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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.
This cheeky dance is synonymous with the Moulin Rouge, whose dancers elevated it to an art form, attracting visitors from across the world.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- When to visitMoulin 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 thereMoulin 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
We would rate this 10 out of 10, we would recommend this show to anyone visiting paris, not to be missed. Love, love, love it...
Thanks a lot for helping us to and procure this chance to assist to this spectacular show and enjoy a lovely dinner with a huge equipment and a professional group like this one
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.
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.
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.