The Marais, a residential and entertainment district for the LGBTQ+ community; Pigalle and its former lesbian cabarets; the Palais Royal, the place for male encounters in the 18th century, and even Père Lachaise cemetery with its tombs of well-known gay icons … Gay Paris has existed for a very long time and a range of guided tours now allows visitors to discover its heritage.
One of the best ways of discovering gay and lesbian Paris is with Paris Gay Village. Since 2005, the specialized tour guides from this association have concocted some thirty or so visits, including several that are available in English. Explore the quarter of the Madeleine and learn all about Jean Cocteau’s life; walk around Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the hub of the LGBT community in the 1950s and 60s; and stroll through cemeteries on the lookout for the tombs of homosexual couples, united for eternity…
Want to discover the secrets of the Marais? The gay-friendly guided visit offered by Meeting the French allows visitors to discover this historic district through its bars, clubs, restaurants and LGBTQ+ related stores. From old-style buildings to cheeky boutiques, it’s also the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Parisian homosexual community.
Queer Tours France is a French company specialized in itineraries that go beyond conventional city tours by incorporating and highlighting the history of the LGBTQIA+ community in Paris. From the Place de la Concorde to Notre-Dame, from Saint-Germain to the Marais and Montmartre, from the Louvre to Versailles, their tours explore the highlights of Paris and include the stories of queer individuals who made Paris their home throughout the centuries.
Paris To Versailles Private Tours usually offer tours on the history and heritage of the French Monarchy. Customised tours dedicated to the history of gay Paris are also available. The Marais district - a beautiful historic area - is the epicentre of the tour. Here you will discover beautiful historic buildings with 17th century architecture that are now home to shops, businesses and gay and trendy addresses. Get in touch with Paris to Versailles Private tours for a customised tour of gay Paris.