Moulin Rouge

Paris, France

Moulin Rouge (French for Red Mill) is a cabaret co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof.

Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of the late 1800s France.



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Founded: 1889
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in France


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Maria Papou (14 months ago)
We'd bought tickets before we even arrived in France and we did not know what to expect, but the end result was absolutely chin-dropping. The food was delicious and the entertainment out of this world. Elaborate costumes, plenty of talent and the dancers were spectacular. We were left speechless at the end of the show. If you are thinking about it, don't think any longer.
Brandon Dobson (14 months ago)
Fantastic show and really fun experience. There are acts which are very impressive and others that are funny and good fun. There really isn't much that the show doesn't offer. Dating back to 1889, this show is its own unique experience, don't go expecting it to be like the film or theatre productions as some of the negative reviewers clearly, and foolishly, did!
Todd King (16 months ago)
Dinner show beginning at 1900. Food was good and the wait staff very attentive. The entertainment during the dinner portion was less than entertaining. The band was good, but the singers were not. Very disappointing. And they droned on for 2+ hours! The actual caberet portion made up for the above. Such talent and beauty. The performance was magical.
Oldman70 (16 months ago)
Wheelchair access from the side entrance so make sure you advise when booking. Staff extremely accommodating and friendly. Access to disabled toilets available using lift, so best to go before the show or after. This show is not for kids, but in good taste and amazing. Would definitely go again next time in Paris.
M Slezak (2 years ago)
I visited the Moulin Rouge in 2012 during a Spring break vacation with my daughter and several other high school dancers, parents, and coaches. We had a lovely dinner and then enjoyed a very nice show complete with a water feature and huge reptile. It was an interesting experience. I liked that the public transit is near the club.
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