What can I say . . . a Paris page without talking about the Moulin Rouge would not be complete!! I am sure that all of you have a picture with the Moulin Rouge but who has seen one of its performances? And all those ladies . . . they are artists, contemporary acrobats sometimes I feel they are underestimated because . . . can you open your legs like they do??? I can't :-(
The Moulin Rouge has recently celebrated its 120 birthday and it is one of the few places in Paris that does not know about the global crisis. Everyday it sells about the 90% of their seats. Opened on 6th October 1889 in occasion of the World’s Fair held in Paris, it will always be associated with names like Belle Epoque, champagne, cancan or Toulouse Lautrec.
Some recent data:
-Prices from 80 to 400 euros (depending if you eat there or not)
-240.000 bottles of champagne sold per year. Moulin Rouge is one of the biggest champagne’s consumers in the world.
-The Cancan ladies come from 14 different countries but most of them are from Australia
-The most frequent spectators come from China, USA, Russia and Germany
You will find easy this famouse cabaret built in 1889. It has red windmill on its roof and it is located close to Montmartre in «red light district of Pigalle». You probablu heard for CAN- CAN dance. Today Moulin Rouge is tourist atraction offering musical dance entertanment for adult
Probably the best known cabaret theatre in the world. This world-famous cabaret was originally built in 1885 to serve as a windmill, but then it was transformed into a dance hall in 1900. Those wild, early days were immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec in his posters and paintings, which are still greatly sought after today. If you fancy a Vegas-style night out, this is the place to be, but remember that it is quite expensive and definately not for the budget travelers
In Paris Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan in bohemian Montmartre.
While at the Moulin Rouge you'll enjoy fine traditional French food such as foie gras, pate or fine seafood, accompanied by wine or champagne.
The lavish "Feerie" cabaret show features a troupe of 100 artists, including 60 legendary Doriss dancers, dressed in exotic costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins. The show's sumptuous sets provide a colorful backdrop for the brilliantly choreographed performances.
The glamorous dancers perform on moving staircases, in a gigantic aquarium, on swings and in garden settings, complete with animals and a vibrant light show.
We had a good time. We did not eat dinner. They had a drink minimum which charged us I believe $100 per person...we ordered a couple bottles of wine...it was several $100's. The show was very good. Highly reccomend if you have time. We had seats in the very very back we tipped a guy $30 he moved us to the middle...well worth it.
The world's famous cabaret, is just a short walk away from Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. The area around it is full of strip clubs, sexshows, sex shops, etc. It could be sort of inconfortable for a single women walking around, but I feel it was safe enough to do it during the day, because you can find many tourist and even some families around. But I will not dare to do the same at night.
Even though the price can be steep, it is worth going there one time to get the feel for what it is all about. A long time ago, I seem to recall somewhere over $100 to see a show; must be more now. The area that the building is located has always felt dirty to me and a bit unsafe, especially at night. There can be some street people that you do not want to talk about tourism with there.
The prices will no be for the timid. For some shows, it is now reaching $250 US, before that cheap denomination gets cheaper. About 10 years ago it still was $120-150 for shows
Visiting Moulin Rouge is a must while traveling in Paris, France. If not for the Hollywood movie recognition (Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor), the history of an 1889 French cabaret and adult musical entertainment center (currently) should entice you to take a stroll by.
I was a tad surprised when I visited Moulin Rouge in 2005 because I expected the red windmill to be bigger and more prominent in the Paris skyline. Much to my surprise, the facade of the 1800's cabaret resembled a Disney land attraction.
Famous as it is, it looks pretty boring in daytime! Still it is the most famous of the Paris cabaret clubs, immortalised on canvas by Toulouse-Lautrec and on the big screen by the blockbuster film. These days its a magnet for package tourists who visit for the expensive "dinner and show" style entertainment with can cans and glitz.
The Moulin Rouge is not only for Cabaret. It is also open for event reservation like Congresses, Seminars, Gala lunches or dinners, Fashion parades, TV Cast, Special Events, & Press Conferences.
But of course the Moulin Rouge is highlighting the current show of shows. A troupe of international artists with spectacular presentation of music and dance with those sparkling rhinestones and sequins. Can you imagine how spectacular their show will be with those uniquely designed and at least a thousand colourful costumes?
For more detailed information regarding reservation on shows and other events, please visit their website I provided below.
You will definitely be looking for gift items to be brought home. Thirty meters from the Moulin Rouge is the Gift Shop which is open during the day from 10:00AM to 7:00PM from Tuesday to Saturday. You can have a selection of a variety of souvenirs from Ashtrays, Bags, Books, Caps, CD, DVD, Jewelry, Key rings, Pens, Playing cards, Postcards, Scarfs, T-Shirts, Umbrellas, and much much more....
The Moulin Rouge is situated in the red light district Montmartre and it is famous for the large red imitation windmill on its roof.
Over the past hundred years or so the Moulin Rouge has been a popular tourist destination because it offers musical dance entertainment for adults.
the moulin rouge (red windmill) night club is the most famous in paris. they offer las vegas style shows ending with offenbach's "orpheus in the underworld" and the famous can-can. the shows are expensive and you will get a better table if you book the dinner show but it is an interesting experience. reservations are required.
I was taking photos through the car window on our way to Sacre Cour and the view of this strange building caught my eye at once. Even if you're not a fan of nightlife or didn't like the movie with the same name - just have a look at "Red Mill".
An easy walk down from Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. The Moulin Rouge club is in one of the seedier parts of Paris. By day it feels fairly innocuous, but at night it definitely feels more sinister. The area around is full of strip clubs, and if the bouncers in these clubs feel you might be pointing your camera a little too close to their club, they will come after you, and they aren't the sort of people to mess with!
The Moulin Rouge has recently been immortalised in a Hollywood film, and it has been made famous for the racey and rather saucy routines that went on inside.
The nearest Metro is Blanche.
One of the more recognisable icons of Paris is the 'Red Windmill', which sounds far more alluring when it is said in French as "The Moulin Rouge".
Indeed, the street it is situated on sounds far better when intoned as "Pee-gale" , rather than the English tendency (especially among older men) to pronounce it "Pig - alley"
The windmill itself is a leftover from the times when there were actually about 30 windmills in this area of Paris, although the one we see today has been altered and re-built several times since the Moulin Rouge began trading in 1889.
It is rather a shame that the other feature it was well known for in the early days disappeared in 1906 - it consisted of a giant artificial elephant left over from the world's fair when the Eiffel tower was bulit.
Gentleman only could ascend one of the legs of the thing internally, and then be treated to the girations of a belly dancer, actually in the belly of the elephant !
I'm not making this stuff up, honest. Wouldn't that be great if they could re-introduce it. It might even be worth going there, instead of just taking a picture and wondering why some people pay so much to go inside the joint.. (see Tourist trap tips)