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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?
  • 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

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.

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Reviewed by Shirley, 08/13/2018

The show was first class and extremely entertaining.

Our first night in Paris and this was spectacular! We loved the show - the costumes were beautiful as were the girls! The acts interspersed with the dancers were excellent! It was an evening we will not soon forget!

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 05/30/2018

Freaking awesome! Dancing, singing, girls, girls girls...and some guys

This was so worth it! Loved the girls, costumes, the dinner and champagne.. just awesome event in Paris!

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Dinner Options Reviewed by Terry, 05/23/2018

Very exciting performance, though the seat arrangement was poor.

The performance was really fantastic. However, for those who came only for the show (or with a drink) at 9:00 but not for the dinner, the seat arrangement was poor. We were just set to seat next to a couple who were there having dinner and taking the best seats of the table. In this way you have to move time by time behind them to find a proper slot to see the stage, very uncomfortable (to be honest).

Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 12/27/2017

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