelers love Paris. There’s a thriving gay scene, world-renowned food, and of course the luxurious and romantic ambiance!

Paris gay travelers

An enormous city with so many attractions and a ton of gay nightlife, Paris can also be intimidating. But this gay guide has plenty of helpful tips and recommendations to set you up for a great trip.

Paris gay travel guide
Paris gay travelers
Paris gay travel guide

I’ve actually met every gay Parisian I know while visiting other cities. Each of them loves Paris for a different reason.

For my friend Oded, Paris is a cultural and fashion paradise. He feels more at home here than in his hometown of Tel Aviv. The dark and gritty Paris gay nightlife is attractive to my friend Tom, and the financial opportunities keep my good friends Hervé and Ivan happy.

Here’s all the Paris gay travel info you’ll need, from where to stay to the best local gay clubs.

where to stay in Paris

Gay Paris: Hotels & Where to Stay

Paris is a huge city, so staying generally closer to the city center is always more desirable. Hotels in close proximity to metro stops are convenient too.

Paris gay district
where to stay in Paris
Paris gay district

I recommend staying in Le Marais, Paris’ well-known gay district. If this sounds like a good plan for you, then search for hotels in the 3rd Arrondissement or even hotels in the 11th Arrondissement. These areas comprise Le Marais.

Below are my top recommended hotels for Paris gay travelers.

Paris gay friendly hotel

Grand Hotel du Palais Royale

The Grand Hotel du Palais Royale is incredibly well-rated and surprisingly affordable. Their location is perfect for gay travelers since it’s close to Le Marais, yet also near big attractions like the Louvre.

Paris gay friendly hotel
grand hotel du palais royale
grand hotel du palais royale

I really love the huge glass showers in the rooms. They also have a steam room and sauna, which is perfect after a long day of touring Paris.

Hotel Bel Ami

Hôtel Bel Ami is an even more affordable option located right in the center of Paris. They’re a smaller hotel with a modern aesthetic. Facilities include a small fitness center and spa, which is pretty nice considering the property’s price point!

Four Seasons Hotel Georges V

The Four Seasons Hotel Georges V is an easy choice for luxury travelers with a sizable budget. If you want something romantic and classically Paris, the Four Seasons will blow your mind. 

Their spa, dining spaces, courtyard, and rooms all have stunningly detailed decor. It’s right near the Seine, close to the Arc de Triomphe.

More Paris Hotels I Recommend

Here are a few other fantastic hotels in Paris that are highly rated, centrally located, and affordable considering how stylish they are!

Hotel Bastille Speria

Hotel Bastille Speria

Saint James Hotel Paris

Saint James Paris

Hotel for Paris gay travelers

Hôtel Emile Le Marais

Generator Paris

Generator Paris

Apartments & Homestays in Paris

Overall, the most expensive accommodations will be close to major landmarks. To save a bit of money, look toward the nearest residential area that offers a local feel. You can also search for a quaint, authentic central Paris apartment rental.

Paris hotels for gay travelers

Luxury rentals in Paris curated by Plum Guide are the absolute best option if you’re looking superior quality. There’s a decent number of listings throughout the city.

Paris hotels for gay travelers
Paris vacation apartment rental
Paris vacation apartment rental

Paris Gay Travel Experiences

Grab Coffee at a Parisian Café

Cafés in Paris are notoriously elegant. My favorite in Le Marais is Le Café Suédois. With outdoor seating in a cobblestone courtyard surrounded by ivy-covered walls, it feels royal. Make sure you order some freshly baked pie and grab a coffee refill.

Visit the Paris Gay District

Stop by Legay Choc for some phallic-shaped treats if you find yourself in Le Marais in the morning. For more phallic-shaped food, go to Tata Burger, where you can find penis-shaped cheeseburgers! 

gay friendly restaurant in Paris
Paris gay neighborhood
gay friendly restaurant in Paris

While everyone knows the Le Marais gay neighborhood, many do not know that there are actually three sections. Each section of the gay district attracts varying amounts of gay tourists versus gay locals.

Paris gay neighborhood

Rue des Archives is the area with the most tourists. Most of the gay bars are here. Local gay French men tend to avoid this area unless they’re visiting to party.

Rue du Temple is just beyond here, which is less touristic and offers a calmer vibe with some shopping. Even further, Rue de Turenne is most popular with gay locals. Near Place de Vosges, this area of the gay district has a quieter and more relaxed vibe.

Paris restaurant
Le Marais Paris
Le Marais Paris

Ze Restoo is a decently priced restaurant in Le Marais. I enjoyed their food and how friendly the waiter was. Perfect during sunset or a nightly walk after dinner, don’t forget to spend at least a little time walking along the Seine.

Le Marais Paris

Go Shopping!

The best shopping in Paris is between Hôtel de Ville and Châtelet in my opinion. I also checked out some boutiques just north of here in Le Marais. My friend Oded took me shopping here and helped me pick out some new clothes. 

Paris gay travel
Paris gay travel
Paris gay district Le Marais

Visit Sacré-Coeur

Head to Sacré-Coeur for the best views of Paris! Climb to the top and enjoy the wonderful vistas. I did it in the middle of a snowstorm and don’t regret it one bit.

Paris gay district Le Marais

Outside the City Center: Porte D’Asnières & Porte de Clichy

Stop for coffee at Le Trebois Café if you find yourself near Porte D’Asnières. I strolled through this neighborhood after visiting Sacré-Coeur.

Le Trebois is a bare-bones coffee shop, but the espresso is delicious, there is strong wi-fi and you can most importantly observe local life.

Paris gay travel experience
Paris gay travel experience
Paris gay travel experience

In the Porte D’Asnières, Clichy and Porte de Clichy neighborhoods, you can easily escape the tourist hype and experience local life. I spent one day in these neighborhoods visiting friends and exploring the feel of the streets.

Authentically Experience Paris

Most importantly, tourism is not all about landmark counting! Often the most memorable experiences are not taking a selfie in front of a landmark, but discovering hidden spots and mixing in with the locals.

Paris gay travel experience

While it’s definitely easy to do so in Paris, I urge you not to be a landmark counter. Travelers expectedly plan to visit some “must-see” spots. However, don’t get too carried away just for the sake of saying you did it. Set aside some time to see the Paris that locals love.

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Paris Gay Bars & Clubs

Nearly all of the Paris gay bars are in the Le Marais gay district. There are a bunch to choose from, so you can afford to be picky!

Paris gay bar

Le Raidd Bar

Le Raidd is probably the most iconic gay bar in Paris. It’s a medium-sized high-energy Paris gay bar famous for their “shower show.” A completely naked dancer performs in a rain shower booth a few times per night. You won’t want to miss this!

Raidd Bar
Raidd Bar
Paris gay bar

The street level at Le Raidd is mostly for dancing and it gets pretty packed on the weekend. The bar’s lower level has lots of small lounge spaces, a smoking lounge, and a coat check. If you’re visiting in winter, arrive earlier to avoid long coat check lines.

Gibus Club

Gibus Club hosts some of the best gay parties in Paris. This club is a popular late-night and after-hours party spot, and the events here get pretty intense!

Paris gay club
Paris gay club
Paris gay sex party

The lights will be dim, the music will be loud, and the men will be sweaty. Some parties even have a dark room for cruising. Either way, be prepared to check your clothes, stripping down to just your sexy gay party gear.

party at Paris gay club

The club typically plays techno or trance-like music, but this will depend on the specific party.

Parties typically continue until 6 or 7 AM, so even more guys tend to show up here after all the regular gay bars close.

party at Paris gay club
Paris gay nightlife
Paris gay nightlife

Le Next Gay Cruising Bar

Le Next is one of the best spots for gay cruising in Paris. It’s an uninhibited 2-level after-hours bar and club with a live DJ where guys completely let loose. Inside you’ll find dark rooms, private cabins, a video room, showers, and of course a locker room to check your clothes.

They host different events every day of the week, usually starting at either 10 PM or midnight and continuing until the late morning hours.

Salle Wagram Papa Party

A planned event with friends, I attended an Eliad Cohen-produced Papa Party at the Salle Wagram. Many Parisians, Spaniards, and other northern Europeans danced the night away. 

Paris gay circuit party

The space is huge and I was stunned by how efficient the security and coat check were. I wish clubs in New York were more like this!

Paris gay party
Paris gay circuit party

Papa Party is just one of the many international circuit parties that tour in Paris. If you want to party, try to line up your trip with one of them.

Paris gay party

CUD BAR

I visited a Paris gay bar called CUD during a night out in Le Marais. Honestly, the venue wasn’t so impressive.

There didn’t seem to be any Parisians and the music was a bit strange. Perhaps skip CUD or save it for last!

Paris Gay Travel Tips

Gay Nightlife In Paris Isn't The Biggest

Gay Parisians don’t party as hard as other Europeans in my experience. Even though Paris has a ton of gay bars, the nightlife scene fizzles out much earlier than in other large cities like Madrid.

Louvre exhibit

Options tend to be a bit limited if you are looking for larger circuit party-style venues unless there’s a specific event happening.

Louvre exhibit
Louvre museum

Buying Paris Metro Tickets

The metro unlimited ride pass works on a weekly basis that starts on Monday. It is a bit strange in that the pass does not work on a rolling 7-day basis. Instead, all passes expire on Sunday evening, and on Monday, new unlimited passes begin. 

Buy single tickets until Monday comes and then get an unlimited if it is worth it for your stay.

Louvre museum
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Paris gay travel

Paris is Expensive!

Prices for goods and services in Paris are pretty much on par with other expensive cities. For many things, like coffee and clothing, your money won’t go as far.

On the other hand, wine is cheaper!

tips for visiting Paris

Paris Trip Planning Links

Flights: Trip.com is one of my favorite engines for clearly comparing the cheapest and shortest-duration flights.

 

Sightseeing: Viator and GetYourGuide are two of the most trusted and reliable platforms for tours and activities.

 

Hotels: I always use Booking.com, undeniably the world’s best hotel platform.

 

Hostels & Homestays: I’ve used Hostelworld dozens of times while backpacking. For vacation apartment rentals, VRBO or Airbnb will do.

 

Buses & Trains: FlixBus is my favorite company for bus travel. They always have clean buses with excellent Wi-Fi. Or, to compare different bus services, use Busbud.

 

Car Rentals: I have always had good experiences with Europcar. If you’re not sure which rental company you prefer, compare them with Discover Cars.

 

Travel Insurance: Insure your trip against delays, luggage mishaps, and medical issues with Travelex. Or compare plans from different providers using Aardy.

 

Swimwear: Look your best at the beach or hotel pool with wolfyy’s suggestions from top gay swimwear brands.

 

Luggage: Bring the right kind of luggage for your trip with ideas from my favorite suitcases, backpacks, and day bags.

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