Paris Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020/2021

Upcoming Events in Paris

|  14 – 24 November 2020
Cancelled: Chéries-Chéris 2020: 26th annual LGBTQ+ film festival in Paris.
@ MK2 Beaubourg (+ MK2 Quai de Seine + MK2 Bibliothèque)
|  21 – 23 May 2021
Tournoi International de Paris 2021: annual international sports tournament for gays, lesbians and friends with more than 2000 participants in about 30 sport disciplines.
|  14 July 2021
Bastille Day 2021: French National Holiday (›Fête Nationale‹) in honour of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.
Traditional fireworks near the Eiffel Tower from approx. 23:00 till 23:30.
|  18 July 2021
Tour de France 2021: arrival of the renowned annual bicycle race in Paris.
@ Champs-Élysées

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ***, from 90 €
Located between the Marais quarter and Place de la République, right next to the metro station Temple. 10 minutes to walk to the gay bars.
@ 76 Rue de Turbigo
Paris 75003
Metro: Temple

About Paris and its gay life

man visiting inner-city district of Paris

Paris is certainly one of the top 3 travel destinations in Europe, and for the author of these lines it is the most beautiful one. Considering how many wonderful cities in Europe had been destroyed in the last war and didn't gain their former beauty and fame, yet, after 70 years, Paris is truly a treasure and miracle.

You could stay in Paris for months or visit Paris again and again, and you would still see other beautiful and interesting spots if you explore the city with curiosity and open eyes. Just stroll around a bit and do not only follow the routes in your travel guide book.

If you come to Paris not only to visit the Louvre and other sights but wanna dive into the Parisian life, then try to avoid August. Many Parisians take their long vacations in August and some companies are even completely closed. In the gay scene even the most popular gay clubs and bars won't be very crowded or will be empty or closed.

The gay center of Paris is the Marais, an old district in the 4th arrondissement of Paris with adorable, narrow streets breathing centuries-old history. You'll find a lot of gay bars, cafes and shops here, as well as plenty of gay-friendly restaurants, most of them quite close to each other, creating a bit of a ghetto atmosphere.

Gay Parisians can be a bit difficult when it comes to flirting. If you dare to show your interest to somebody in a direct way, you could easily be seen as too needy, too easy or too cheap. Our two euro cents of advice: don't waste your time with behaviour research to understand the rituals and peculiarities of flirting in the gay scene of Paris. Just do it your own way and don't take the Parisian rudeness personally.

Besides, it is often said that Parisian guys come and stick in groups. Exploring Paris with friends can really make a difference, both at day and at night.

The annual gay highlight in the French capital is the Paris Gay Pride in summer, called ›Marche des Fiertés LGBT‹ in France.