Ah, Gay Paris! C’est jolie! C’est genial! How…French!
Freedom fries aside, Paris is a gay’s best friend. It has all of the elements one needs for a fabulous vacation: romance, history, culture, and a laissez-faire population that lives for life. Boys sipping espressos at cafes, girls walking their canine companions down the wide avenue of les Champs-Elysees, couples frolicking carelessly around l’Arc de Triomphe. Nothing is finer than a night in Paris!
Of course, with Gay Paris recently declared the most expensive city in which to live, it will cost you. Things are definitely not cheap here, although with a little bit of savvy you can follow the locals for the best spots that don’t break the bank – like grabbing a baguette, cheese and a cheap bottle of wine and “faire un picnic” in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower!
The centre of Gay Paris is the Marais, an old district in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris with lovely, narrow streets breathing centuries-old history. You'll find a good deal of gay bars, cafes and shops here, as well as plenty of gay friendly eateries, most of them around each other, creating a little of a ghetto air.
Gay Parisians can be a little unmanageable when it comes to flirting. If you dare to show your interest to somebody in a direct way you could easily be seen as too obsessive, too promiscuous or too cheap. Our advice : Don't waste your time with behavior research to comprehend the rituals and peculiarities of flirting in the gay scene of Paris. Just have fun!
Yearly gay high spot in the French capital is Paris Gay Pride end of June, called Marche des Fierts LGBT in France.
To maximize your croissant-nibbling, coffee-sipping, people-watching café time, visit Gay Paris in June or September. You will avoid the peak European travel season of July/August, and students will still be in school. Winter days are cold but rarely drop below freezing, and the spring and autumn are generally seasonable, but can be quite unpredictable!
This is France, after all…