My City: Paris Musts From The Founders Of Misterbnb & MyGayTrip


Travel like a local with Vee Travels’ My City features, which highlights the must-dos in a major city or neighborhood from men all over the world. In this edition, we explore the Paris with Matthieu Jost and Marc Dedonder, the founders of Misterbnb (the gay men’s Airbnb-like website) and MyGayTrip (popular gay lifestyle resource in Europe), who share their favorite places to dine, relax, shop and go out.

France natives currently live in different neighborhoods in Paris,  Matthieu and Marc launched Misterbnb earlier this year, now with offerings from London to Tel Aviv and Valencia to New York.

The apartment rental website, for short stays to vacation or long-term, was created to help gay men find stays with other members of the community to make sure they’ll be staying with open minded people and city (plus gay scene) insiders who’ll know where to go. While we shouldn’t live in a bubble where we communicate or socialize with only members of the community, when traveling and opting to stay in a stranger’s apartment (or if you’re the one hosting), knowing that one another is gay can help build some confidence in a way. Also, in case you are wondering who the fellow above is, it’s French model Johan Akan (a Misterbnb brand ambassador).

Paris of course if one of the top cities on Misterbnb. See Matthieu and Marc’s selections to visit below:

Favorite Paris Eats:


Les Marronniers – “It’s the best value for money in Le Marais, the gay neighborhood in Paris. You can try the famous chicken salad 22, vla les flics

Kong  – Asian fusion cuisine at the top of the Kenzo shop (pictured above). “Do not forget to book a table near the window at the last floor of the restaurant with an amazing view on the Seine.”

La Maison Mère – “Next to Pigalle, a very trendy place with Paris best fish & chips and some very tasty hip burgers.”

An Outdoor Escape:


Buttes Chaumont (located in the southern corner of the 19th district) in the in summer times. On Sundays, sunbathe on the grass and go for a drink of Rosé wine at the gay-friendly Rosa Bonheur bar.”

Where To Shop:

“[Rue] Montorgueil is the best place to shop in Paris. You’ll find many sneakers and clothes shops in the area. Also go for Le Havre/Caumartin for the big department stores.” Watch a video above to get the feel of walking this street in the 1st and 2nd districts.

Place To Kill Time & People Watch: 


“Les Marronniers is definitely the best terrace to sit and watch the cutest guys of Paris in the gay neighborhood (Le Marais, pictured above).”

For A Quick Drink Go To:


Spyce Bar – “Nice people and music, plus cheap prices. There’s something going on every night of the week.”

Party Recommendation:


Scream Paris – “Every Saturday night in the center of Paris, clubbers crowd”

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About Andrew Villagomez

Andrew Villagomez is a lifestyle journalist, style photographer and owner of He contributes to publications such as, Out Magazine, Logo TV's, Passport Magazine,, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @VeeTravels

Posted on November 17, 2013, in Food + Drink, Gay Travel, Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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