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The Moulin Rouge and Its Heyday

Opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge remains one of Paris' most legendary spots. But what is it about this cabaret that has awed so many - even inspiring a hit Hollywood movie? Here are five facts about its sensational beginnings that made history.

The Can-Can

The Can-Can

This cheeky dance is synonymous with the Moulin Rouge, whose dancers elevated it to an art form, attracting visitors from across the world.

La Goulue

La Goulue

Immortalized on the Moulin Rouge’s iconic poster, La Goulue was the star of the cabaret from the very beginning. The venue owes its early runaway success to her outrageous antics.

Royal Visit

Royal Visit

Even the Prince of Wales visited the Moulin Rouge at the height of its popularity. Recognizing him in the crowd, La Goulue famously screamed, "Hey, Wales, the champagne's on you!"

The Garden’s Gigantic Elephant

The Garden’s Gigantic Elephant

The elephant from the movie really existed. It was so big that a staircase ran up its leg and a hidden stage was in its stomach, housing exclusive performances for male audiences.

A Taste for Scandal
Photo: Roderick Eime @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A Taste for Scandal

Scandal was commonplace, but no performance caused as much furore as an Egyptian-themed dance in 1907, resulting in a riot after two female dancers shared an amorous kiss.

Our insider tips

One for the Adults

True to its roots, the Moulin Rouge's performances remain racy – though always tasteful, of course – and thus may not be suitable for children. While children above the age of six are allowed in, some parents may prefer to treat themselves to an adults-only night out and find a babysitter for the evening.

Dress Code

As a high-class venue, the Moulin Rouge expects visitors to come smartly dressed. A jacket and tie for men is appreciated, while shorts, sports clothing, and sneakers are not allowed.

First-come, First-served

Although it is necessary to reserve your tickets for the show and dinner, tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. It's worth arriving early to score a good table near the stage to best admire the spectacular dances, lavish costumes, and elaborate sets.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Moulin Rouge is open all year, except for major holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Opening hours from 7PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary depending on the tickets purchased.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    Moulin Rouge is located at 82 Boulevard Clichy - the nearest metro station, on line 2, is Blanche.
  • Additional information

    • Dress smart - no shorts, sneakers, or sports gear

    • Some shows may be unsuitable for younger viewers

What people are saying about Moulin Rouge

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 3,129 reviews

Insightful experience of Parisian history

This show exceeded our expectations- it was a wonderful experience of enjoying how a historic night club operated in the past, presented today in high refined standard and in good taste

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Reviewed by

The show was awesome & we had great seats!

The show was great! Very fun and campy. We had awesome seats and met some very nice people sitting next to us. We really had a great evening. The process before the doors opened was a bit confusing. We got “in line” in a section of the theatre and was then led to another section before we made it to the doors of the actual theatre. From there we were led to our table. Champagne was brought over immediately. Not sure how we got the seats we did or how we got in as early as we did, but it worked out well and we were very happy.

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Reviewed by

Tracditional cabaret show with a great dinner!

We were pleased to pick from the available menu options, and were able to easily add a cheese plate a la carte during dinner (parfait inbetween your main and desert!). Feathers and legs for days! Our friends all decided to also purchase dinner & tickets after we said we were going :)

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Dinner Options Reviewed by

The river cruise was so beautiful and Moulin Rouge is a MUST SEE!!

Everything was on time. We bypassed all lines. Both events were great!! I would highly recommend this tour!!

excellent show, fabulous value for money

We were warned there would be a queue but it moved quickly and shown to our seats within 10 minutes. Staff friendly. Show lasted 2 hours with no break and variety of acts.

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