Welcome to Paris France Nightlife Gay Scene


Aux Trois Petits Cochons

 Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

This gay-owned, gay-run restaurant serves up traditional French cuisine with a contemporary twist. The three-course menu (€33) changes daily and is based on the freshest...

31 rue Tiquetonne

Boy'z Bazaar

Shops

Some of the city's trendiest clothes for nightclubbers, fashionistas and urban hipsters, in the heart of the gaybourhood. Other locations 5 rue des Guillemites, 4th...

5 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

Café Cox

Bars & pubs

Beefy, hairy, shaven-headed men congregate on the pavement in front of CafÈ Cox for post-work drinks, before moving on to more intimate surroundings.

15 rue des Archives

Chez Moune

Cabaret & circus

Probably the oldest lesbian cabaret in Paris, Chez Moune opened in 1936 and still has nightly shows. Saturdays are traditionally women only, but in the last year other...

54 rue Pigalle

Dollhouse

Shops

This store, located close to 3W, specialises in lingerie and gadgets for girls. Upstairs you'll find a selection of sophisticated and sexy underwear; head downstairs for the...

24 rue du Roi de Sicile

Eagle

Bars & pubs

Formerly the London, this old bar has found new life, becoming a hit with bears, daddies, leathermen and the men who admire them. Have tea and cake on the patio early on, a...

33bis rue des Lombards

Etamine Café

Restaurants & cafés

This simple but delicious cafÈ is located very close to the lesbian bars of the Marais, and offers a contemporary and inventive twist on old classics. Excellent food,...

13 rue des Ecouffes

Hôtel Central Marais

 Budget
Hotels

If location and affordable rates are more important than plush surroundings, this aptly named hotel is a good bet. The barmen of the Central bar (located below the hotel) act...

2 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

Hôtel Duo

Hotels

An unbeatable location, designer decor, a gym with sauna and a convivial cocktail bar make this a popular choice for laptop-wielding young professionals. Its Jean-Philippe Nuel...

11 rue du Temple

IEM

Shops

This sex hypermarket caters for those keen on the harder side of gay life. Videos, clothes and gadgets can all be found, and there are leather and rubber goods upstairs.

16 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

La Champmeslé

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

This veteran girlie bar remains a popular venue for lesbian locals and visitors. Beer is the drink of choice; pull up a seat and enjoy the regular cabaret nights.

4 rue Chabanais

La Perle

Bars & pubsClubs

The Pearl achieves a rare balance between all-day and late-night venue, and also has a good hetero/homo mix. In the morning it draws early risers; lunchtime is for a business...

78 rue Vieille-du-Temple

La Scène Bastille

Bars & pubsClubsRestaurants & cafés

This tastefully decorated club-bar-restaurant complex holds regular rock concerts, as well as club events most Thursdays to Saturdays. The programming here changes constantly,...

2bis rue des Taillandiers

La Victoire Suprême du Coeur

Restaurants & cafés

Set on a supremely cute street in the heart of the Marais, this gay-friendly restaurant finally gives Parisians a decent vegetarian option, serving up traditional dishes with a...

27-31 rue du Bourg-Tibourg

Le 3W Kafé

Bars & pubsClubs

A convivial place where beautiful women go to have a drink, meet other women and listen to good music. There's a small dance space in the basement, and a number of theme nights...

8 rue des Ecouffes

Le Bar à Manger (BAM)

Restaurants & cafés

Excellent, creative cuisine in a pleasant, relaxed setting. There are prix fixe menus available at lunch (€18) and dinner (€29).

13 rue des Lavandières-Ste-Opportune

Le Bear's Den

Bars & pubs

The Bear's Den is a friendly local for bears, muscle bears, chubbies and their admirers. Visit the website for details on comically named theme nights such as 'Charcuterie'....

6 rue des Lombards

Le Café Arena

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

This bar-restaurant has a great terrace for people-watching and friendly staff; it's still the hottest rendezvous in Les Halles.

29 rue St-Denis

Le Club 18

 Critics' choice
Clubs

The oldest gay club in Paris attracts a young and beautiful clientele. It is not very big, and the decor isn't all that great, but the music is fun and there's a very laid-back...

18 rue de Beaujolais

Le CUD Bar

Clubs

Upstairs is a laid-back bar, but downstairs in the old cellar is a dancefloor that can get very crowded, especially after 2am. The crowd is a mixed bunch, and it's popular with...

12 rue des Haudriettes

Le Day Off

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

An apt name for this weekday-only pub-restaurant - heavy drinking enjoyed by work-weary lesbians. It gets crowded in the early evening.

10 rue de l'Isly

Le Duplex

Bars & pubs

This small bar caters to a thirtysomething crowd. It's a popular meeting place for various gay associations, with friendly staff and local art on the walls.

25 rue Michel-le-Comte

Le Folie's Pigalle

Clubs

The racy Folie's Pigalle's programme has everything from dancehall and hip hop to techno and electro, go-go dancers, striptease shows and Paris's only transsexual spectacle on...

11 pl Pigalle

Le Gai Moulin

Restaurants & cafés

One of the oldest gay-run restaurants in Paris, the Gai Moulin opened its doors in 1981 and recently moved a few doors down from its original location (now a smaller cafÈ, Le...

10 rue St-Merri

Le Kofi du Marais

Restaurants & cafés

Modern, simple cooking with an American twist is the speciality here. Club sandwiches, burgers and salads are menu staples. Prices are reasonable and the service is good too.

54 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

Le Mixer

Bars & pubs

A mixed, young and carefree crowd gathers at this watering hole for cocktails before heading off to the clubs. DJs spin techno and house to energise the crowd. Some nights are...

23 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

Le Quetzal

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

This bar is considered to be one of the 'musts' of the Marais, as it's often filled with hot men and a few drag queens who help to keep things lively. You might be able to find...

10 rue de la Verrerie

Le Rive Gauche

 Critics' choice
Clubs

This weekend women-only nightclub is one of the hottest places on the lesbian scene. The decor is '70s and the music eclectic.

1 rue du Sabot

Le So What!

Bars & pubs

This site's previous occupant, the Nyx, went out of business last year and was quickly replaced by the So What! bar. It is primarily a girlie bar, but everyone's welcome....

30 rue du Roi de Sicile

Le Tango (La Boîte à Frissons)

 Critics' choice
Music

Wacky crowd, Madonna songs and accordion tunes. At the Friday and Saturday Bal de la Boîte à Frissons, couples dance the foxtrot, tango, madison or guinguette in the early part...

13 rue au Maire

Le Troisième Lieu

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Elaborate tartines, delicious desserts and strong drinks are the fare at this lesbian-run bar and restaurant. Despite its militant subtitle ('Cantine des Ginettes ArmÈes'), the...

62 rue Quincampoix

Le Troisième Lieu

Bars & pubsClubs

Opened by Les Ginettes Armées, organisers of renowned Sunday lesbian and mixed events, the Troisième Lieu tends towards electro and house. The ground floor hosts DJs mixing...

62 rue Quincampoix
Free

Legay Choc

 Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafésShops

Run by two brothers (one gay, one straight) whose surname just happens to be Legay, this Marais boulangerie and pâtisserie is very popular. The pastries are delightful, and the...

45 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

L'Entrepôt

Cinemas

A diverse array of documentaries, shorts, gay cinema and productions from developing nations are more common here than mainstream stuff.

7-9 rue Francis-de-Pressensé

Les Bains Douches

 Critics' choice
Clubs

Once a global leader, Les Bains Douches lost its way in the 1990s, relying on its reputation to pull in tourists. This all changed recently, and now local star DJs like Busy P...

7 rue du Bourg-l'Abbé

Les Dessous d'Apollon

Shops

Probably the most extensive selection of underwear - ranging from the functional to the downright eccentric - that you'll ever encounter, plus T-shirts and accessories.

15 rue du Bourg-Tibourg

Les Filles de Paris

ClubsRestaurants & cafés

The team behind Le Troisième Lieu (pXXX) is shaking up the scene till late with this new resto-club. Food is served until 5am on weekends, but expect party animals of all...

57 rue Quincampoix

Les Follivores & les Crazyvores

Clubs

Twice a month, the Bataclan concert hall transforms itself into a club to host these two hugely popular parties. Crazyvores features music from the 1970s and '80s, and at...

Bataclan, 50 bd Voltaire

Les Jacasses

Bars & pubs

This new, relaxed bar for women, just around the corner from the girlie bars on rue du Roi de Sicile, makes a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

5 rue des Ecouffes

Les Mots à la Bouche

 Critics' choice
Shops

An institution in the Marais, this bookshop has a large selection of gay fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and English-language books.

6 rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

L'Insolite

Clubs

Hidden away underneath an old courtyard, this small club is a fun and friendly nightspot; the music tends to major in '80s disco hits and new wave, with a few more recent club...

33 rue des Petits-Champs
Free

L'Interface Bar

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

The small, unpretentious Interface is on the trendy and trËs gay rue Keller. Friendly staff cater mostly to thirtysomethings; this is a great place in which to start the...

34 rue Keller

Nickel

Shops

Body and skincare treatments, strictly for men. A one-hour facial is €48-€77, a manicure €21 and an hour-long massage €48-€69. Staff are adept, friendly and knowledgeable.

48 rue des Francs-Bourgeois

Nouveau Casino

Clubs

Conveniently surrounded by the numerous bars of rue Oberkampf and tucked behind the legendary Café Charbon, Nouveau Casino is a concert venue that also hosts some of the city's...

109 rue Oberkampf

O'Kubi Caffé

Bars & pubs

O'Kubi recently celebrated its third anniversary and continues to grow in popularity. It also has a bar and serves light food.

219 rue St-Maur

Open Café

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Cruise and be cruised in the café everybody visits at some point in the evening. Great staff and prompt service help. Pop out on to the terrace, and enjoy the people-watching...

17 rue des Archives

Plus Que Parfait

Shops

This dépôt vente, where pristine, second-hand designer clothing is sold on commission, is a veritable treasure trove of men's fashion finds.

23 rue des Blancs-Manteaux

Queen

Clubs

One of the oldest and largest clubs, Queen's main gay nights are Saturday@Queen and Overkitsch on Sundays in the summer months, but every night is a little gay. Big-name DJs...

102 av des Champs-Elysées

Raidd Bar

Bars & pubs

The Raidd is standing room only at street level, with another bar down below. The hot, herculean bartenders take turns in the wall-mounted shower for nightly shows and the...

23 rue du Temple

Red Light

Clubs

The former Enfer ('Hell') remains a trance, techno and house dynamo with local and global DJs spinning to a young, up- for-it, often gay, well-groomed crowd. Expect a mixture...

34 rue du Départ

Space Hair

Shops

Space Hair is divided into two salons, Cosmic and Classic, with a 1980s kitsch feel, late opening hours and cute stylists; it's best to book ahead.

10 rue Rambuteau

Unity Bar

Bars & pubs

This ladies-only bar is more butch than lipstick, with pool tables and a good beer selection.

176-178 rue St-Martin

Wolf

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Popular with bears, wolves, otters and a variety of other species, mostly on the hairy side. Everyone is welcome, though, and the ambience is laid-back.

37 rue des Lombards

Ze Restoo

Restaurants & cafés

This restaurant has become a popular place in which to eat with friends before heading out for a fun-filled evening. There's a very relaxed atmosphere, with good service and...

41 rue des Blancs-Manteaux
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