Since 1889 the Moulin Rouge has both entertained and shocked visitors. The world famous can-can was first danced here and the venue and dancers were immortalized Henri Toulouse Lautrec.
Situated close to Montmartre in the red-light district of Pigalle you cannot miss it because of the Moulin Rouge (red windmill) on the roof.
There are two showings of the current revue, Feerie, with four main scenes performed by dancers, acrobats, magicians, and clowns. The 9pm show includes a half bottle of champagne and costs 99 euros, the 11pm show costs 89 euros and also includes champagne. You must get there at least half an hour before the performance, any later and you can expect long queues to get in.
For these prices expectations are high, and in the peak season, when you are crammed onto a table, with oblique views of the show, you can feel disappointed. And if the Champagne has whetted your appetite for more, remember that drinks are very expensive at the Moulin Rouge.
Visitors to the Moulin Rouge complain of being forced to use the cloakroom, at a cost of four euros, not just the money, but also the additional long queue to hand in, and then to collect your coat.
Dining at the tables directly in front of the stage is the ultimate Moulin Rouge experience, but not cheap! There is a choice of three menus, and they read like a gourmet’s dream. Prices start at around 250 euros. Should you book the dining option expect to be treated like royalty.
Also, if nudity shocks you, then the Moulin Rouge is not the venue for you. But if you have the money, and the inclination, then the Moulin Rouge may well be the highlight of your visit to Paris.