Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret in the world and has become the centre of nightly entertainment. The original cabaret dates back to 1889, but unfortunately burned down in 1915.

It was the birthplace of the famous cancan, originally a seductive dance of courtesans, which today serves more to entertain the audience. It is located in the Montmartre district, which was alive with music, theatre and nightlife, which is still the case today.

What makes the building typical is its resemblance to the red windmill that contains its name. The cabaret has been featured in many films and books and is one of the main symbols of Paris. Today, it is still in operation and prepares a variety of shows and dinners for visitors during the evening.

The building is divided into 4 floors with spaces for the club and bars, but most interesting is the new access to the roof of the mill, where the bar is located.

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Tickets and where to buy them

If you want to go inside, and still attend some of the shows, you'll have to pay a little extra, but make sure to book everything early. The same goes for dinners with the show.

They offer several different menus of sumptuous dinners with performance.

Prices range from 150 eur to 220 eur per person. Dinners are scheduled for 7:00 pm, then the show is at 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

Prices for the shows vary (usually between 25 and 60 eur), but everything must be booked in advance on the official website.

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Moulin Rouge programme

The cabaret shows are always 3 times a day and last about an hour and a half. They start at 19:00, 21:00 and 23:00.

You can look forward to a traditional cabaret show with cancan dancers and exposed breasts, but the show is definitely not vulgar. On the contrary, you will leave with impressions of understated elegance and gracefulness of movement.

The show is spiced up with various other performances, lighting elements or even a large aquarium, where one of the dancers performs amazing water shows with live pythons or a dolphin.

Accommodation nearby

If you don't want to travel all over Paris after a show at the Moulin Rouge, stay at one of the well-rated hotels in close proximity to the cabaret.

How to get there

It is advisable to combine the cabaret with a visit to the surrounding Montmartre district and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. The cabaret is best enjoyed after dark, when it is beautifully lit and its red colour stands out.

There are several public transport stops near the Moulin Rouge.

  • Metro 2 - Blanche station (approx. 30 metres)
    • Arc de Triomphe, Bassin de la Villette, Nation, Père-Lachaise Cemetery
  • Metro 13 - Place de Clichy station (approx. 250 metres)
    • Champs-Elysées, Petit + Grand Palais, Pont Alexandre III, Invalides, Musée Rodin, Basilique Saint-Denis, Stade de France
    • Gare Saint-Lazare, Gare Montparnasse
  • Buses from Blanche stop (approx. 80 metres)
    • 30 - Arc de Triomphe, Trocadéro, Eiffel Tower, Parc André Citroën, Pigalle
    • 54 - Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Pigalle, Porte de Clichy, Mairie de Clichy, Bassin de la Villette
    • 68 - Louvre, Opera Garnier, Palais Royal, Tuileries Gardens, Musée d'Orsay, Porte d'Orléans
    • 74 - Louvre, Pigalle, Porte de Clichy, Clichy

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