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The Moulin Rouge and Its Heyday

Opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge remains one of Paris' most legendary spots. But what is it about this cabaret that has awed so many - even inspiring a hit Hollywood movie? Here are five facts about its sensational beginnings that made history.

The Can-Can

This cheeky dance is synonymous with the Moulin Rouge, whose dancers elevated it to an art form, attracting visitors from across the world.

La Goulue

Immortalized on the Moulin Rouge’s iconic poster, La Goulue was the star of the cabaret from the very beginning. The venue owes its early runaway success to her outrageous antics.

Royal Visit

Even the Prince of Wales visited the Moulin Rouge at the height of its popularity. Recognizing him in the crowd, La Goulue famously screamed, "Hey, Wales, the champagne's on you!"

The Garden’s Gigantic Elephant

The elephant from the movie really existed. It was so big that a staircase ran up its leg and a hidden stage was in its stomach, housing exclusive performances for male audiences.

Photo: Roderick Eime @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A Taste for Scandal

Scandal was commonplace, but no performance caused as much furore as an Egyptian-themed dance in 1907, resulting in a riot after two female dancers shared an amorous kiss.

Moulin Rouge: Our Tips

One for the Adults

True to its roots, the Moulin Rouge's performances remain racy – though always tasteful, of course – and thus may not be suitable for children. While children above the age of six are allowed in, some parents may prefer to treat themselves to an adults-only night out and find a babysitter for the evening.

Dress Code

As a high-class venue, the Moulin Rouge expects visitors to come smartly dressed. A jacket and tie for men is appreciated, while shorts, sports clothing, and sneakers are not allowed.

First-come, First-served

Although it is necessary to reserve your tickets for the show and dinner, tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. It's worth arriving early to score a good table near the stage to best admire the spectacular dances, lavish costumes, and elaborate sets.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Moulin Rouge is open all year, except for major holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Opening hours from 7PM.
  • What is the price?
    Prices vary depending on the tickets purchased.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    Moulin Rouge is located at 82 Boulevard Clichy - the nearest metro station, on line 2, is Blanche.
  • Additional tips
    • Dress smart - no shorts, sneakers, or sports gear
    • Some shows may be unsuitable for younger viewers

What People Are Saying About Moulin Rouge

Thoroughly enjoyable ...much more than a 'can can' show!

I went with my two children to the 9pm show and we were all entertained from start to finish. There were many different acts throughout the show. The show was tastefully done and had fabulous talented dancers, variety, glitz, glamour and importantly had our attention throughout! Our experience could not have been better, from the ticket office, to the the various people who welcomed you, the waiters and of course the show itself. Would highly recommend. Was one of our highlights of our Paris trip.

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Reviewed by Lorraine, 10/24/2016

Great safe way to get to all the attractions in the city.

We got the 3 day ticket and would recommend this if you have the time. Sometimes the traffic is heavy in the city centre so it takes a while to get to attractions. This would be the same in a car or taxi though. We got the subway sometimes also but definitely felt safer on the tour bus.

Paris: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-on Hop-off Ticket Reviewed by Lorraine, 10/24/2016

An absolutely beautiful show a great experience as a whole.

The venue, the food, the service and the show was enjoyed by all. I was surprised as I did not expect it to be so great. The show was classy. I feel that it was expensive but can see why and would not hesitate to pay again or recommend it to others.

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Dinner Options Reviewed by Jodie, 10/07/2016

Highly recommend this to see the sights of Paris.

This was booked as a birthday treat for my sister and, as requested, the 2 CV displayed the appropriate number. Generated a considerable amount of interest from passers by as we drove past. Seeing the sights of Paris in this iconic car was an experience not to be forgotten. Not a great deal of padding in the back seat but somehow it added to the experience. Our guide Eric was lovely and very knowledgeable; making us aware of the history of some of the buildings that we would never have known about otherwise. Time was allowed for taking photographs. Would highly recommend this trip.

Private and Personalized Paris Tour in a Citroën 2CV Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/29/2016

A lot of insight into the scenery of Montmartre

Interesting stories about Van Gogh and other artists. Excellent pace, great English and splendid Restaurant recommendations (Guide Holly).

Paris: Montmartre 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Anton, 09/26/2016

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