The Paris gay scene is very open and active, after all the city is home to one of Europe's most iconic and beloved gayborhoods, Le Marais. It comes as no surprise then that along with the many paris gay bars and gay clubs, the city is also home to loads of gay saunas and cruising venues. If you decide to visit a gay sauna in Paris, you'll find there's a wide range of choice.
If you are looking for the most popular gay sauna in central Paris, you should pencil in a visit to Sun City - an iconic Paris gay sauna that is located just on the fringe of Le Marais. As you walk through the venue's antique doorway, and enter the large 3,000-square meter facility, you'll notice that an Indian theme permeates the three floors of space. Like most of the saunas in gay Paris, Sun City offers quite a few amenities, including a large swimming pool, a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, private rooms, a lounge bar, a dark room, a video room and a gym. The cabins are free of charge (you can't rent a room like you do in other countries).
Another option, albeit with half of its space devoted to athletics, Gym Louvre promises a more athletic experience than what you would find it a more typical Paris gay sauna. Aside from the standard gay sauna, there's an ample amount of cardio and weight training equipment should you wish to hit the tred mill or practice some squats. Not far from Gym Louvre, you'll find IDM, another large and well-known Paris gay sauna, which offers four floors and plenty of space for steamy encounters. It gets very busy on Sundays as it is one of the most popular in the gay sauna Paris scene, so prepare for potential crowds.
Head north of central Paris
For a more international experience, try Key West, which is located north of central Paris, just by Gare du Nord. To get there from Le Marais, you can either devote 20 or so minutes to walk, or you can take metro line 4 from Châtelet to Gare du Nord. The sauna offers an international experience thanks to its different theme nights including 'Latin Lovers' or 'Jacuzzi Party'.
Key West offers a lot of space, with 400 lockers and four floors of standard amenities, including a steam room, a large Jacuzzi, and even a hammam. Also north of the city center lies one of the longest-running gay saunas in Paris, and one of the very few to stay open all night, Le King. This Paris gay sauna is located in the 17e arrondissement, not far from Rome metro station on line 2. Le King is open everyday from 1pm to 6pm, meaning you can easily fit a session here in your gay travel itinerary to Paris.
Try one of Paris' gay cruising clubs
Just like with Paris gay saunas, gay cruising venues in the city are abundant and rich in variety. If you want to stay in Le Marais, you should find the time to try Le Depot or L'Impact. Both of these Paris gay cruising clubs offer plenty of space, bars and dancing. If you try L'Impact, don't be surprised when you're told at the entrance to put your clothes in a bag and get naked. Downstairs is where all the action takes place, quite literally! We're talking cabins without doors, slings, and glory holes just to name a few things.
Closer to the city center, you'll find two other gay cruise clubs, Le Bunker and Full Metal, both of which attract uninhibited guys who enjoy leather, denim and other fetishes. Le Bunker is located behind Place de la République, while Full Metal can be found in the heart of Le Marais. With stacks of Paris gay cruising options, France's capital is undoubtedly a strong competitor to Berlin when it comes to Europe's kinkiest capital!