Red Light Districts, Paris
Like many travellers before me, after seeing the movie Moulin Rouge, I decided to check out the place when I arrived in Paris.
I suppose due to my own ignorance, I did not know that it is located in the Red Light district, and since I was backpacking alone at that time, I went in search of it one evening.
As I walk along the street, I started noticing all these big "SEX" neon signs and was almost dragged into a sex cinema by two ticket sellers at two different locations on the street.
So, female travellers in particular should not venture there alone. Moulin Rouge is right at the end of the street, so you will practically need to walk the length of the streeet before you can reach it.
It looks peaceful on the pic, probably because you can see the poster of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's brand new movie (after "Amelie"), but it's one end of one of the red districts in Paris...
Ca parait calme, comme ca, probablement parce que vous voyez l'affiche du dernier film de Jeunet, "Un long dimanche de fiancailles", mais on est bien à une extremite du 'quartier rouge' parisien...
If you have to go see the Moulin Rouge go early as for the area it's in Pigalle.....it's a seedy and not very safe area.....tons of people gather around the Moulin Rouge hoping to scam you of your money.....either thru card games or bogus show invitations......The people looking to scam you work in teams of 2 and 3's so be careful......
Montmatre or rather the area to the southeast, including the park around the base of the hill. It is quite a dodgy area really and certainly not somewhere you want to go at night or on your own if a female. We had a problem with some stupid kid (I think he was on crack or skag) in the park who followed us without me realising and then put his arm around Christine who just pushed him away. He was showing off in front of his friends I think so we ignored it. The best thing to do is to leave it, don't get any ideas about giving them a hiding because you never know if they have a weapon or a large gang round the corner.
You will find several shops in the St Denis Street area with aggressive workers who will come out on the street to bring you in. they will have several posters of hot women and tell you for 30 euro you get a lar dance and a massage and sex if you want it. no additonal charges and you pick the girl.
when you pay they take you to another shop and have you wait in a room. the girl who comes in is much older and no where near the perfect girl in the pic. she will tell you a massage is an additonal 200 euro and sex, if you want it, is even more. she will tell you the 30 euro you paid already was just admission and to see her in her panties.
avoid these places at all costs. nothing but a clear rip off of tourists,
Near the Moulin Rouge on Avenue de Clichy there are men who beg, plead and pull on your arm to come inside a “bar” and see a show. They say 10 euros for one beer. When you get inside a girl starts ordering drinks, and when you try to leave you'll be surrounded by 2 or 3 guys who will insist those drinks cost 80 euros each. They will not let you leave, nor call a cop. (this is basically strong-arm robbery.) They'll start yelling, and if you're alone boy are you in trouble. They take your money, then order you to hand over a credit card. I was only in there about 10 minutes, owed them $240 euros by their calculation, they took my money, swiped my card, said it was no good and when I got home I found $530 taken from my account.
If you are planning to walk down the Boulevard de Clichy at night take a clothes-peg with you to put on your nose. When we walked there, after the Moulin Rouge show, there was absolutely no wind and it was a bit cold. You know what we smelled? You don´t want to know this probably... but..... it was sperm.... bleeeehhh
Please be wary where walking around the back streets of 'Opera' at night, my husband and I found this to be a large red light district where some of the girls hassled me because they thought I was taking away their trade, not a pleasent experience, although my Husband found it hilarious.
Don't know if you'd exactly call this a danger, but you may not want to be in the area of rue St. Denis after dark. It's like St. Pauli in Hamburg.
I love the area in the daytime. It reminded me of the East Village in New York.
This is the arch near the metro entrance, at the end of rue St. Denis.
If you find yourself in the red quartal (sex shops and all) don't worry, it's just one street like this! :) In day time rows at the Eiffel are long, so send someone to take it for you a little bit earlier.
Not really a warning but just put it here, Paris Naturism www.franceguide.com/gb/sejour/oudormir/naturisme.cfm