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Engross yourself in the glamor, mystique, history and luxury of the Moulin Rouge. Indulge in a traditional menu of fine French food before the curtain rises and a spectacular display of music and dance begins.
Visit the home of the French cancan dance which features chorus lines of women doing high kicks in bustling skirts. Opened in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, the Moulin Rouge was nicknamed the “palace of women.”
The theater embodied the optimistic Belle Époque movement spreading across Europe and provided a place where people from all walks of life could interact and experience an extravagant, risqué kind of entertainment. In more recent times, Ray Charles, Charles Aznavour and Elton John have performed here for special events. The nightly shows still focus on scantily clad women dancing. Bring children as young as 6 years old to the performances, according to your personal taste.
Enter beneath the famous red windmill, the “moulin rouge,” and proceed to the lavish auditorium. Take your seat beneath the billowing pinstripe ceiling and enjoy a multi-course candle-lit meal. While you eat, admire glamorous billboard covers from shows past adorning the walls.
With dessert finished, turn your attention to the stage. As the crowd slowly gathers, notice the gorgeous red velvet décor and spiraling golden motifs that flank the performance area.
When silence falls and the lights dim, sit back and enjoy the spectacular performance happening just a few feet from your table. Shows change every few weeks; however, they are always a phenomenon of dance and song accompanied by handmade costumes of feathers, glistening sequins and rhinestones.
The Moulin Rouge is in the Montmartre area in the center of Paris. Although this is the city’s red-light district, the bustling crowd of visitors here late into the evening keeps the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. The Moulin Rouge is open nightly with dinner served before two shows take place. Buy tickets in person or book online in advance to avoid disappointment. Dress elegantly; you will not be allowed in wearing shorts or sneakers.
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Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casino de Paris and Place de Clichy. Moulin Rouge and Theatre Mogador are also within 10 minutes. Liege Station and Place de Clichy Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Centre, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Moulin Rouge, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, and Casino de Paris. Place de Clichy and Theatre Mogador are also within 15 minutes. Pigalle Station is only a 2-minute walk and Abbesses Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Moulin Rouge, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, and Grevin Museum. Galeries Lafayette and Grands Boulevards are also within 15 minutes. Pigalle Station is only a 4-minute walk and Saint-Georges Station is 6 minutes.
Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palais des Congres de Paris, Champs-Elysees, and Arc de Triomphe. Luis Vuitton Foundation Museum and Grand Palais are also within 3 mi (5 km). Paris Neuilly-Porte-Maillot Station is only a 4-minute walk and Porte Maillot Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Montmartre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Moulin Rouge and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Opéra Garnier and Louvre Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Blanche Station is only a 5-minute walk and Abbesses Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Saint-Martin and Grands Boulevards. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Grevin Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Paris Magenta Station and Gare de l'Est Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Forum des Halles, Les Halles, and Rue de Rivoli. Centre Pompidou and Museum Georges Pompidou are also within 10 minutes. Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station and Les Halles Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galeries Lafayette, Moulin Rouge, and Louvre Museum. Orsay Museum and Notre-Dame are also within 2 mi (3 km). Le Peletier Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cadet Station is 3 minutes.