LGBT Paris

Your guide to Paris’s best gay and lesbian events, clubs, bars and more

LGBTQ+ collectives and pop-up parties
Nightlife

LGBTQ+ collectives and pop-up parties

Fabulous, fantastical LGBTQ+ alternative clubbing

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Shopping for him and for her

Best shops for menswear
Shopping

Best shops for menswear

Chic for chaps.

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Lingerie and erotica stores
Shopping

Lingerie and erotica stores

Put some ‘Ooh’ into your ‘là là’...

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The best Paris markets
Shopping

The best Paris markets

Books, antiques, organic produce and much more.

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English language bookshops
Shopping

English language bookshops

Lovers of English literature in Paris, read on...

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Concept stores
Shopping

Concept stores

Floors and floors of style.

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Around town

Marais and Beaubourg area guide
Things to do

Marais and Beaubourg area guide

One of the hippest parts of the city, in no small part due to its popularity with the gay crowd.

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Independent cinemas in Paris
Film

Independent cinemas in Paris

Catch the best of Paris’s fantastic film culture.

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Romantic hotels in Paris
Hotels

Romantic hotels in Paris

Exclusive love nests, luxury suites and quirky hideaways to suit all budgets.

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Theatre on a budget
Theatre

Theatre on a budget

Seeking out plays in Paris, but put off by the Odéon's €32 tickets? Not all is lost.

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The most romantic restaurants in Paris
Restaurants

The most romantic restaurants in Paris

Romantic evenings à deux, whatever your budget.

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Les Mots à la Bouche
Shopping

Les Mots à la Bouche

Gay fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and English-language books.

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Legay Choc
Restaurants

Legay Choc

For that special occasion, try their penis-shaped loaf.

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Le Cinéma des Cinéastes
Cinemas

Le Cinéma des Cinéastes

Festivals of classic, foreign, gay and documentary films. 

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Top gay bars in Paris

Les Souffleurs
Bars and pubs

Les Souffleurs

Les Souffleurs is all about relaxation, refinement and modernity, a hip little gay bar in the centre of the Marais that would be difficult to spot if you didn’t already know it was there. Once inside, you almost feel that you’re in Berlin: hyper-styled barmen, classy décor and carefully selected music. In the daytime, it’s a quiet escape from the frenetic Marais, welcoming to groups and people going solo, settled comfortably in leather sofas. But the temperature goes up quickly at night...

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Banana Café
Bars and pubs

Banana Café

Banana Café, an institution the Les Halles neighbourhood, attracts a younger set of locals, suburban Parisians, and travellers who have strayed from the core gay scene of the Marais. With themed soirées, drag shows and go-go boys that could have taught Joséphine Baker a few moves, it’s a solid choice for any night on the town. The ground floor bar and adjacent terrace serve up happy hour drinks including €3 pints from 6-11pm, though service is far from attentive... 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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FreeDJ
Bars and pubs

FreeDJ

If you want to dance, and claustrophobia is no issue, FreeDJ, right around the corner from Open Café, is a top choice for an all-nighter with no cover to pay. Upstairs, the bar and a foosball table occupy those looking to chat or share a cigarette in the glassed-in smoking room. Head downstairs and the intimate cellar welcomes those looking to hit the dance floor with like-minded gentlemen. Soirées like Wednesday’s RnB night keep the weeknights new and fresh... 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Le CUD Bar
Clubs

Le CUD Bar

When the bars and restaurants start close, the party is far from over in the Marais. Things at the Cud, an unfortunately-named but sinfully fun venue, start to heat up around 2am as party-seekers leave other venues for this classic and basic cave bar. Located off Rue du Temple on a tiny street, this is one of the best late-night spots in the Marais. The seating area upstairs is for amateurs, since the real party is in the vaulted cave below... 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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