Paris is by far the city in France with the most gay places, although Montpellier, in the south of France, tops the TETU list of gay-friendly French cities. As it is running to host the 2018 Gay Games, the French capital offers a very dense and diverse gay culture. It is mainly centered in Le Marais, the gay neighborhood. Although the district is undergoing profound changes, it remains the epicenter of Parisian gay life.
The gay Marais straddles the 3rd and 4th Paris arrondissements, right in the center of the city. It is bounded by the Rue de Rivoli and Michel Le Comte on one side, and the rue du Renard and rue du Temple on the other side. It extends to Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau and Saint Paul metro stations, with rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie and rue des Archives as the main axes.
The largest gay bars such as Raidd, Cox, Open Café or Spyce, and the largest gay restaurants such as Who's, Tata Burger and les Marronniers, are located right in Le Marais. You can also do your shopping in the many gay stores such as Boy'z Bazaar, les Dessous d’Apollon as well as the bookstore Les Mots à la Bouche or sex shops like IEM or MisterB. Other gay venues are concentrated in les Halles district (rue des Lombards) and in the Montorgueil area.
To enjoy the vibrant gay nightlife of Paris, you will have to make some choices : hardcore clubbing at the Scream Party, Revolution, or Code 69, pop parties at Crazyvores or Doctor Love, or more hipster parties such as Club Sandwich.
Paris is also one of Europe’s cities with the most gay bathhouses and sex clubs. You can even cruise outdoors in the Bois de Vincennes, the Buttes Chaumont or in the Tuileries Gardens.
Paris hosts France’s largest gay pride each year in June, with hundreds of thousands of visitors and participants. The city also hosts an annual gay international sports event, le Tournoi International de Paris, every year in May, as well as the LGBT Film Festival, Chéries-Chéris.
You will find useful information in the many free gay magazines like mygaytrip magazine available in most gay and gay-friendly establishments.