Paris is by far the gay capital of France, boasting the most gay establishments of any other city in the country, even though the gay magazine TÊTU crowned Montpellier as the most gay-friendly French city. A host of the 2018 Gay Games, Paris is a city that offers a diverse and dense gay life.
Gay life in Paris is concentrated in the Marais. Although the neighbourhood is undergoing profound changes, it remains the epicentre of the Parisian gay community. Spanning the 3rd and 4th districts of Paris, the Marais is found between the rue de Rivoli and Michel Le Comte on one side, and rue du Renard and rue Vieille du Temple on the other. Nearby metro stations include Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau and Saint Paul, with rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie and rue des Archives serving as axes.
Paris major gay bars like Raidd, Cox, Open, and Spyce, as well as gay restaurants such as Who’s, Tata Burger, or Marronniers, can also be found in the neighbourhood. You can also do your shopping in the numerous Parisian gay boutiques like les Dessous d’Apollon, or visit the gay bookstore, les Mots à la Bouche or take a peek at the sex shops like IEM or MisterB. Other gay places are concentrated in Les Halles district (rue des Lombards) and in the Rue de Montporgueil area.
For fans of gay parties, you have the choice between clubs like the Gibus (Scream, Matinée, Beyond…), pop music parties such as Crazyvores or Doctor Love, or the trendy hipsters party Club Sandwich.
Paris is also one of the European cities with the most gay saunas and sex clubs. You can even tempt your chances outdoors in the city’s parks like the Bois de Vincennes, the Buttes-Chaumont or in the Tuileries Gardens.
Every year, Paris hosts the largest gay pride festival in France, with hundreds of thousands of participants in the Pride march. The city also hosts the annual Tournoi International de Paris, as well as the LGBT Film Festival Chéries- Chéris.
Free gay magazines like mygaytrip gay guide, Sensitif, Tribu Move, or QWeek, are also found in most gay and gay-friendly venues around the city.