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Paris gay travel 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 travel

An enormous city with so many attractions and a ton of gay nightlife, Paris can also be intimidating. But with the help of the recommendations in this Paris gay guide, you’ll be set for a great trip.

Paris gay travel guide
Paris gay travel
Paris gay travel guide

I’ve actually met every gay Parisian I know while visiting other cities. One in Tel Aviv, two in Barcelona and one in Maspalomas. 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. The financial opportunities keep my good friends Hervé and Ivan happy.

Now, here’s all the Paris gay travel info you’ll need from where to stay to gay clubs.

Gay Paris: Hotels & Where to Stay

Before reading the hotel suggestions below, keep in mind that your hotel’s location is important for a good experience. If you pick a place that is too isolated, traveling from one place to the next can be difficult.

Paris gay district
where to stay in Paris
Paris gay district

Hotels in close proximity to a Paris Metro station are best unless you plan to splurge on taxis. The metro is cheap and expansive enough to get you just about everywhere you could want to go.

where to stay in Paris

Le Marais Hotels

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.

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

Hotel 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.

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

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.

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 vacation apartment rental

Paris Gay Travel Experiences

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
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.

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
Paris gay area
Paris gay area

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.

gay travel paris ze 1

Things to Do in Paris: Shopping & Viewpoints

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. 

things to do in Paris
things to do in Paris
Paris gay travel district Le Marais

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 travel 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.

Paris gay travel experience

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

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. Check the Gibus Facebook page for the latest scheduled events.

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 travel nightlife
Paris gay travel 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 afterhours 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 Papa Party featuring Netta 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 Travel Tips

Local Parisians don’t party as hard as other Europeans in my experience. There are tons of Paris gay bars, but the nightlife scene fizzles out much earlier than similar large European cities like Madrid

Paris gay travel

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

Louvre exhibit
Louvre exhibit
Louvre museum

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
tips for visiting Paris
Paris gay travel

Prices for goods and services in Paris are pretty much on par with other expensive cities. For many things, like coffee and clothing, your dollar won’t go as far if you are American. On the other hand, wine is cheaper!

tips for visiting Paris

Whenever I’m flying between European cities, I always check Vueling first. Their tickets are some of the cheapest and I’d definitely choose them over Ryanair. Paris is a huge Vueling hub too, with flights to both the Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY) airports.

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