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What is Cabaret?
Cabaret is a show varieties that combine scants such as dancing, magic, singing, has a high erotic content and usually develops in a small place, to that the audience has direct contact with the artist.
A little bit of History
The Moulin Rouge was inaugurated during the “Belle Epoque”. This is the period that spans from the last decades of the 19th century until the first world war. The inauguration of the Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) coincides with an era of major changes in Europe. It was beginning to build the Eiffel Tower, it was the the beginning of Impressionism and many artists frequented this type of venue.
An exponent of the French art and which was immortalized with the creation of the French inauguration of the Moulin Rouge is Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
They were also regulars of this cabaret Oscar Wilde and the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh Lautrec’s friends.
Watch a show at the Moulin Rouge
Today when you travel to Paris you can visit the Molin Rouge. Many just on the outside and they take pictures on the facade with their famous mill. And others seek to enjoy the Parisian night with a show at the Moulin Rouge.
In order to enjoy a cabaret show you have to buy tickets to the Moulin Rouge in advance. In our experience, if you go in high season, you have to make the reservation with months, especially if you want dinner more show.
Depending on the where you buy the ticket you’re going to see that you have different packages, with different prices. For example:
- Dinner at the Eiffel Tower + Seine cruise + visit to the Moulin Rouge
- Dinner show at moulin Rouge + tour of Paris
- Show only
- Show more transfer to and from the hotel, etc.
How much it costs Ticket
The price of ticket changes depending on what you choose. For example, watching the show with a bottle of champagne at 23 hours is 107€
Dinner and show at the most famous cabaret in Paris: from 180 euros
As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy a show here. The price of the ticket, start in 87€ euros and from there add the extras.
How to do the Reservation
Bookings are you can do it online, and besides, it’s my recommendation. Because as I told you above, tickets sell out especially in high season.
When you know about your travel dates, buy tickets online. If your trip is unexpected, you can try going to the ticket office for at least half an hour before the show starts. That’s improvising!
How to wear dress to the Moulin Rouge
A question with us comes up to everyone when you plan to go see a show at Moulin Rouge is How I dress!?
Do not worry too much, because the dress is formal, but you don’t have to go jacket and Tie.
That said, keep in mind you can’t get into shorts, sneakers, nor sportswear.
Once inside of the place, an usher will accompany you to your site. Keep in mind that you are forbidden to take photos and videos inside. If you want you can try it, but the staff are usually watching and can get your attention.
If you want a photo, there is an official photographer who walks through the tables and offers their services, the photo costs around 20 euros.
The Pigalle area, the red light district of Paris
Pigalle area , the red light district of Paris, has as its main street the Boulevard de Clichy which then continues on Rochechuart Boulevard, and its center is Pigalle Square. The nightlife in this neighborhood is super lively and you’re going to to be able to find clubs, nightclubs, restaurants, theatres… .
Is between sectors 9 and 18 and that means that in this neighborhood is also the Montmartre hill, the Sacre Coeur and a whole world to meet artists, hidden corners and places.
The “So-Pi” that comes from saying “South Pigalle” is the southern part of this neighborhood where it is find nightclubs, sex shops, mythical nightclubs and new bars fashionable. But you can’t just enjoy of this neighborhood at night, you also have a lot of things to do during the day if you want.
Museum of Romantic Life
We recommend you to visit the museum of romantic life that is located in the house of the painter Ary Scheffer and which is from 1830 from the romantic era. Painter very well-related that used to receive famous musicians and writers of the time. The access is free.
We would also recommend you visit the museum of eroticism. What better than the neighborhood in which it was find the Moulin Rouge for such a museum! But for misfortune has definitely closed.
If what you want it’s nightlife, then you have a huge offer besides the visit to Moulin Rouge, then you can go for a drink at Le Carmen, with classic architecture and high ceilings. Or you can go to mythical halls such as the concert hall and la Cigale shows Pigalle folies nightclub which is in Pigalle square itself.
If what you want is to know the neighborhood of artists, then you’ll have to climb the slopes of Montmartre Hill, to get to know the neighborhood where artists lived such as Van Gogh or Toulouse Lautrec. You can visit the Place du Tertre, with its famous stairs down to Rue Gabrielle, riddled with painters and artists who sell their works and terraces where you can have a drink or dinner, or the Sacre Coeur from the one you can admire Paris while listening to the music played by street artists or improvised.
It is an incredible neighborhood, full of history, life and that Parisian atmosphere that makes it so special. We really hope you enjoy it as we did.
Prepare your trip to Paris
- Guide to visit Paris in 5 days
- What to see in Paris when it rains (not only museums)
- Itinerary from Madrid to the Alsace (Bordeaux, Paris and the Alsace by car)
- Where to park your car in Paris
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