Going to a hammam?

A trip to Paris would not be complete without a visit to a hammam. A type of steam bath originating in North Africa, it has become very popular in Paris and is a wonderful way to wind down after a week of forced flanerie.

“The first step is to relax in a warm room that is heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air allowing you to work up a glow.  Move on to the hot room and finish off with a plunge in a cold pool. Go through the process as many times as you feel like, fit in a gommage along the way, finish off with a massage and flop down in the cooling room with a book and a thé à la menthe.” – Vingt Paris

The hamman at the Mosqué de Paris is probably the oldest and cheapest, but it is reported that you’re not treated very well and the massage is perfunctory. If you don’t go to the hammam, it still is worth having a thé à la menthe in the tea room.

Les Bains de Marais is one of the best and is the closest to our apartment.

O’Kari Hamman is very highly rated and is close to the apartment. It seems a bit expensive – 90€ for 90 minutes, but you do get: access to hammam, exfoliation with savon noir, body scrub, cleansing with an aleppo soap, shampoo with head massage, access to the jacuzzi, hair drying, so it is probably worth it.

Hamman Paris is another hammam in the 2nd – fairly close to us., and is very reasonably priced. There are several others that get good reviews on the web.

La Mosquée de Paris
39 rue Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire, 75005
01 43 31 38 20

Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat: 10h-21h
Fri: 14h-21h

Tue: 14h-21h
Sun: 10h-21h

Les Bains du Marais
33 rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 75004
Métro Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau
01 44 61 02 02

Mon 10h-20h
Tue 10h-23h
Wed 10h-19h

Thu 10h-23h
Fri 10h-20h

Mixed (swimsuit must be worn)
Wed 19h-23h
Sat 10h-20h
Sun 10h-23h
All public holidays falling on Thu or Fri

O’Kari Hammam
22 rue Dussoubs, 75002
01 42 36 94 66

Women only
Mon-Sun 10h-20h

Hammam Boulevard
23 rue des Jeuneurs, 75002
01 48 01 03 05

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