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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
4.6 / 5
based on 4,725 reviews

Very exciting, I enjoyed the Moulin Rouge show, and despite of the cancellation of the river cruise due to La Seine water level raise, we have been compensated with a bus tour for one hour and 2 cruise vouchers valid for 1 year to be reused.. This means one extra tour added to my purchased package. These guys knows how to treat their customers. By end of night the bus took us back to hotel. I enjoyed this day so much. Just wish to add the arabic language to the list of languages supported in the tour guidance.

The boat tour was so much fun, if not incredibly cheesy. It was a great way to see Paris at night and also feel perfectly safe. I was very excited to see the show, because Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite movies. It was a super entertaining experience and I am very glad I did it. However, Though I'm not sure what I was expecting, I was surprised. Some of the costumes were ridiculous full body suits with just the boobs cut out. But hey, it was a good show.

The show was wonderful, we were lucky as we had a table to ourselves. The champagne is not great (cheap). Staff were great and I would recommend going to the earlier show at 9 as there was no waiting to get in whereas if you come for the 11 pm show you will have to wait for room to be cleared and set up again. Great atmosphere but be aware there is a lot of topless dancers throughout the show.

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A great experience, a definitely would recommend if you are in Paris. Not child appropriate. The queuing system was not great. Also the policy for no photos didn’t really mean much as people were taking photos which was really distracting to others and no enforcement taken.

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Excellent..it was amazing, diverse and multicultural. We couldnt have asked for better seating. Very impressed with service and our seating..one of the best seats and we cheered the performance. Everyone should take this opportunity..a most memorable experience

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