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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Tom S (6 months ago)
Absolutely fantastic show. We had always wanted to visit and we are so glad we did. Everything about the evening was enjoyable - all the staff were so very friendly, the set design and costumes are breathtaking and the show itself was worth every penny. Yes, it is expensive but it IS worth it. The guest acts were simply breathtaking too. We found the entire evening to be really professionally presented and all the staff made us feel welcome. Well worth it and you simply have to see it once in your life.
Paul Heller (7 months ago)
Famous showroom featuring men and women dancing to different numbers. Went in without much prior knowledge for the show and arrived an hour early for drinks. Can also get dinner if you come earlier, and pay more. The show was amazing, one of the best performances I've ever seen. Unfortunately you cannot take pictures during the show, but you can of the inside before it starts. I highly recommend visiting!
Horace Looi (7 months ago)
Truly a unique experience that can’t be seen elsewhere. The focus of the performance is on the spectacle and it definitely was a spectacle. Although expensive it is a unique experience that does take you to another place! Would definitely recommend this or another cabaret show while in Paris
Angela Wong (7 months ago)
I recently attended the 9pm show at Moulin Rouge, and it was undeniably an evening filled with entertainment and dazzle. The performances, especially the dancing, were nothing short of amazing. The venue exudes an antique charm, immersing you in a bygone era. However, there's a notable drawback that needs mentioning – the seating arrangement. Guests are seated facing each other around small dining tables, and the lack of space between guests is a bit uncomfortable. The real issue arises if you're not lucky enough to be seated at the far right end of the table. In that case, your view of the show is significantly obstructed by the heads of fellow diners. My husband, unfortunately, had to endure this predicament, and he missed a substantial portion of the show due to constant head obstructions. As for myself, I lucked out by having a slightly better view behind one person who didn't move much, but I still had to strain my neck to the right throughout the night, resulting in a sore left side. Despite the seating woes, I must emphasize that the show itself truly justifies the high ticket cost. The entertainment value, performances, and ambiance at Moulin Rouge are top-notch. However, it's crucial to be prepared for potential disappointment if you end up with a suboptimal seat, as the seating arrangement could significantly impact your overall experience. In summary, Moulin Rouge delivers a spectacular show that's worth the investment, but be cautious about the seating arrangement, as it may affect your ability to fully enjoy this dazzling spectacle.
Alex Sintawee (10 months ago)
This was my life time experience. Food and performance were fantastic. Worth of everything. The show was stunning and breathtaking. Every acts were surprised and striking. Love all of them as they were so different and memorable. Don’t fight to were final dress to get into the venue.
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