The Best Saunas in Paris
Rest assured, the French get pretty creative when winter sets in and one needs to find different ways of keeping warm. There’s nothing quite like a good sauna session, and this popular pastime is on offer across the city, with different facilities to meet individual needs.
Here are the best sauna experiences in Paris, in no particular order:
IDM Sauna in Paris
There’s got to be a good reason why the general public goes crazy over this particular Parisian sauna, so I had to go check it out for myself. It’s easy to see the appeal.
The sauna itself is incredibly spacious, and there is freedom to move from one side of the space to the other as you wish. Naturally no clothing is required, and the sauna room is filled with vintage-looking furniture that creates quite the ambiance.
This is one of the only saunas in Paris to give multiple towels to each guest upon arrival.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO SUNDAY — 12pm to 1am
ADDRESS: 4 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Grands Boulevards
Medina Hammam Center in Paris
In general, I prefer hammams when it comes to finding the best saunas in Paris. They tend to be oasis type spaces with more high-end facilities, and this one in the far southeast of the city is no different.
The Medina is a place where relaxation meets restoration. There is a full scale sauna up for use, as well as a pool and steam room that guests can use at their leisure. The Moroccan aesthetic really adds to the whole experience, and Moroccan tea and treats are served throughout your visit.
OPENING HOURS: Wednesday TO Monday — 11am to 9pm
ADDRESS: 43 Rue Petit, 75019 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Laumiere
Hammam Pacha in Paris
Hammam Pacha is one of the only hammam’s in Paris that Ive found to be open seven days a week. This is helpful for full-time workers who want to enjoy a relaxing sauna or steam room on their day off.
The facilities are clean and beautifully curated. You can choose from a ton of additional treatments to preceded your sauna sit, including different body scrubs and detox regimes.
One thing I will mention is that Hammam Pacha tends to get quite crowded around lunchtime on weekdays. The central location of this spot makes it a go-to for nine to fivers who don’t want to spend their lunch break making small talk with colleagues — can’t blame ‘em!
OPENING HOURS: MONDAY TO SUNDAY — 11am to 7pm
ADDRESS: 17 Rue Mayet, 75006 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Duroc
L’Eclipse in Paris
What a wonderful spot for a more social sauna experience! L’Eclipse is one of Paris’ most notable sauna experiences, with the addition of steam rooms and play rooms on site as well.
The staff are welcoming and will explain how everything works, and how you can go about ordering drinks throughout your sit. It’s both a relaxing and “cool” environment, ironically. Cool in the senses that this seems to be where like-minded people gather and enjoy one another’s company as they sweat out toxins in unison.
While the official closing time for L’Eclipse is 2am daily, they do start to shut down the sauna around 1:30am, so plan to start making your way out around this time.
OPENING HOURS: MONDAY TO SUNDAY — 12pm to 2am
ADDRESS: 62 Bd de Sébastopol, 75003 Paris, France
METRO STATION: Etienne Marcel
Les Vapeurs d’Orient in Paris
This is another elegant spa with a sauna that attracts people from far and wide. Truth be told, this is perhaps the most aesthetically magical spot, and entering feels a lot like teleportation to the depths of ancient Turkey or the Middle East.
Basic entrance is €25, and it gets you flip-flops, a futah, two towels and access to all of the enclosed facilities. The resting room is where one can go to lay down between sweats or swims, and you can order a range of Moroccan beverages and pastries.
I can’t recommend this sauna experience enough. Make a point of trying it at least once while in Paris!