Paris surprises its gay and lesbian visitors with the intense presence of the LGBT community in every aspect of the social life. The members of the gay community of Paris support that they are smoothly embedded into the mainstream society and they don’t face any exclusion issues. Additionally, showing tenderness to each other in public is very common.
The gay scene of Paris is centered in Les Marais, one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Paris, packed with boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. The majority of the gay venues are located near the streets Sainte-Croixde la Bretonnerie and Rue des Archives.
Paris is the home of a wide diversity of gay bars where you can have a drink and socialize with gay locals and travellers. The most popular gay bars in Paris are RAIIDD Bar, COX, Open Cafe, Le Who's, Quetzal, CUD, freedj, SPYCE, One Way, MicMan Bar, Les Souffleurs, Ze Baar, Duplex, Cafe Voulez-Vous, El Hombre, Banana Cafe, Bears' Den, SLY Bar, The LABO, and Le Velvet.
The majority of the gay clubs in Paris are closed during the summer so several regular parties usually take a break as well, thus checking the clubs before visiting the city is essential. Popular gay parties in Paris are SCREAM, beardrop at YOYO, Doctor Love at Club Haussman, La Nuit des Follivores, Black Blanc Beur and Trou Aux Biches.
Culture lovers consider going to Les Mots a la Bouche, a gay bookshop with a great variety of gay literature, magazines, and videos.
Paris is said to have one of the most popular and biggest gay cruising club scenes in Europe. Most of the gay cruising clubs are located in Les Marais but there are also many others dispersed through the city. The gay cruising clubs in Paris are Full Metal, Le Depot, Krash, SecteurX, La MINE, L'Impact, Blue Square, E20 Entre Deux Eaux, BUNKER Paris, Le Next, Le Keller, Mec Zone, and Le Mensch.
There is a big range of gay saunas in Paris with all the advanced spa facilities like hammam rooms, Finish saunas, private cabins, play zones, mazes, dark rooms etc. They usually get really busy on Sunday afternoons to evenings while the peak hours during the week are from 5pm to 8pm. Popular gay saunas in Paris include Sun City, Gym Louvre Paris, Key West Sauna, KING Sauna, andTiL'T Sauna.