With 33 million visitors every year, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. An exceptional heritage with many monuments and museums, a refined cuisine, gardens where you can bask in the sun, a lively cultural life... Paris also has the reputation of being a romantic capital and really friendly with two gay districts: the Marais and Montorgueil. Renowned grousers, Parisians can also be charmers, friendly... and by the way have a great practice in French kiss ;-). So why visit Paris ? Here are many addresses for a very gay stay.
When to go?
Spring enlightens the many Parisian gardens and summer allows you to take a picnic or sunbathe on the banks of the Seine. But autumn is very pleasant and winter offers the opportunity to rediscover the many small cafes, restaurants or covered galleries. Whatever the season, Paris seduces and there will be enough to do on a cultural viewpoint or on the gay scene. The Marche des Fiertés (or gay pride) usually takes place place the last weekend of June. And Paris will accommodate the Gay Games in 2018.
What to see
Great the exposition Tatoueurs et tatoués at the Quai Branly museum till October 18th 2015.
What to do
Vélib, French contraction of bicycle and freedom, are widespread in Paris. There are stations everywhere, cars respect cycle paths which are numerous and you can suscribe for just a few days. A very pleasant way to visit Paris! Another experience, but more relaxing: the bateaux mouches, the Parisian boats on the Seine. Boarding is at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. You can take a round trip on the Seine and see monuments from a different angle. Very nice, especially at nightfall with monuments beautifully-lit. There are lots of original guided tours, in Citroen 2CV cars, in Segway, or an old blue bus, through a treasure hunt or simply with art lovers.
Gay-wise, Paris Gay Village offers Inverted tours presenting the history and culture of the gay Paris from the seventeenth century to the 1980's. There is a new visit every month and a twenty in the catalogue. Marais Paris offers tours in the small Tweezy vehicle Queen of Le Marais or courses in contemporary art. For a friendly run, why not join the Paris Front Runners who organise workouts all year round. To hike in the Ile-de-France region, you might also want to reach Rando’s.
For shopping, visit Les Mots à la Bouche (at 6 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie), which is the Parisian gay bookshop. For supplies of sextoys or lub, get to IEM (at 16 rue Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie) or Boxxman (2 rue de la Cossonnerie, Châtelet-les-Halles metro). RoB Paris (8 square Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie) and Mister B (24 rue du Temple) have a larger range of equipment for leather and latex.
French cuisine has a good reputation thanks to its regional specialties and can be tasted in Paris. Breton pancakes, Alsatian sauerkraut, cassoulets and other confit of the southwest... you can get mouthfuls of France! It will start in the morning at a bakery for croissants, pastries or only for fresh bread. Drop by at the very friendly Stohrer (51 rue Montorgueil) which exists since 1730 and has excellent chocolate tarts and the best croissants in the capital. The Gay Choc (45 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie) still astonishes with its dick-shaped pastries. While La Durée macarons are internationally reknown, try those of Pierre Hermé, a growing challenger rises who is much more creative with fragrances.
For lunch or dinner, bistronomy is trendy ; a French contraction of "bistro" and "gastronomy". These are small restaurants with imaginative cuisine based great produce from the market from chefs previously cooking in larger restaurant. You get delighful food at Comptoir du Relais (9 Carrefour de L'odéon, Odeon metro) run by chef Yves Camdeborde, at L’Ami Jean (27 rue Malar, Invalides metro) run by Stéphane Jégo near the Invalides, at the Office (3 rue Richer, Grands Boulevards metro) where Yosuke Yamji shows his audacity, at Jaja (3 rue St-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie) in the heart of the Marais. Paris is also rich in world cuisine. Rue Sainte Anne near Opera houses many Japanese and Korean restaurants, there is an Indian district north of gare du nord, Chinese near place d'Italie,... From stars-awarded cuisine to the small neighbourhood bistro, you will be in heaven.
On the ultra-friendly side, a special mention for Christophe at the Gai Moulin (10 rue Saint-Merri, Hôtel-de-Ville metro) which is one of the oldest « gay » restaurants of the Marais; Pascal and Romuald at 48 Condorcet (48 rue Condorcet, Anvers metro) which offers traditional French cuisine; the chic and relaxed atmosphere of Des Gars dans la Cuisine (72 Rue Vieille du Temple) and their open kitchen; Chez Mémé (124 rue Saint Denis, Etienne Marcel metro) which offers the cuisine of our grand mothers in an original decor; exotic flavours and traditional French dishes at Le Lézard Café (32 Rue Étienne Marcel); Le Loup Blanc (42 rue Tiquetonne) in Montorgueil with a simple and flavoursome cuisine and a very good brunch; Sans Gêne (112 rue Legendre, La Fourche metro) for its burgers and bagels; Tata Burger (54 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie) for its ultra friendly burgers and milkshakes or the rather chic Who's (14 rue Saint-Merri, Rambuteau metro) which serves food until 6:00 in the morning.
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Where to spleep
Many gays choose accommodations in the heart of the Marais where the boys walk hand in hand run by the hand and where they will find a very large concentration of gay establishments. Montorgueil near Les Halles is the second most popular neighbourhood for gays.
But as a whole, Paris is welcoming and you should not get any problem apart from you the room rates which are often high. No gay guesthouse, apartment rentals being more trendy for one or several nights.
They can be friendly via the networks of Absolute Living, MisterBnB, Ebab or My City Flat. Hotel-wise, really friendly, and within walking distance from Le Marais, Hotel Beaumarchais (3, rue Oberkampf) is very pleasant and has reasonable prices. Hotel Jules & Jim (11 rue des Gravilliers, Arts Et Métiers metro) offers 23 rooms some with a beautiful view over the Paris rooftops.
One hour from Paris, in the countryside, Mas Cocoon offers quiet weekends with a large covered clothing optional pool that is open all year round. Sauna, gym, pool... Meals are taken in the dining room and the atmosphere is the frankly friendly.
Nothing more simple than to organize a trip in Paris. If arriving by plane, you will land at Roissy Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly Airport. You get into Paris by public transports, but if you arrive late you’d better choose buses like RoissyBus or OrlyBus which are safer. By taxi, it will cost you 60-70 euros on average from Roissy. Transport with private driver companies are becoming popular and can be a little less expensive. You will need to book online. If you are arriving by train, you will arrive at one of the 6 Parisian train stations which are connected to the metro network. In Paris, metro and bus lines are the fastest way to get around. Every place is a maximum of 30 minutes away by transport and avoids traffic jams. The Paris Visite pass will allow unlimited use of all transport and can be purchased in all RATP booths. On site, it is best to book accommodations as early as possible for more choice as well as your Eiffel Tower visit in order to avoid having to queue up too long.