Located in the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris, the Le Marais shopping district is an iconic area known for welcoming gay and lesbians looking for a distinctive shopping experience. A hub for LGBTQ, Le Marais is filled with cobblestone alleys, along which high and low shops sell gay inspired goods from fashion underwear to records and books. Following is a sample of the variety of stores that define the Le Marais shopping experience for gays.
Browse gay-themed department stores and small shops
The BHV Homme (Rue de la Verrerie) is a men-only department store. It has four floors of gay-inspired street wear, costumes, brand name collections, accessories and perfume. It also creates wedding lists for gay people who are ready to tie the knot.
Les Dessous D’Apollon owns two gay-focused stores in the Le Marais shopping district. The Le Marais Paris Megastore (8 rue de Moussy) sells men’s underwear in every shape and color imaginable, along with sexywear, loungewear and swimwear. The ES Collection Paris (15 rue du Bourg Tibourg) store sells only items with the same brand name.
Specialty stores sell the daring side of gay life
IEM (16 Rue Ste., Croix de la Bretonnerie) sells latex and leather fashions and accessories, plus DVDs, toys, magazines and essentials like gels and stimulants. This is a seriously gay store!
RoB Paris (8 square, Ste. Croix square de la Bretonnerie) has a large collection of items for gay people, 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 free-wheeling singer Madonna, a true Queen, but also sells a range of music by gay artists.
Les Mots a la Bouche (6, rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonneir) is an everything-gay bookstore that sells DVDs, magazines, gift items and much more.
Gay art forms found in the boulangerie and tattoos
Legay Choc (45, Ste.-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.