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Le Point WC – Paris’ Glamorous Toilet!

It's not easy to find a public toilet in Paris, and nearly impossible to find free ones. There are a couple of options for using the restroom when nature calls.

Public toilet – sanisette – in Paris

You can use the public toilets that are found on the street called sanisettes, some of them are free others require either a 50-cent piece or a 1 Euro piece. They are self-cleaning, but still, in my opinion not that clean.

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By the way, a good tip to know: the door opens automatically after 15 minutes, so if you are uh-hmmm, blocked in any way, and require some extra time, I don't suggest a sansiette! This timer was developed so that the toilets would not be abused by prostitutes or drug dealers/addicts.

Another way to use the restroom is to go to a cafe and buy a drink, like a coffee. This is the method I most often use. In some cafes you may still have to pay to use the restroom. There could be an attendant as well who is there to make sure that the toilets stay clean.

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Last Fall when we stopped for a panache and saw Christian Clavier I used the facilities at Les Deux Magots. The attendant was actually a guy, probably a university student, and he let me use the men's stall as the women's were all in use. For France that is like royal customer service! It was worth the 40 cents to have access to the barely used men's stall!

You can also go to a restaurant, but of course, that needs to be coordinated with when you actually want to eat…


However, the most glamorous way to access a public restroom is to find and use one of the three Le Point WC toilets located on the Champs-Élysées, at the Printemps department store on Blvd Haussmann, or at the Carousel de Louvre. Talk about chic!

I am not exactly sure when the one at the Carousel opened. It seems that when I passed through to use the public restroom in May last year it wasn't there. But this past November, voila, it was there!


Sitting at the bottom of the escalator was an entrance that I actually thought was a bathroom store. That would have been an odd choice for the upscale shops at the Carousel, although there is the exception of the damn new McDonald's. But no, Le Point WC is a public toilet and it is magnifique! For one Euro you can pee in luxury.

There are several little rooms, each one with a different theme and each one meticulously cleaned after each use. It is an absolute decadent experience.

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During our visit to Paris, I used these facilities twice on two different days. Somehow no matter where we started out we somehow always ended up passing by the gardens of Les Tuileries, and the Carousel is right nearby, very strategic if you ask me…

A closer view of the entrance signage

Le Point WC does sell a large variety of colored and decorated toilet papers (are those safe?) as well as other luxury bathroom items so there were just as many people in the small space buying product as using the facilities, in fact, if it wasn't for the fact that I am an honest gal, I could have slipped in and out without paying. But since I am a good girl, I made my way to the counter and left my one Euro coin nonetheless.

Here are some videos of the inside of some of the different themed stalls at the three locations.

I don't plan on doing a whole bathroom series (I promise) but I have one more tip on this topic which I will discuss next week, so stay tuned!

I have written an entire post on using the bathroom in Paris, check it out!


Andi Fisher

I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!

  • Flights
    • Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com
    • For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
    • If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    • For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
    • For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
  • Tours + Atractions
    • I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
    • If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
    • Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
    • If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
  • Don't Forget Travel Photos
    • One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
  • Peace of Mind
    • It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWingSquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
    • Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).
  • Planning

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  1. Interesting 😀 Never thought that toilets could be an interesting topic, but it actually is!

  2. I hate the first kind of toilet you spoke about !
    But know, some towns has got free ones like that. ^^
    Hope it will come to Paris one day !

  3. Oh that sounds nice. I should remember this when I go to Paris again. It reminds me of the restrooms at Harrods in London, they looked really nice and “turn of the century” vintage but you had to pay a whopping £1,00 to use them (at the time, the exchange rate made that about 1,75 €). I’d rather use Le Point WC : cheaper and high tech. 🙂 We have a sanisette in my hometown as well … I agree with you, not that clean and to be avoided as much as possible.

  4. Hi, Andi. I’m getting ready to go to Paris and ran across your blog. I wanted to share my own strange men’s room French experience. In 2000 I was at Versailles when I got my period unexpectedly. I asked a woman at the gift shop if she sold sanitary napkins. Actually, I said, “Pour femmes” and cradled my hands as though they were going between my legs! I felt like an idiot but she understood, and she was On. A. Mission. She escorted me outside to the rest room and took me to the head of the line! She explained something to the woman in charge, who gave me a pad and whisked me immediately into the men’s room, as the ladies’ was full. Those two women rocked! I had to wash my hands but you’d better believe I kept my eyes on the ground. Didn’t want the guys to think I was peeking! I’ll put the luxury WCs on my to do list. Thanks!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Emmy, too funny! If anything should come up again period in French is “regle”