Located in the third and fourth arrondissements of gay Paris, Le Marais district is an iconic area known for welcoming gay men and lesbians looking for a distinctive shopping experience. A hub for the LGBT community, Le Marais is filled with cobblestone alleys, along which shops sell a variety of goodies, from fashion to underwear to records to books. Here's just a sample of the variety of stores that defines the gay Marais shopping experience:
Browse gay-themed department stores and boutiques
The BHV Homme (Rue de la Verrerie) is a men-only department store. It has four floors of gay-inspired streetwear, costumes, brand name collections, accessories and perfume. It also creates wedding lists for gay couples who are ready to tie the knot! Les Dessous D’Apollon owns a Megastore (8 rue de Moussy) where you will find men’s underwear in every shape and color imaginable, along with sexywear, loungewear and swimwear.
Gay lifestyle stores
IEM (16 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie) sells latex and leather fashions and accessories, plus DVDs, toys, magazines and essentials like gels and stimulants. RoB Paris (8 Square Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie) has a large collection of gay lifestyle items, ranging from latex, leather and neoprene clothing and underwear to accessories, DVDs and lubricants/stimulants.
Gay culture in music and books
Lucky Records (66 rue de la Verrerie) is dedicated to the true Queen of pop, Madonna, but also sells a range of music by other gay-friendly favorites. Meanwhile, Les Mots a la Bouche (6 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonneir) is a fantastic LGBT bookstore in Le Marais that sells literature, magazines, gift items and much more.
Tasty treats and tattoos
Legay Choc (45 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie) sells delicious high-quality pastries and baguettes, many of which are evocatively shaped for the enjoyment of the gay community! Abraxas (9 rue Saint-Merri) is a luxurious tattoo and piercing salon serving an eclectic crowd, including gay clubbers.