Gay Friendly, Romantic Paris

Published Date Author: , February 3rd, 2011

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Paris is a destination that will always be associated with love and romance, the city glitters with lights on the trees, bridges and even the Eiffel Tower sparkles into light in the evenings every hour. Paris is also home to some of the most internationally recognisable sights in the world and the perfect place to enjoy a loved up city break with a fantastic backdrop.

The gay center of Paris is Le Marais, located in the ultra chic 4th

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Arrondissement district; the narrow streets are lined with artisan coffee shops and restaurants next to glamorous boutiques offering up the best of haute couture. The district has over 200 gay friendly bars, clubs, shops, restaurants and hotels and the area is known for its open minded and welcoming atmosphere, gay couples can walk hand in hand and not attract even a glance from other passersby.

For a traditional romantic break in Paris head to the main tourist attractions, sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral provide the perfect backdrop for romantic moonlit walks whilst taking in the iconic views of the famous city. Romantic candlelit restaurants are common place in Paris and a cosy meal with your other half in the Le Marais district offers many to choose from.

If you feel like something a little different, head to the daily markets in Paris and stock up on delicious fresh food, grab some plastic champagne flutes and a bottle and have your very own romantic picnic. For the truly love struck head to the Pont des Artes bridge, where lovers for decades have attached a padlock to the railings with their initials on. Not favoured by the authorities periodically the padlocks are taken down, you could even make a pact to come back again to see if yours had stood the test of time, the perfect excuse for another romantic break!

Eiffel TowerIf your idea of a romantic break is more on the adventurous side, Paris has a wild gay club scene, Le Queen Nightclub is a gay institution in the city and it isn’t for the faint hearted, avoid if you’re more of a wall flower as the flamboyant fight for attention here and get it! If you aren’t the shy type however you’re sure to have a good time here. If pretentious fashion filled venues aren’t your idea of a fun night out had to L’Insolite, a fun nightclub that shows disco is still extremely popular.

However you choose to spend your romantic break in Paris, you are sure to have a fantastic time in this historical, effortlessly fashionable and beautiful city.

This post has been written by travel blogger Charlotte McCulloch of; a travel website offering everything from expert reviews on Paris hotels to hotels in New York.

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