Having first experienced the fetish milieu in London, I was always eager to see what Paris had to offer in terms of kink. The city of lights and love, and the place I was born, has always had a reputation for its freedom of expression about all matters, including sexuality. But was this true or simply an ideal we like to believe?
In our quest for new fetish venues and shops in France, 10 years ago, we were surprised at the lack of apparent fetish interest in the capital city.
You may find plenty of sex shops around Pigalle and Barbès, featuring sex shows and Le Moulin Rouge theatre. This arrondissement and neighbourhood where lived Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec and the grand Vincent van Gogh, and where Josephine Baker opened her first night club, attracts the locals and tourists who want to explore the raunchy part of the city. But what about fetish?
The Parisians do not seem to be so open to the kinkier side of sex or BDSM. Is it frowned upon? Whatever their opinions, it is certainly not in view and exposed to the wider public. Used to so much fetish and BDSM exposure in London, I was somehow disappointed.
I did, eventually, find a fetish and BDSM retail shop, offering what is probably the widest array of latex and leather attires, accessories, toys and all the goods you may possibly need whatever your inclination. The shop is Dèmonia.
A loyal member of Fetish Map London since edition 5 in 2008, Boutique Dèmonia has been growing stronger in its presence and notoriety.
Boutique Dèmonia is discreetly placed in the 11th arrondissement, away from prying eyes. As you approach, you will recognise its monogram above the entrance. Do not be misled by the plain door; inside is a treasure trove for all things fetish and BDSM. Enter and let the friendly team welcome you. Miguel, the manager, is always happy to guide you, answer any questions and give you any tips or help.
LA NUIT DÈMONIA AT THE FAUST
But Dèmonia is much more than a kinky & BDSM shop. It is at the heart of the most renowned fetish soirées in Paris: La Nuit Dèmonia.
Located under the Pont Alexandre III, one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris, the Faust offers the venue for La Nuit Dèmonia. Its vaulted interior lends the perfect decor for Demonia's fetish parties. Three rooms, each one themed individually, the LED dressed tunnel displays a dance floor, and the magnificent winter terrace, the ideal chatting area for those wanting to escape to the fresh air, and the smokers friendly area.
Fetish tourism is one of our passion. Guiding kinksters to beautiful places where the fetish community embraces all its members from all over the world is our mission. What better than enjoy a kinky party on the Rive Gauche, on the banks of the Seine, mixing romanticism and fetishism?
Fly, drive or travel by train to Paris for the next Nuit Dèmonia on October 28th, The theme? 'Scary Party'. And you get an extra hour free, as the clocks go back that same night.
I hope to see you there! And if you go, come and say 'Bonjour' or even 'Bonsoir'.
Live your kink and be happy...
Photography by James Drury
and Eva Lamour
Boutique Demonia, 22 Avenue Jean Aicard, 75011Paris
La Nuit Demonia - Scary Party theme - Faust - Pont Alexandre III - River Gauche, Paris 75007
Saturday 28th October 2017