Gay Paris Paris Travel Guide

Paris is a spellbinding metropolis for all things chic; from her gourmet delights, architectural treasures and abundance of cultural pleasures to her famed fashion legacy and vibrant nightlife, the enchanting city of lights is a savvy seductress intent on stealing hearts. With a myriad of museums, gorgeously-lit bridges and green spaces to discover, Paris is the perfect place for intimate promenades and post-sundown dawdling. Whether your ideal day consists of scouring for vintage books along the Seine, hitting a bevvy of boutiques and open-air markets, or world-watching from a cosy café corner, be sure to spare some time to devour artwork at the Louvre, shop the ritzy Avenue Montaigne and enjoy at least one candle-lit dinner in the glittering vicinity of the Eiffel Tower. With a huge gay pride parade in July alongside myriad LGBTQ+ events year-round (including a Lesbian Book Fair, Existrans parade and Chéries-Chéris film festival), Paris is truly one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, particularly so in gay nightlife hotspot Le Marias, as well as queer-friendly Quartier Pigalle and Bois de Boulogne. Plan ahead to make every moment count with our definitive Paris gay scene guide.

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The best hotels in Paris

Let’s start our Paris gay travel guide with a roundup of the best hotels in Paris. Located at the site of a former 18th century precious metals factory in the heart of le Marais, Jules & Jim is a striking melange of natural materials, minimalist décor and attention to detail, with each room featuring bespoke artwork, whimsical design and romantic views over the city’s rooftops or the equally divine courtyard. Opt for a Hi-Mac designer room for a unique experience and make sure to check out the breakfast nook and adjoining library space when you awake. During the day, consider taking a hotel organised city tour by car or by boat, and return at night for a courtyard cocktail in between the fireplace and the fragrant vertical garden.

For a discreet stay surrounded by understated elegance, the chic Hotel Dupond-Smith is a hush-hush haven of tranquillity. Tastefully stark with sleek design touches, this hotel also offers indulgent services including en suite massages and all-day breakfast treats. The true appeal of this boutique beauty, however, is the inconspicuous location in the centre of lively Le Marais. A recent style-conscious refurbishment has ushered the posh Hôtel Vernet into the 21st century. Located just minutes from the swanky Golden Triangle, all rooms are elegantly spacious affairs —a rare treat in gay Paris—with natural wood design elements and bold abstract lighting. Public areas are also decidedly modern; the white-walled dining room featuring rounded banquets, amid artwork, voguish decor and the piece de resistance: a striking, Haussmann-style stained-glass dome ceiling.

Hotel Jules et Jim Paris

Hotel Jules et Jim

Celebrating upscale design and opulence is La Maison Champs Elysées, a boutique beauty boasting spacious rooms in two moods; chic and simple or starkly elegant with couture elements. The lobby and adjoining cigar bar also feature a contrasting yin and yang vibe; the first is a relaxing space entirely furnished in white, while the latter is black and secretive – only cigar and spirits loving patrons can enter. The Table de Huit restaurant, serving classic French cuisine, continues the aesthetic folly with a columned glass ceiling, “magical” winged chairs and trompe l’oeil doors. Hidden away down an alley in the 2nd arrondissement is Hôtel des Grands Boulevards, a 4-star feature teaming 18th century elegance with a touch of avant-garde quirkiness. Inside guests will find stately Louis XVI furniture, canopied beds and marble tables alongside more provincial touches, as a nod to the revolutionaries that reshaped the country. The hotel’s Experimental Cocktail Club is also worth experimenting with!

Hôtel des Grands Boulevards

Hotel des Grands Boulevards

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