The Moulin Rouge is a historic entertainment venue in Pigalle, Paris, which gave birth to the famous can-can and was the hub of nightlife during the city’s Belle Epoque. Located at the foot of Montmartre and built in 1889, the same year as the Eiffel Tower, the club was designed as a place where the rich could mingle with the lower classes and together enjoy the daily cabaret performances. Artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec regularly attended and with its risqué shows, it became a hotbed of scandal and controversy. The Moulin Rouge, which translates as Red Mill, has hosted greats such as Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra and Charles Aznavour and these days runs daily productions showcasing the venue’s extravagant history.
There are three daily time slots if you’d like to catch a show - one with dinner at 7pm and two shows at 9pm and 11pm. Tickets start at around €100 and can be purchased online at the official Moulin Rouge website. The nearest airports are Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly. From there, you can travel into central Paris by Regional RER train and then change to the underground system. The closest metro station is Blanche on Metro line 2.
The home of the can-can is located in the red light area of Paris so be prepared to experience some lively sights and sounds! However, children from the age of 6 are welcome to the shows.
If you are planning to visit Paris, choose from rental apartments, houses, flats, studios, boats and B&B’s close to the venue. Whether you are looking to rent an apartment in Paris City Centre, a studio in Montmartre or a house in Pigalle, you will be able to travel easily to the Moulin Rouge by metro or on foot. Check out our accommodation in Paris.
There are plenty of things to do and see during your visit to Paris. While you’re there, why not check out the following: the extraordinary history of Notre Dame Cathedral, the extensive art collection at the Louvre Museum or savour the sights of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Why not climb to the top of nearby Montmartre to experience the serene atmosphere of Sacre Coeur?
To find out more information about this top Paris institution, please contact the entertainment venue directly, where you’ll be able to find out more about the entrance fee, history, show times and how to get tickets. You’ll also be able to find out more about the dress code at the Moulin Rouge.
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