Thanks to Aussie director Baz Luhrman and our famous export Nicole Kidman, the Moulin Rouge has become a part of popular culture. Since the film it has reached the status of Paris 'must see' on many more people's list (including mine I have to admit, no use denying it).
If you are on a limited budget like me then you may have to be content to admire the icon from outside and not fork out something like 150 Euro per person for a dinner and a show. Big ouch for me.
I caught the metro there and arrived at 10:30pm and the place was sooooooo busy.... buses, people......a hive of activity. The place looked amazing lit up at night though and staring at the famous windmill the words 'Truth, Freedom, Beauty and Love' really do swim around in your head. I'm a but emotive I'm afraid and although I spent a grand total of maybe 15 minutes there it was definitely worth the trip.
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
I'll admit I was hesitant - 99 Euros (US$133) for dinner and a show is pricey for me. But my friends wanted to go and I thought, what the heck? How often do I get to Paris?
From the time we arrived at the Moulin Rouge, with everyone dressed up - it just FELT festive. We were seated at the world's smallest table, crammed up against other tiny tables, and I remember thinking "I hope this goes by quickly". Then the house lights went down, the stage lights came on, the band started playing, and from that moment on it was sheer magic! There was the initial tee heeing about the girls being topless, but after about 5 minutes you are so caught up in the music, and the dancing, and the costumes that you forget about that aspect.
And this show had it all - lovely showgirls, beautiful costumes and musical numbers, a comedian, a virgin sacrifice into a vat filled with water and snakes (I'm not kidding!), acrobats, and a duo who balanced each other with such grace and strength that they got their own standing ovation!
For all my initial hesitation, I must say that I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this show and thought it was worth every penny. Eat a cheap meal somewhere, and instead spend the money you saved at the Moulin Rouge!
The world's famous cabaret...... stunning & extravagant cancan shows! A must-see....at least once in your life. The setting of Ewan McG & Nicole K.'s blockbuster movie of the same title....though looks more fabulous in the movie, I guess it has sumthin' to do with Satine's (NK) charm... no, I guess it's the spectacular set of the movie.
It has been a venue of some of the world's great artists like Liza M., Frank S., Elton J. among others, and the most gorgeous dancers in fabulous costumes and, of course, the lesser or minimum - to bare costumes... not really.
I've never had the money or the inclination to see the show at the Moulin Rouge, but I do think that it is a must when visiting Paris, to go there at night and see it all lit up so beautifully. Just take the metro to any of the stops along the Blvd de Clichy and walk west till you see it. It really isn't hard to find.
Brilliant Fab Fantastic Doo doo doo doo doo doo doooo la la la la la la laaaa la la la la la la laaaa .... Thats me singing the CanCan, which the Moulin Rouge is famous for. If you are "in to" musical shows, then this is a must see. You can attend for the show only, or for the show with a dinner (incl 1/2 btl champagne). The meal is not massive, but it is a nice atmospher to dine in, plus to get to attend a whole evening of entertainment. Pricing at the time (Nov 2003) was structured roughly as below:
Show with Dinner (with choice of three menu options):
French Cancan 135 euro, Toulouse-Lautrec 150 euro, & Belle Epoque 165 euro.
Half bottle of champagne included in price.
9pm @ 95 euro & 11pm @ 85 euro
...so its expensive if you are not too sure about whether you would like to attend or not. The atmosphere is great though, and the old touch is still there. I enjoyed the Moulin Rouge film (of 2000) even moreso after being there. They kept many of the facts of decoration, layout as fact.
Seeing the building and windmill outside lit up at night time is quite a site also. Appeared smaller that I had imagine it to be, but wow, coooool. The picture to the left was taken at this time.
Thumbs Up from me. Really worth the trip :)
The show is great, and the builiding was a must see for me :)
And while you are there ....while brighter ....hit Sacre Couer on top of Mont Marte Hill nearby, literally around the corner, and up a bit of a ..well ..ok.. a hill, but it is walkable. There are fairly reasonable hotels for accomodation closeby - quite reasonable in fact for Paris. I have been advised, and think its best to avoid the ones on the main Moulin Rouge street (please correct me if I am wrong)...there are nice tourist hotels up towards the hill.
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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.
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....
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)
The Moulin Rouge club is definitely one of the seedier parts of Paris. If it feels a little dodgy by day, at night the plaUsce takes on a much more sordid feeling. The strip clubs all around it come alive, and there are people around you would rather steer clear of. The bouncers in these clubs can try and get a little too touchy feely if they think that you are 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! I had to make a rather rapid exit at one point...
The moulin rouge has recently been immortalised by Nicole Kidman and others in a Hollywood musical. The club is famous around the world for the dancers and their skimpy costumes.
The nearest Metro is Blanche.
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
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
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
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.