Queer Paris

Gay Travel Tips for the French Capital

Photographer: Jacques Lebar · Copyright: Paris Tourist Office

Paris is one of Europe´s most visited touristic hot spots. Discover the city of love and enjoy some of the globe´s most famous sights.

Where to stay in Paris

The gay center of Paris is called Le Marais- an old and popular district in the 4th arrondissement with many beautiful alleys and streets. You'll find a lot of gay clubs, bars, cafes and shops here. Gay-friendly restaurants are situated here as well and some of Paris´ most popular landmarks are in walking distance. Thousands of gay boys and men from all over the world meet here every day and get in contact with each other. Montmartre is another great location to stay during your visit. The area is home to some of the city´s top touristic sights and serves a cute village vibe. You can meet international artists here and have a good time in one of the trendy cafés. 

Gay Friendly Hotels in Paris:

L’Empire Paris is a great hotel in the middle of the city. From here you can easily reach all the sightseeing highlights and queer hot spots.

The gay guesthouse Giovanni´s Room is located in the heart of Montmartre close to legendary Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur. The hostel offers good deals and fair prices. 

Situated in the gay area of Marais the Hotel Jules & Jim is popular with international gay tourists. The place convinces with its friendly atmosphere and stunning sun terrace. 

What to see in Paris

Paris has always been one of the world´s cultural epicenters and is full of important monuments and world-famous landmarks. They represent the whole country´s rich history and role during the last centuries. There are some main attractions that shouldn´t be missed:

Champs-Elysées: is Paris’ most famous street and has often been called the most beautiful avenue in the world. Along this world-famous street you can find top restaurants, exclusive shops and some of the city´s most popular landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe.

Palace of Versailles: This massive palace is known all over the world for its extravagance, opulent architecture and luxury. The former home of the French kings is a national symbol today and visited by millions of people every year. The spacious complex is now home to a great museum and the massive gardens are a must-see.

Sacre-Coeur: The white basilica is located on a hill in Montmartre and belongs to Paris´ most amazing sightseeing highlights. The beautiful building attracts curious people from everywhere and is really worth a visit. 

Moulin Rouge: This place is probably one of the globe´s most known entertaining venues. Its legendary dance shows and cabarets have been the subject in countless Hollywood movies and pop videos. Still todays guests from everywhere can´t wait to enjoy one the extraordinary shows in that notorious institution. 

Eiffel Tower: This iron structure was built for the 1889 World Exposition and is Paris´ most significant landmark today. The building is one of the world’s most photographed tourist attractions these days. From the top of the tower visitors from all over the world enjoy the breathtaking view over the French metropolis. 

Nice to Know in Paris

The River Seine passes some of the best highlights in Paris on its way into the ocean. Cruising the river belongs to every first-time visit and is an unforgettable experience. From the river you can see the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower easily.  A Seine cruise lasts usually around an hour and is warmly recommended.

Important Facts:

Best Time to go: summer, spring

Visa: Not needed for tourists from US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries (up to 90 days)

Getting Around: By bike- the main attractions are close to each other but not always in walking distance. There are around 1800 public bike stations.

Specials: the biggest LGBT event is Gay Pride Day in late June with the annual Marche des Fiertés