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Need a little inspiration for your next gaycation to Paris. Sure a walk along the Seine River, or a romantic night in a local French wine bar are definitely bucket-list worthy, we thought we'd create a tailored bucket list of 50 gay things to be done in gay Paris. Thanks to all the people who helped, especially David, Seb, Pierre-Ange, Loïc, Roman, Cedric and all the others!). This is it.
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1. Have a beer and shiver on the sidewalk of the Cox bar, in the winter, during the happy hours.
2. Try, more or less discreetly, to photograph the Go-go Dancer in the shower of the Raidd Bar.
3. Run like hell on Place de la République on a Saturday night at 0:58 to make sure you get to the Gibus Club with your free pass, valid until 1am!
4. Have a picnic at the Buttes Chaumont, on the first warm days of spring.
5. Dance in the middle of the street in the Marais during Fête de la Musique every June 21!
6. Buy a "baguette magique" brioche at Legay Choc, just to feel less lonely on winter evenings!
7. Try and make up your mind between a "José Bové" and "the 22 V'la" burger at Les Marroniers!
8. Try unsuccessfully to study, lying on the banks of the Seine, in "Queer Beach", at the Tuileries. Many cuties to stare at!
9. Buy a new harness at Rex
10. Flirt at the BHV, in the DIY department.
11. Tour the Paris fire stations in the early morning, in order to spy on the firemen gym sessions.
12. Stroll through the narrow streets of Le Marais, hoping to run over Mr Prince Charming.
13. Go to the basement of Les Mots à la Bouche book store pretending to be photo amateur, just to stare at the erotic photography books.
14. Catch a taxi on a Sunday at 6 o'clock in the morning out of the House of Moda or Flash Cocotte parties, disguised, in panties and perched on 6-inch heels!
15. Wait in line for 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon to enter Rosa Bonheur
16. Register at Gym Louvre, just to convince friends that you spend your days playing sports.
17. Wonder why there's no gay quality magazine. Oh wait, the new version of TÊTU is out, and it's really good!
18. Go and see a show of Yvette Leglaire. Or Michou.
19. Tempt fate and get lost in the labyrinth of the gardens of the Louvre bushes.
20. Unveil your best dance moves on the podium at Le Tango, feeling like the dame of the ball.
21. Cry over these Parisian gay venues closing down. Will Le Marais remain the iconic Paris gay neighborhood?
22. Never set foot in the Abercrombie & Fitch store on the Champs Elysees, because it's so 2005.
23. Stroll for a whole Sunday afternoon in the corridors of the Sun City and see who you end up with
24. Curse the security staff at Yoyo during a Forever Tel Aviv or BIG circuit party
25. Turn on Grindr in the metro, to see if the hottie sitting in front of you is also connected
26. Have a drink at MercrediX or VendrediX and enjoy the latest Parisian gay gossip
27. Have a drink at L'Impact or l'Entre Deux Eaux, naked but looking very relaxed
28. Drink and dance at La Dimanche on a late Sunday afternoon. No, the weekend's not over!
29. Test all of Paris brunches on Sunday afternoons
30. Swear that, no, you have never set foot in Le Dépot
31. Enjoy an Orange + Carrot + Ginger ice-cream at Une Glace à Paris
32. Try a new haircut at Space Hair Paris
33. Go to the AccorHotel Arena concert hall to see Madonna, Kylie or Beyoncé
34. Get a sunburn during the city's Gay Pride Parade in late June
35. Attend the Paris International Tournament, a multisport tournament open to everyone
36. Appear on a picture in Tribu Move, one of the local free gay magazines
37. Desperately search for the gay area at Bois de Vincennes on Google Maps
38. Nurse your hangover with some of the best falafel on Rue des Rosiers in Le Marais
39. Go working out at Club Med Gym Palais Royal and enjoy the doorless showers
40. Stare at the boys in bathing suits at Les Halles swimming pool, pretending to wait for a friend before going to the movies
41. Party all night at Crazyvores / Follivores or Black Blanc Beur
42. Get to know your neighbors from the next table at the 4Pat pasta restaurant
43. Sit outside having coffee on the Café Beaubourg terrace and spend your afternoon criticizing the guys who walk by
44. Go for a romantic drink on the terrace of the Printemps
45. Push the IEM door ensuring that no one saw you
46. Make an appointment with a friend in front of the Starbucks at Hôtel de Ville
47. Feel unsynced with the world in the metro, going home from a night club at 8 in the morning while everybody else is going to work
48. Spend the day with friends at Disneyland Paris and try to flirt with cast-members
49. Hunt down the latest swimwear trends at Les Dessous d'Apollon to be sure to be on top on the beach of Barcelona
50. Register on misterb&b to find a great gay host in Paris!
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