Gay Paris Paris City 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 Marais, 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

Housed inside a former embassy with a Michele Bönan-designed avant-garde décor, JK Place Paris is more of an opulent home than a grand hotel, with every space – from the subterranean spa to the patios and marble bathrooms of the guest rooms – created to be colourful and sumptuous. It took the haute Italian hotel group five years to find the perfect location for JK Place Paris, which is within walking distance of attractions such as Musée d’Orsay and the Grand Palais. Meanwhile, the chic Hôtel Dupond-Smith in the Marais district showcases tastefully stark looks with sleek decorative touches. Eight individually styled rooms come with amenities such as Nespresso coffeemakers and modern gadgetry, while upgraded rooms feature suites, living rooms and terraces or balconies. Breakfast is served in a relaxed lounge, and luxuries include in-room massages. For the apex of Parisian luxury, consider a stay at La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa, which occupies a former Haussmann mansion spruced up with regal furnishings like silk-clad walls, velvet drapes, priceless antiques, and herringbone oak parquet floors. on top of its good looks, the La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is home to a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, spa, library, indoor pool and butler service.

Paris | Photo: John Towner

Photo: John Towner

The ultra-chic Maison Souquet is a gem of the Pigalle district, set inside a neoclassical building with an exotic interior that pays homage to Second Empire stylings. Besides opulent guest rooms and suites with minibars, designer toiletries and bespoke linens, Maison Souquet houses a bar serving food, a courtyard, a lounge with a library and fireplace, and a spa with a treatment room, hammam and indoor pool. At the Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel, luxurious guest rooms on high floors – particularly the Skyline suites – offer stunning views of the City of Lights. You can also enjoy drinks on the terrace after a day of exploring nearby attractions like Place de la République and Canal Saint-Martin.

Jules & Jim occupies the site of a former precious metals factory in the Marais district, though today, only the building’s 18th-century frame remains. Inside this 4-star hotel, 23 minimalist guest rooms have been decorated using durable and simple materials, such as unadorned stone, wood, concrete and glass. Adding to the hotel’s sophisticated looks are a cocktail courtyard, a fragrant vertical garden, a library space, and impressive views of Paris’s rooftops. Housed inside a 19th-century former furniture factory, Hôtel Les Deux Girafes offers visitors refined guest rooms with en-suites and facilities including a restaurant, bar and garden terrace. Attractions including the Louvre and the Notre-Dame are just a few kilometres away.

Hotel Jules et Jim Paris

Photo: Hotel Jules et Jim

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