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The Best Paris Cabarets

Their mythic names evoke the refinement, extravagance, and titillating poise of the legendary French Cancan: this summer, welcome to the flamboyant world of the Parisian cabaret!

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In the late 19th century, as Baron Haussmann dramatically reshaped the face of Paris, a new type of cabaret began appearing. A hybrid of café-concert, dance hall and theatre shows, this novel nightlife was centred in the Montmartre neighbourhood, and soon all of Paris was flocking there to enjoy the hedonistic fun. These cabarets drew many of the major artists of the era, from Aristide Bruand to Van Gogh, Verlaine, and Toulouse-Lautrec. The pioneer was the Moulin Rouge in Pigalle, which, from 1889, revolutionised the Paris scene with its fantastical dance reviews and famous French Cancan. It was soon followed by legendary names like the Lido, the Crazy Horse and the Paradis Latin. Today, the doyennes of the scene, these spaces are still renowned for their cabaret shows, which combine exceptional French cuisine and world-class performers. Here’s a round-up of the top Paris cabarets, for an evening of unequivocally French entertainment!

The Paris of yesteryear

The Moulin Rouge, created by Joseph Oller in Pigalle in 1889, is still a star of the Paris cabaret circuit. It was here that Parisians gathered to wildly applaud La Goulue, the establishment's most celebrated cancan dancer. Today, over one hundred years later, the ritual each evening is the same: as soon as the opening of Offenbach's famous music sounds out, dancers in tricolour skirts burst onto the stage and throw themselves into the frenetic French cancan that brought the cabaret its fame.

Pirates - Les Masques

Immortalised by Baz Luhrmann in his 2001 film " Moulin Rouge," the cabaret and its current review "Fairy," remain an emblem of Montmartre. And its devilish rhythms and sumptuous dinners still have the power to plunge you back to the era of Belle Époque Paris.

Make your reservation at the Moulin Rouge

Pirates Les Bijoux
Pirates

Cabaret of marvels

Created in 1946 by Joseph and Louis Clerico on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Lido has been enchanting audiences from around the world for more than 70 years. Its sublime BlueBell Girls, and their magical shows, are still the stars of this shimmering, golden setting.

Lido

Created by Franco Dragone, director of the Cirque du Soleil, the current "Paris Marvels" review celebrates the City of Light in a show that mixes acrobatics, dance, singing and ice-skating! The spectacle can be enjoyed on its own, or accompanied by a delicious dinner.

Le Lido%252C spectacle Paris Merveilles
Le Lido%252C spectacle Paris Merveilles

Red with pleasure

At the Crazy Horse, opened in 1951 off the Champs-Élysées by Alain Bernardin, red is the defining motif: colouring the velvet-lined walls, the soles of the Crazy Girls' iconic Christian Louboutin stilettos, and evoking the erotic elegance of its reviews.

Crazy Horse

The distinctive Crazy Horse "touch," is the incredible play of light on the dancers' bodies. The cabaret's most recent review, "Totally Crazy", created by Philippe Decouflé, cheekily revisits some of the house's legendary numbers. A mischievous show, to be enjoyed with a glass of Champagne in hand, before or after dinner, beside the most beautiful avenue in the world.

Make your reservation at the Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse

Infernal paradise

The stunning décor of the Paradis Latin, located a stone's throw from Notre-Dame Cathedral, is almost as dazzling as what's on stage. Today, this magnificent theatre, designed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, stages a flamboyant, exciting show that combines breathtaking circus acts, modern ballet and the French Cancan.

Paradis Latin%252C Paris 2015

The Paradis Latin’s new show “L’Oiseau Paris” (Bird of Paradise) directed by Kamel Ouali, a creative and passionate choreographer, with Iris Mittenaere, Miss France and Miss Universe 2016 as leadind showgirl, takes you into a world of sensuality, poetry, emotion and humour.

Paradis Latin%252C Paris 2015
Paradis Latin%252C Paris 2015

If you want to see the mythic La Goulue in action, head to the Musée d'Orsay to admire the canvases of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, an original Moulin Rouge regular, who managed, like no other, to capture the electric atmosphere of the cabarets of Belle Époque Paris.

Our suggestions for outings in Paris Region.

Coucher de soleil sur la Seine%252C avec vue sur le musée d'Orsay et la Tour Eiffel%252C Paris.
Baraque de la Goulue à la Foire du Trône: La danse mauresque ou: Les Almées)

Our selection

Le Lido, spectacle "Paris Merveilles", Bluebell, Paris 2017.
Lido de Paris
Set on the most famous avenue in the world, the mythic cabaret’s reputation stretches far beyond Paris. Its Paris Merveilles revue gracefully combines glamour and technical brio.
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Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge
At the foot of the Montmartre hill, this legendary windmill is home to the most famous French Cancan act in the world. Treat yourself to two hours of pure magic with a glass of champagne in hand!
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Crazy horse
Crazy Horse
A hallmark of Parisian nightlife at its luxurious best, located a few steps away from the Champs-Élysées, this world-famous cabaret puts on sublime strip-tease performances that exalt the female form.
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Paradis Latin
Paradis Latin
This legendary Left Bank cabaret has been celebrating Paris after dark since last century. The eccentric and festive venue has become world-renowned for its flamboyant shows.
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