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.
Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat: 10h-21h
Mixed (swimsuit must be worn)
All public holidays falling on Thu or Fri