Migrants in the make-shift Saint-Denis camp, in the outskirts of northern Paris, in November 2020. Photo: Mehdi Chebil
Migrants in the make-shift Saint-Denis camp, in the outskirts of northern Paris, in November 2020. Photo: Mehdi Chebil

Paris is keeping around a dozen shower facilities open for people living rough during the October 30 - December 1 coronavirus lockdown. The showers are free of charge, and users only need to bring their own toiletries. The InfoMigrants newsroom has compiled a list of these facilities and their opening hours.

Paris’s public shower facilities, known as “bains-douches”, are provided by the city and are free of charge. You don’t need any documents or ID to access them, but you will need to bring your own toiletries (such as towels, hygiene products, etc.).

Each person gets their own shower cabin, with each shower being limited to 20 minutes.

Showers with special opening hours for women:

- The Charenton showers: 188 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris

From Monday to Friday between 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., these showers are reserved for women only. France’s emergency assistance service for the homeless (Samu social) also has staff on site to support women who need help.

From Tuesday to Saturday, between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the showers are mixed, as well as on Sundays, between 8 a.m. and noon.

Mixed showers:

- Saint-Merri: 18 rue du renard, 75004 Paris

Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as well as on Sundays between 8 a.m. and noon.

Closed on Thursdays and public holidays.

- Deux-Ponts showers: 8 rue des Deux-Ponts, 75004 Paris

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, between noon and 5:30 p.m.

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

- Lacépède: 50 rue Lacépède, 75005 Paris

Open Tuesday to Saturday, between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., as well as on Sundays between 8 a.m. and noon.

Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

- Oberkampf: 42 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris

Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as well as on Sundays between 8 a.m. and noon.

Closed on Thursdays and public holidays.

- Audubon: 11 rue Audubon, 75012 Paris

Open Mondays to Fridays, between noon and 5:30 p.m.

Closed on weekends and public holidays.

- Rome: 43 rue de Rome, 75017 Paris

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., as well as on Sundays between 8 a.m. and noon.

Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

- Ney: 134 Boulevard Ney, 75018 Paris

Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 7:30 a.m. and noon, as well as on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Closed on Mondays, Thursdays and public holidays.

- Amiraux: 6 rue Hermann-Lachapelle, 75018 Paris

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, between noon and 6 p.m.

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

- Meaux: 18 rue de Meaux, 75019 Paris

Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 7:30 a.m. and noon, as well as on Sundays between 8 a.m. and noon.

Closed on Mondays, Wednesdays and public holidays.

- Rouvet: 1 rue Rouvet, 75019 Paris

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 8 a.m. and noon.

Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

- Petitot, 1 rue Petitot, 75019 Paris

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, between noon and 5:30 p.m.

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

- Pyrénées, 296 rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris

Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as well as on Sundays between 8 a.m. and noon.

Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.

- Buzenval: 27 rue des Haies, 75020 Paris

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, between 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as on Sundays, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Showers that are closed during the lockdown:

- The Bidassoa showers, on 27 rue de la Bidassoa, 75020 Paris

- The Blomet showers, on 17 rue Blomet, 75015 Paris

- Butte-aux-cailles, at 5 place Paul Verlaine, 75013 Paris

Other places:

At the beginning of December, a new reception centre, dubbed “La Nouvelle Halte Humanitaire”, is opening in the 1st arrondissement (district) in central Paris, which will also be equipped with shower facilities.

 

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