Bonjour! Ah, Gay Paris! C’est jolie! C’est genial!!
Freedom fries aside, Paris is a gay’s best friend. Paris has all of the elements one needs for a fabulous vacation: romance, history, culture, and a laissez-faire population that lives for life. Men sipping espresso at cafes, ladies walking their canine companions down the wide avenue of les Champs-Elysees, or couples frolicking carelessly around l’Arc de Triomphe, nothing is finer than a trip to Paris!
The center 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.
Paris was the first European capital to vote in an openly gay mayor, so if you want to display your affection in public, go for it! You most certainly will not be raising any Parisians’ eyebrows. We should mention gay Parisians can be a little unmanageable when it comes to flirting. 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!
Paris was recently declared the most expensive city in which to live, so a trip to this fine city will cost you. We suggest following the locals lead. Be a little savvy and find the best spots that don’t break the bank – like grabbing a baguette, delicious French cheese, and a cheap bottle of wine and “faire un picnic” in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower! To maximize your croissant-nibbling, coffee-sipping, people-watching café time, we suggest visiting Gay Paris in June or September. You will avoid the peak European travel season of July/August, and students will still be in school. June is also the month to enjoy Paris Gay Pride, called Marche des Fierts LGBT in France.
Expect to bundle up on French winter days as the temperature can be quite cold, but rarely will it drop below freezing. The spring and autumn months are comfortable, but of course quite unpredictable! This is France, after all…
“Nous vous souhaitons un excellent voyage a Paris!” (We wish you an excellent journey in Paris!)
The Gay Scene in Paris
The vast majority of Paris is gay friendly and travelers will have no problems being held lovingly in the streets. Paris offers the gay traveler excellent nightlife and a comfortable atmosphere. The gay scene keeps its home in Le Marais, where you will find gay bars, restaurants, and even bath-houses.
Restaurants in Paris
Paris offers excellent French cuisine. Here are just a few of many gay-friendly restaurants we think you will enjoy.
Nightlife in Paris
Paris offers excellent nightlife with gay bars and clubs that don’t stop until the early hours in the morning.