Gay Guide • PARIS | What to See, Where to Stay, Best Gay Bars and Restaurants | LGBT Guide
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What to See, Best Places to Sleep, Where to Eat and to Have Fun in PARIS?
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Paris welcomes all LGBTQ + and straight travelers! With a vibrant LGBT community and a large tourist offer, the French capital is full of gay places to sleep, eat and party. Paris, the capital of France, has an active LGBT community. In the 1990s, 46% of the country's gay men lived in the city. In 2004, Paris had 140 bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, shops and other LGBT businesses. Florence Tamagne, a Parisian author wrote that Paris competes with Berlin for the title of the LGBT capital of Europe and only ranks second behind New York for the title of the LGBT capital of the world.
Paris is extravagance, trend and love.
Paris' nightlife is lively and partying, with queer events taking place most nights of the year. For fans of cultural events, festivals, bookshops and art installations, there is plenty of choice.
The queer scene resurfaced from the shadow of the dark years for French history in the early 1970s. Paris has become home to gay liberation groups, similar to those that have formed in the United States and Great Britain. Organizations with names like Homosexual Front for Revolutionary Action and Red Dykes have been fighting for LGBTQ recognition and an end to discrimination in France. This unstable period of organization and protest paved the way for the first official Paris Pride march in June 1981. Twenty years later, the city elected its first openly gay mayor. In 2013, same-sex marriage was finally legalized, leading hundreds of thousands of Parisians to flood the streets to celebrate.
Not to be missed, the trendy and cool district of Le Marais. This charming neighborhood is not only one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in Paris, but also one of the most inclusive and particularly popular with the LGBT community. Most of the gay-friendly clubs in the French capital are located in this narrow neighborhood between Place de la Bastille, Place de la République and Hôtel de Ville. A whole range of bars, boutiques and clubs have sprung up here over the past 30 years. Most of the gay bars in Le Marais are located on Rue des Archives.
In this district every year the Gay Pride parade (the Marche des Fiertés) is held, an important event on the Parisian calendar. The Marais is also known for being a cultural hotspot. Here are located some of the best museums in Paris (the Pompidou Center, the Picasso Museum, the Cognacq-Jay Museum, etc.) and several art galleries (Thaddaeus Ropac, Daniel Templon and Karsten Greve, just to name a few).
WHAT TO SEE in PARIS?
20 THINGS TO SEE in PARIS
The Eiffel Tower was created for the Paris Universal Exposition in 1889 and over time it has become the symbol of the city and the most visited monument in the world with over 7 million people a year. To climb to the highest part of this 300-meter-high iron structure, built by the famous engineer Gustave Eiffel, we recommend that you use the elevator instead of the 1,665-step stairs to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the entire city or enjoy one of the best restaurants in Paris, Le 58 Tour Eiffel, perfect for a special occasion. For the best views of the Tower you have the spectacular Trocadero Square, the Champ de Mars lawn, the banks of the Seine, the Montparnasse Tower and the Rue de l'Université.
The Louvre, the most famous and visited museum in the world, is another must-see in Paris. Opened at the end of the 18th century, this huge space located in the Louvre Palace houses some of the most important masterpieces in history, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo or the seated Scribe of ancient Egypt. In addition to its incredible structure, in 1989 a glass pyramid was built in the center of the square, which serves as an entrance, and which is worth seeing at night illuminated. Remember that to avoid the long queues that form daily at the entrance, which can exceed two hours, we recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance from this page. To make the visit, without missing the main attractions of the museum, you can complete the tour of the museum in about 3 hours, following a small map where the most essential works to see in the Louvre on 3 floors are indicated. If you plan to visit many tourist attractions in the city, it will be advantageous to purchase the Paris Pass, which gives you free access to more than 60 points of interest in Paris, such as this museum.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1163 and 1345, is one of the oldest and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Unfortunately, at present, following the tragic fire of 15 April 2019, the building has suffered serious damage, and currently only its magnificent exterior can be seen (the cathedral is expected to reopen to the public in 2024 on the occasion of the Paris Olympics). . At the moment, waiting and wishing the reconstruction of the cathedral as it was before the fire, we are left with the memory of its bright interior thanks to its large windows and its two towers with the famous gargoyles.
Arch of Triumph
The Arc de Triomphe, built between 1806 and 1836 by Napoleon to commemorate his great victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, is the most famous in the world and another must-see monument in Paris. 50 meters high and 45 meters wide, and inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome, it is located in one of the largest roundabouts in the world. It is accessed via an underpass. In addition to being a symbol of Paris and all of France, this Arc de Triomphe is one of the best viewpoints in Paris with excellent views of the great avenue of the Champs-Elysées. You can enter for free with the Paris Pass or book your ticket online in advance.
Montmartre is our favorite neighborhood, along with Le Marais, another place to visit in Paris. Even if today it is very touristy, we can say that it still retains some of the bohemian air of the past when painters like Picasso or Van Gogh lived here. In this neighborhood the beauty is in walking through its beautiful streets, crossing the rich squares of artists who paint and visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, one of the most beautiful places to see in Paris. This church, built between 1875 and 1914, stands out for its white facade, the mixture of Roman and Byzantine architecture and its stairs, where you can live one of the most beautiful experiences to do in Paris: enjoy an unforgettable sunset, with magnificent views over the city. The only thing about Montmartre that we do not recommend, at least in our experience, is to have lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants in the neighborhood, as the vast majority of these offer tourist menus with a very bad quality / price ratio. To get to Montmartre you need to take metro line 2 to Anvers or line 12 to Abbesses and from there walk up or take the Montmartre funicular.
The Seine that crosses the city forming some islands such as Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis, has become another of the must-see tourist attractions in Paris where you can stroll at sunset from Notre Dame Cathedral to the Eiffel Tower along this river to enjoy one of the most romantic walks in the world. The most beautiful bridges over the Seine are the New Bridge, the Bridge of Souls, the Alexander III Bridge and the Bridge of Arts, which offers a nice view of the Île de la Cité, although our favorite is Le Pont Neuf from the end of the 16th century, which is the oldest and connects the Île de la Cité with the city.
The 210-meter-high Montparnasse Tower is our favorite viewpoint to visit in Paris. This office building, which clashes with the classic architecture of the city, has a lookout on the 56th floor and a spectacular terrace on the 59th, protected by glass, albeit with spaces for taking pictures outdoors. From here you have a 360 degree panoramic view of the whole of Paris. Despite being a bit far from the center, it is easily accessible by metro with lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 which stop at Montparnasse-Bienvenüe. We recommend booking your ticket in advance, especially on weekends and in high season, as the number of seats per day is limited.
The Champs-Elysées, a two kilometer wide boulevard that connects the Plaza de la Concordia with the Arc de Triomphe, is another of the most famous places to see in Paris. Strolling along the avenue, admiring the countless windows of luxury shops and grand historic buildings such as the Petit and the Grand Palais, is one of the things to do in Paris. At the end of the walk you will reach Place de la Concorde, where more than 1,000 people were executed with the guillotine during the French Revolution and where today you can see an Egyptian obelisk over 3,000 years old. Beyond the square are the magnificent Tuileries Gardens, perfect for strolling among the trees and relaxing on comfortable chairs.
Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie
The Sainte Chapelle is our favorite church to see in Paris and one of the most beautiful in the world. In Gothic style and located on the beautiful Île de la Cité, it was built between 1241 and 1248 to house various relics such as the crown of thorns, part of the cross, the iron of the spear and the sponge of the martyrdom of Jesus. The stained glass windows of the chapel upper jaw-dropping. The Conciergerie instead, located on the Ile de la Cité, is one of the most historic places to visit in Paris. Royal residence between the 10th and 14th centuries, it then became one of the toughest prisons from which few prisoners escaped unscathed. Among the famous people of the time, Queen Marie Antoinette was also imprisoned here for a certain period, before dying on the guillotine in 1793.
Le Marais, located in the heart of the city along the Seine, is one of the most charming neighborhoods to visit in Paris. Here you will get to know old Paris by strolling through its streets full of vintage shops, hidden patios, art galleries, trendy boutiques, elegant buildings and designer restaurants. Don't miss the fantastic Place des Vosges, the oldest in the city and where the former home of Victor Hugo and the charming courtyard of the Hôtel de Sully are located. The most famous streets in the neighborhood and where most of the clubs are concentrated are Rue de Rivoli, Rosiers, Charlot, des Archives, Bourg Tibourg, Vieille du Temple, Obenkampf and Rue des Francs-Bourgeois. In addition, the neighborhood has some of the best restaurants to eat in Paris such as L'As du Fallafel, Benedict, the Comptoir Gourmet and the Pain Vin fromage, where they serve a delicious fondue. After visiting Le Marais, we recommend you stroll through the nearby Les Halles district, which revolves around the Pompidou Center with charming streets such as Rue Montorgueil.
The Luxembourg Gardens are one of the most beautiful green spaces to see in Paris, as well as a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located opposite the Luxembourg Palace, near the Latin Quarter, it is a very popular place for Parisians to have picnics, listen to free concerts or just chat with friends lying on the lawn, especially when the weather is nice. In these gardens with a large central pond you will also find several sculptures to which it is worth taking a few minutes.
One of her most evocative and historical places is the Medici Fountain, which dates back to the early 17th century when Queen Maria de 'Medici had it built, recreating the Boboli Gardens of her native Florence. After visiting these gardens, we advise you to go to the Church of Saint Sulpice, which appeared in the film "The Da Vinci Code" which houses numerous frescoes by Delacroix and a curious obelisk.
Another of the places to visit in Paris are the Catacombs. In this vast network of tunnels and underground chambers 20 meters deep are the remains of over 6 million skeletons from different eras. Of the 300 kilometers of tunnels, only 800 meters are open to the public.
To skip the long lines, which can last more than 3 hours, we recommend that you book your entrance ticket online in advance. Keep in mind that the catacombs are a bit far from the city center, so the best option is to reach the Denfert-Rochereau stop with metro lines 4 and 6.
Other museums in Paris
Paris is a city where art is everywhere, full of interesting museums with world-famous collections and works of art.
Among the best museums to see in Paris are:
Located in an old train station which keeps its old clock, this museum houses masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne or Van Gogh.
This modern art museum, located in the beautiful Les Halles district, is not only distinguished by works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse or Miró, but also by its original exterior design with colored pipes on the facade and escalators.
In the Rococo-style palace of the Hotel Biron and its gardens, some of Rodin's most famous sculptures are exhibited, such as The Gate of Hell, The Thinker or The Kiss.
Located in an ancient orange grove, this museum holds great jewels such as Monet's huge water lily paintings.
Palais National des Invalides
The Palais National des Invalides is one of the most iconic and historical monuments to visit in Paris, as it houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. In Baroque style, this immense complex was built in the late 1600s as a residence for homeless war veterans and currently, in addition to Napoleon's mausoleum and some tombs of his marshals, it is possible to visit the Army Museum and the Cathedral of Saint Louis.
Latin Quarter of Paris
If you want to go out in the evening for a dinner or a drink, you can't miss the Latin Quarter, located south of the Ile de la Cité. In its lively and busy streets, such as Rue Huchette, you will find a wide variety of restaurants with terraces with cheaper prices than the rest of the city. In the neighborhood, in addition to enjoying the atmosphere, you can spend time seeing the Saint Michel square and fountain, visit the Saint Sulpice Church or enter the beautiful Shakespeare & Co bookshop, although the most outstanding monument in the neighborhood is the Pantheon, where the remains of famous people of France such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, Louis Braille or Alexandre Dumas rest, among others. This neoclassical building is among the most important places to see in Paris.
The Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is one of the most famous and beautiful shopping centers in the world. Its 7 floors distributed in a circular way look like a theater thanks to its huge colored dome. do not miss the roof terrace from which you can enjoy one of the best views of central Paris for free. In the Art Nouveau interior, you can find many fashion brands, a gourmet section to buy typical French products and an area of good quality restaurants and cafes. One of the best times to visit Galeries Lafayette is Christmas, with window displays that seem to come to life and a large tree inside.
The Opéra Garnier, a huge neo-Baroque-style building built by order of Napoleon in the 19th century, is another of the most beautiful places to visit in Paris. The decorated interior offers a luxurious and ostentatious image, filled with gold, mosaics and large lamps and some of its most outstanding elements are the grand marble staircase and the impressive show room, decorated in red and gold, which inspired the 'work "The ghost of the opera".
This district is the economic and financial center of Paris with skyscrapers and works of modern architecture and art. A trip within a journey that we highly recommend. The symbol of this area is the Arc de La Défense, a monument completely covered with Carrara marble and glass that wants to be the modern version of the Arc de Triomphe. In this district there is also the tallest building in France, the Tour First, and many works of modern art scattered here and there such as The Four Heads, La Grenouille (a frog-shaped fountain), Le Pouce (one inch high 12 meters) and many more.
The Disneyland Paris Park or Euro Disney (as it is also known) is located 32 kilometers from Paris, it is easily accessible by public transport. To save time during your visit, we recommend that you know the available attractions in advance and select the ones that interest you - especially if you are only going for one day. Disneyland Park is divided into 4 zones: Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Discoveryland and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year!
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is probably the most impressive ensemble of palaces in the world. UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the jewels of European architecture. It is a reflection of the power of the French monarchs, especially Louis XIV who ordered the construction of this marvel. To know all the magical corners to see in Versailles - the different palaces and gardens - you will need a whole day, but if you want to see only the main spaces, you can also do it in a few hours.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
Day 1 - Paris #1 (Highlights: Tour Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées & Latin Quarter) - Google Maps
Day 2 - Paris #2 (Highlights: Notre Dame, Louvre, Opera Garnier, Lafayette & Montmartre) - Google Maps
Day 3 - Paris #3 (Highlights: Centre Pompidou, Marais, Bastille, Pantheon, Orsay Museum & Montparnasse) - Google Maps
Extra - Versailles (by metro from Montparnasse) - Google Maps
Extra - Disneyland Paris (by metro from Chatelet Les Halles) - Google Maps
(By opening the Maps with Google, you can easily follow our path)
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WHERE TO SLEEP in PARIS?
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Choosing an overnight stay in Paris can be really difficult because the city is huge and is made up of 20 arrondissements, from number I, in the heart of the city, on the right bank of the Seine, continuing to increase in number as they move away from the center, following a sort of clockwise spiral. Each of these has its own attractions, a different charm and a wide range of accommodation and hotels. So here is a brief help to understand the ideal area to stay:
Center of Paris - 1st Arrondissement (expensive but convenient area)
Despite being the most expensive area, staying in Paris in the 1st Arrondissement, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, located on the right bank of the Seine, is a very convenient solution. Many of the city's most popular tourist attractions are located here, including the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Palace. It is a very well connected area of the city, here most of the hotels are of a high category. The price of accommodation in central Paris (arrondissement I) is usually around 150-200 euros per night.
Marais - 3rd Arrondissement (best area)
Our favorite place to sleep in Paris is without a doubt Le Marais. In addition to being one of the most traditional neighborhoods in the city, it is central, well connected to the rest of the city and very close to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum or the Pompidou Center, all must-see places in Paris. Add to this a wide range of restaurants and a unique atmosphere, both day and night, Le Marais is perfect for a stay in Paris.
It is advisable to avoid the Beaubourg area, of which we have not read excellent opinions, especially at night. The price of accommodation in Le Marais is usually around 130-150 euros per night.
Latin District - 5th Arrondissement (nightlife and central area)
In the 5th arrondissement we find the Latin Quarter, which is one of the areas of Paris with the most atmosphere, especially at sunset, when hundreds of tourists and locals flock to the area to enjoy its trendy clubs. The Latin Quarter is a central area, it is very close to the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Sorbonne and the Notre Dame Cathedral and has cheaper accommodation than other nearby areas such as Le Marais, so it is a great alternative to stay in Paris if your budget is a little tighter.
The price of accommodation in the Latin Quarter is usually around 100 euros per night.
Montparnasse - 14th Arrondissement (economic area)
In the 14th arrondissement we find Montparnasse, one of the most famous districts of the city, even if it is not always considered as a place to sleep in Paris because it is considered quite far from the most central area. While this is true, Montparnasse is perfectly connected by public transport to the city center (you can get there in about 30 minutes), and also has a wide range of restaurants and cafes, so we believe that if your budget is tight, Montparnasse is perfect. to stay in Paris. Despite this, do not forget that the Pigalle area is not recommended at night and if you feel like walking it is better to do it with common sense and not bring your camera and valuables in sight. The price of accommodation in the Latin Quarter is usually around 100 euros per night.
Torre Eiffel - 7th Arrondissement (romantic area)
Despite being the best known place in Paris, for us the Eiffel Tower area, in the 7th arrondissement, is not the best area to stay in Paris because it is a place where only the Eiffel Tower is located. Despite this, the whole area is very well connected and within walking distance you can find some attractions such as the Musée d'Orsay and Rodin. Here you will find some of the more expensive hotels in Paris if you are looking to sleep with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The price of accommodation at the Eiffel Tower is generally between 150-200 euros per night.
Champs-Elysées - 8th Arrondissement (most elegant area)
The 8th arrondissement is undoubtedly the most elegant area and also one of the most expensive to sleep in in Paris and we cannot forget that this is where the Champs Elysées is located, the main artery of the city and one of the most elegant streets. Although the entire boulevard is perfectly connected to the rest of the city and you will be close to many of the main attractions, we feel that the prices are not justified. The price of accommodation in this area is usually 300 euros per night, although sometimes you can find offers that go below 150 euros.
Opera - 9th Arrondissement (convenient and well-priced area)
In the 9th arrondissement we find Ópera, which for us is one of the best areas to find a hotel in Paris as you will be close to everything and at the same time you can enjoy a good atmosphere, both during the day and at night. In addition, this area is also known to be one of the most commercial in the city, here are the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps shopping centers and they have many dining options to suit all budgets. The price of accommodation in this neighborhood is generally between 100 and 130 euros.
Bastille - 11th Arrondissement (trendy area)
Although the Bastille area, in the 11th arrondissement, has become very fashionable in recent times as a good place to stay in Paris, it is important to keep in mind that the neighborhood is very large, so it is important to stay in a well-connected area, like those near the Place de la Bastille. This way you will find yourself in a place very close to Le Marais and the Latin Quarter, which in addition to being perfectly connected to the rest of the city, has a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Keep in mind that here most of the hotels that have a lower price are usually the ones further away and those that have a slightly lower quality than the rest of the city.
La Défense (contemporary and modern area)
It is not very central but the prices here are much lower. The most convenient thing is that there is the yellow metro line 1 which leaves you right in the center of Paris in 15 minutes.
Sinner Paris ***** (area: Louvre)
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Hotel Le Mareuil **** (area: Marais)
Little Palace Hotel **** (area: Marais)
Hotel Duo Paris **** (area: Marais)
Hidden Hotel by Elegancia **** (area: Champs-Elysées)
Hotel Keppler **** (area: Champs-Elysées)
Hotel du Vieux Marais *** (area: Marais)
Hotel Turenne Le Marais *** (area: Marais)
Les Tournelles Paris *** (area: Marais)
Apostrophe Hotel *** (area: Montparnasse)
Le 20 Prieuré Hôtel *** (area: Marais)
Generator Paris Hostel (area: zona Gare du Nord)
Map'Hotel • THE SOCIAL HUB PARIS LA DEFENSE
Located in the modern district of la Défense and close to the most important business schools in Paris, the Social Hub Paris is the perfect solution for those who want to visit Paris. Excellent connection to the city center thanks to the Yellow Metro Line 1, which connects the hotel to major attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Hotel de Ville / Marais and the Louvre. The Social Hub Paris Paris is a co-living space where travelers and students come together to study, stay, work and have fun. What is striking is the breathtaking design and the lively and international atmosphere that sets it apart. Inside the property you will find a study area, a shared kitchen, a games room, a laundry room and even a gym. Just think that we have met guys who have lived here for 4 years! For us, traveling and sleeping in a Social Hub Paris is now like coming home!
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WHERE TO EAT in PARIS?
10 BEST RESTAURANTS in PARIS Quality / Price
€€€ - Le Who's (Gay Restaurant) (area: Marais) ® Tested by World Mappers
€€ - La Petite Hostellerie (Fondue!) (area: Quartiere Latino)
€€ - Bouillon Chartier (French Restaurant) (area: Opéra Garnier)
€€ - Au Petit Fer à Cheval (French Bistrò) (area: Hôtel de Ville / Marais)
€€ - Le Bistro des Augustins (French Restaurant) (area: Notre Dame)
€€ - Café Voulez-Vous (Gay Brasserie Restaurant) (area: Marais)
€€ - Restaurant L'Ange 20 (Gay Restaurant) (area: Marais)
€ - TATA Burger (Gay Restaurant - delicious Hamburgers) (area: Marais) ® Tested by World Mappers
€ - Crêperie de Cluny (French) (area: Quartiere Latino)
€ - Bistrot Victoires (French Restaurant) (area: Louvre)
GAY NIGHTLIFE in PARIS
10 BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in PARIS
Le Marais, one of the most historic areas of Paris, with restaurants, boutiques and art galleries, is also the hub of gay nightlife, with many gay clubs near Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie and rue des Archives.
COX (Gay Bar & Club) ® Tested by World Mappers
Freedj (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers
El Hombre (Gay Bear Bar)
RAIDD Bar (Gar Club & Bar) - famous for the Thursday Shower Show
Ze Baar (Gay Bar)
Queztal (Gay Bar)
One Way (Gay Bar)
Banana Café (Gay Bar)
Duplex Bar (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers
Les Souffleurs (Gay Bar)
Bear's Den (Gay Bar)
La Boite (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers
Le Velvet (Gay Bar)
The LABO (Gay Bar & Club)
3W Kafe (Lesbian Bar)
Le Bar'Ouf (Lesbian Bar)
La Champmesle (Lesbian Bar)
La Mutinerie (Lesbian Bar)
Matinée Paris - Event (Gay Club)
YOYO - Evento "BigWolf" (Gay Club)
Club Hassmann - Evento "Doctor Love" (Gay Club)
CUD (Gay Club)
Gibus Club (Gay Club)
Le Dépôt (Cruise Bar)
Le Keller (Fetish & Cruise Bar)
Le Secteur X (Cruise Bar)
Krash Bar (Cruise Bar)
Le NEXT (Cruise Bar)
L'impact (Cruise Bar)
Le Mensch (Cruise Bar)
Cabaret Sauvage - John Dixon UNDER Event (Gay Club)
La Java - "Trou Aux Biches" Event (Gay Club)
TRAVEL TIPS about PARIS by World Mappers
As in most major tourist cities, various City Passes are also available for Paris which include the main tourist attractions in the price (often very high). The main ones are:
The most comprehensive tourist card is the Paris Pass, which includes free (skip-the-line) admission to more than 80 museums and attractions with multiple options for the days of validity. In addition, it includes unlimited use of public transport during the validity days, free access to tour buses, a panoramic cruise along the Seine and the ascent of the Eiffel Tower. For prices consult the official website.
Paris Museum Pass
Much cheaper is the Paris Museum Pass, but it does not include unlimited use of public or tourist transport and the ascent to the Eiffel Tower.
2, 4 and 6 day passes are available.
Another very complete option to save is the Paris Passlib 'card, a modular pass that allows you to cover all the needs of the traveler. For example, the Mini version includes an hour of cruising and a day on the panoramic buses. The more complete 2, 3 and 5-day passes, on the other hand, also include the Paris Museum Pass and the Paris Visite. It is possible to add access to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, for a supplement of € 20. It starts from the Paris Passlib' Mini, which includes 3 attractions, the City, Explore formula, up to the Paris Passlib' Prestige with 6 attractions included.
Paris Explorer Pass
The Paris Explorer Pass is Go City's modular subscription. Like the Paris Passlib', this pass grants entry to 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions of your choice from those available, with a validity of 60 days from first use. It should therefore not necessarily be used on consecutive days. The big difference with its twin pass is in the type of attractions and activities proposed: in fact, here you will find only some of the great classics that all tourists want to admire while there is a wide choice between niche attractions, themed tours and special experiences to live. Paris from different perspectives. There is the Louvre, but in combination a visit to the exterior of the building is offered, there is the Eiffel Tower but in addition to the entrance, a guided tour on the history and characteristics of the monument is offered. And then gastronomic tours, guided tours to discover the most fascinating neighborhoods, tastings and cruises on the Seine.
To know the closing days of museums and monuments in Paris, visit this website.
Paris is one of the best organized European cities and has an extensive transport network that allows you to reach anywhere in the city without any problems. However, we recommend that you stay overnight in an area that is well connected and suitable for tourism, to save time when traveling. In the guide to accommodation in Paris you will find all the information relating to accommodation. Public transport in Paris uses a fare system that varies by area. So, depending on the area, the price of tickets varies: from more expensive to cheaper. If you move in the most central area (zone 1) and in the nearest towns (up to zone 3) the price is cheaper. If you need to get to the airports, Disneyland or Versailles (zone 5) the price increases or you need a different ticket. By clicking on this link you will find the map of the Paris fare zones. If you use public transport in Paris, you can opt for the single ticket (t +), the Île-de-France ticket (allows you to exit zone 1-2) or, alternatively, a season ticket like the ones we present below :
SINGLE TICKET (TICKET T+)
This ticket is valid for one journey only on metro lines, RER lines in zone 1, bus lines (except Orlybus and Roissybus), tram lines and Montmartre funicular. Not valid on RER or SNCF Transilien commuter lines outside Paris. The single ticket can be purchased at the automatic ticket machines or at the station ticket offices. Buying the “ticket t +” single ticket in a package of 10 tickets is cheaper than buying the single tickets separately. The price of a single transport ticket in Paris varies depending on the area. Within zones 1 to 3, a journey costs around € 2.80 and a block of 10 tickets costs around € 22.40.
The île-de-France ticket is designed for occasional travel on RER or commuter trains. With these tickets you can travel from central Paris to Versailles or Disneyland Paris. The price of the ticket varies according to the distance of the route. On the transport website you can calculate the ticket price according to your needs.
PARIS VISITE TICKET
This pass allows you to travel indefinitely during a certain period using the entire Île-de-France transport network which includes: Metro, RER, Bus, Tram, SNCF suburban trains, Montmartre funicular, Montmartrobus, Noctilien, Optile network. This subscription is available for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days and also for zones.
The Mobilis is a day pass that allows you to travel unlimited on all means of transport except the Orlyval airport link, the SNCF reserve lines and the special fare lines. This subscription is in the form of a magnetic ticket, before its use it is necessary to write the name and date of use.
The Navigo ticket is the most used ticket by Parisians. Allows unlimited travel in selected areas. The means of transport accepted by the Pass Navigo are: metro, bus, RER, tram, Montmartrobus, Noctilien and Montmartre funicular. The Navigo Pass card is electronic, costs € 5 and is valid for 10 years.
Unusual and Particular Places to See in Paris
Outside the classic attractions to visit, there is a "Secret Paris" that has simply bewitched us. These are some places that in our opinion are worth seeing if you have already seen everything that the city has to offer or simply if you want to get away from the typically touristy areas. Here are the 10 Things and Places to See in Secret Paris:
Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Pere Lachaise is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, as well as being the largest to see in Paris. Many famous people rest here, such as the great singers Maria Callas or Edith Piaf or composers such as Chopin. Here is also the grave of singer Jim Morrison, leader of the Doors.
59 Rivoli - This building from the mid-1800s to 59 Rue Rivoli, which belonged to the Crédit Lyonnais and then abandoned, was occupied in 1999 by the group of artists called "KGB" (which stands for Kalex, Gaspard and Bruno). Today it is the third most visited center for contemporary art in Paris with over 40,000 visitors a year, thirty ateliers and an art gallery. The entrance is free and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 13.00 to 20.00.
Shakespeare and Company - This iconic Parisian bookshop doubles as the "Tumbleweed Hotel" for traveling writers. IN 1951, an American named George Whitman opened a bookstore with the hope of creating a literary hub in the heart of Paris and welcoming all writers who needed a place to stay in Paris. Painted on an interior door is the bookcase motto "Be kind to strangers so they aren't angels in disguise." Shakespeare and Company is located on the Left Bank of Paris, opposite the Notre Dame Cathedral, at 37 rue de la Bûcherie in the Latin Quarter. The library is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00, while the adjacent bar is open from 9:30 to 19:00 (20:00 on weekends). Shakespeare and Company can get busy (especially on weekends).
29 Avenue Rapp di Jules Lavirotte - This Art Nouveau building that drove Paris crazy at the turn of the century. Built in 1901 by Jules Lavirotte, this seven-story creation is probably the most extreme example of Art Nouveau in the French capital.
Statue of Liberty, Pont de Grenelle - This statue was donated to France by the United States to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. A replica of the Statue of Liberty in the middle of the Seine.
Dans le Noir? - The restaurant where you dine in complete darkness. An idea of associations of blind people, to sensitize people to this visual handicap. An absolutely unique experience.
La Danse de la Fontaine Emergente - This monumental fountain was designed by the French-Chinese sculptor Chen Zhen, who died in 2000, and completed by his wife Xu Min in 2008. It is located on Place Augusta-Holmes.
House of Nicolas Flamel - The oldest stone house in Paris was built by its most famous alchemist, Nicolas Flamel. You can find it at 51 rue de Montmorency in Paris. The building is still the same from the outside, but the inside has been converted into a restaurant, the Auberge Nicolas Flamel.
La REcyclerie - This Parisian café adheres to an ethics of reuse. Located in a disused train station, La REcyclerie stands in stark contrast to other posh restaurants in the area. The REcyclerie is dedicated to the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. It offers locally produced food and produce that encourages as well as DIY lessons and creative skills ranging from theater, gardening to cooking.
Au Roi de la Bière - Built in 1892 and called Au Roi de la Biére ("The King of Beer"), what was originally an Alsatian brasserie is now a McDonald's. An exceptional location for this fast food giant (it has been considered a national historical monument since 1997).
Instagrammable Places to See in Paris
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The Most BEAUTIFUL STREET ART WORKS of PARIS
Could we not talk about Street Art in Paris? Obviously not! In this city you can find some fantastic masterpieces. To discover the map of the most beautiful Street Art in Paris click here. Here you will find the 6 most important areas to see - click here.
the BEST SECRET BAR in PARIS
In Paris there are some of the best Secret Bars in the world, very special:
L’épicier (behind a shelf in the entrance of the grocery store)
Le Lavomatic (behind a Laundromat)
Moonshiner (behind a Fridge Door)
Le Syndicat (behind old Posters)
The Most BEAUTIFUL MARKETS in PARIS
The Saint-Ouen flea market, or Clignancourt, spans around seven hectares, making it the largest second-hand and antiques market in the world. The variety of second-hand items you can find here is endless, from jewelry and furniture to clothing and household items. Watch out for pickpockets.
Address: Rue des Rosiers, 124, 93400, Saint-Ouen, France
Hours: Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Monday from 11:00 to 17:00.
This Parisian market has become very popular and somewhat elitist and expensive. The products sold are organic food of good quality. If you are an organic food enthusiast and are looking for quality food, you can visit this market on Sunday mornings on Boulevard Raspail.
Located in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, this market is known for its central location. In this Paris street market you can find all kinds of groceries such as a wide variety of cheeses, pasta, fruit and vegetables. Some stalls also offer clothing and household items. You can find this market on Thursday and Saturday mornings.
The market of the Enfants Rouges (literally, the red children's market) owes its curious name to the children of the orphanage nearby in the 16th century, who wore a red uniform. It is the oldest covered market in Paris and one of the busiest. Here you will find food stands with delicacies from Italy, Africa, Lebanon and, in general, from all over the world. The market is located on Rue de Bretagne, 39.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 to 20:30 and Sunday from 8:30 to 17:00 (closed on Mondays).
This market dedicated to botany takes place between Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle, in pavilions dating back to 1900.
GAY FRIENDLY TOURS
Do you want to discover the city more deeply through Paris' Best Gay Tours? We recommend the following local operators:
Gaily Tour - Tour Operator offering tours and excursions dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community throughout Europe. Special Tours and Gay & Lesbian Friendly Guides ready to make you discover the beauties of this destination. Info & Booking: info@GailyTour.com
Paris • Enlightenment Tour
Start this amazing walking tour with our Gay/Lesbian Guide. Start you tour with the view of the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris (entrance fee included). Continue to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", observe artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. Pass by the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame and finish your tour at the Louvre Museum, a former fortress and royal palace, where you will find the famous great art masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
* Gay or Lesbian Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours)
* Entrance Fee Skip-The-Line – Eiffel Tower, 2nd Floor
Paris • Gay Tour & Marais District’s Secrets
Be ready for this great LGBT tour of Paris together with our Gay/Lesbian Guide. Start from Marais District, the new trendy area with cool individual fashion boutiques and a hidden food market. Afterwards continue your walking tour in Canal Saint Martin, a hip area where many gay people have moved to in recent years, with fun street art, cool cafes and a design bookshop plus walking along the historic canal where boats still sail on. Finally reach the Louvre Museum where you will experience great LGBT tour following the gay history’s trail of many French and European artists. This is a very astonishingly Gay museum. From ancient Greek and Roman and the Italian Renaissance, where they were also at often smiled at. The Louvre’s massive Greek vase collection is particularly rich in homoerotic themes, as are its Roman and Italian collections.
* Gay or Lesbian Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours)
* Entrance Fee Skip-The-Line – Louvre Museum (Closed on Tuesdays)
Versailles • Gay Tour & Royal Palace's Secrets
Be ready for a special guided LGBT tour of Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments. Lean more about the secret, sexy gay and lesbian history of Versailles. From Marie Antoinette’s lesbian affairs to the Sun King’s gay brother, Versailles bristled with sexual intrigue while the grounds were a hotbed of raunchy encounters. Homosexuality and lesbianism is woven into the history of the Palace of Versailles and into the lives of its most famous residents. Just look a little closer, and you will see homosexual history hidden in plain sight in its art and artefacts. Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours) * Entrance Fee – Palace of Versailles
Paris by Night • Gay Tour
Enjoy an enlightened Paris and an amazing walking tour through Paris’ gay & lesbian bars and clubs to live on your skin the magic atmosphere and LGBT scene of the city. Walk through the famous LGBT neighborhoods like the Marais and the Canal St. Martin. Enjoy your included drink (also alcohol free drink available) and own the night !
* Gay or Lesbian Tour Guide for Night Tour (2 hours)
* Drink in Gay Bar (1 Drink)