Paris, the City of Light, known for its art, gastronomy, and culture… But Paris is not just that: it’s also a city of celebration, glamour, and sensuality.
Indeed, at night, the heart of the French capital beats even stronger. Its cabarets, which appeared in the late 19th century to further enchant the evenings of the time, are known and recognized worldwide, with the French Cancan as their bridal parade.
In this article, come dream with me as we discover the most prestigious and legendary cabarets in Paris.
1. Le Moulin Rouge
82, Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris
Lights, neon lights, curtains and red carpet … let yourself dive into an enchanting world full of music and dance at the Moulin Rouge, one of the best-known institutions in France and around the world!
Located in the sexy Pigalle quarter, this international icon, which doesn’t even need to be introduced anymore, was created in 1889 by Oller and Charles Zidly, owners of the famous Olympia. Life, beauty and party are celebrated in this wonderful place filled with beautifully decorated tables.
Even before the show starts, a band already puts you in the atmosphere of the following show by playing some music. On the agenda of this dream night – water features with light and sound shows, and lively music that will remind you of musicals.
Each scene is made of its own universe, full of colors that honor France. The artists’ outfits are highly sophisticated and handmade.
One part of the show is a circus, which has a friendlier atmosphere, making you laugh for sure. Animals like lions, snakes and horses are brought on stage, turning the spectacle into something even more magical and fabulous.
Provocative, sometimes cheeky, this show remains gracious and entertaining: there is so much more to see at the Moulin Rouge than the French Cancan! Staged by artists known across the whole world – like, for example, in charge of the choreography of the “girls” (as the female dancers are called), the former dancer Miss Doris – the show at the Moulin Rouge will make you spend a magical night in the capital.
I like: the famous French Cancan, a timeless delight performed by true professionals.
- €125 for the show only (includes a half-bottle of champagne)
- €231 for dinner and the show.
2. Le Crazy Horse
12, Avenue Georges V, 75008 Paris
The Crazy Horse distinguishes itself from the other cabarets with its more scandalous and intimate performances, gathering in its show glamour, audacity and impertinence. It’s a true ode to femininity, without ever becoming vulgar.
Women perform in a bath of light made in such a way that we do not know where the body begins and the shadow ends: it’s an intoxicating dance that plays with your senses in a creative way, where the sports prowesses are worthy of those of high-level athletes. The music accompanying them is modern and doesn’t overlap with the rest of the show.
Each girl has a stage name with an idealistic reference, which helps them get into their role as a performer. Make the most of the show at the Crazy Horse with a glass of champagne – you will not be disappointed at all when you leave!
I like: the perfect blend of grace and eroticism in this show.
- €115 for the Crazy Show
- €135 for Crazy Champagne (includes a half-bottle of champagne)
3. Le Paradis Latin
28, Rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, 75005 Paris
In a huge room full of beautifully decorated tables, the Paradis Latin offers shows with sophisticated machinery and wonderful-setting games. All the outfits are handmade, beautiful and neat. As soon as you enter the room, you will dive into a magical universe full of sequins, but yet still modern and original.
On the agenda: the new show choreographed and directed by Kamel Ouali, who revisits the French Cancan in a new way. L’Oiseau Paradis, the new show, features a new vedette: Iris Mittenaere, Miss France and Miss Universe 2016. This show is expected to be original with its creatures, dancers, singers, special effects, new technologies and exceptional costumes. Artists from all over the world form this group of 30 artists who will do their very best to ensure that you have a magnificent evening.
The Paradis Latin is a perfect representation of the glamorous and romantic Paris – an event that is not to be missed when you are in the capital city!
I like: the magical atmosphere created by the hall’s decoration and its red carpet.
- €80 for the show only (€50 for those under 26)
- €90 for the show + a drink (glass of champagne)
- €200 for dinner and the show with a drink
4. Chez Michou
80, Rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris
Located on the side of the Montmartre hill, only a few feet away from the Sacré Coeur, the Chez Michou cabaret has, since the beginning of the 60’s, invited spectators coming from all around the world to come and see a more than an hour and a half show.
This legendary and unmissable place of Parisian life is mostly known for its performances by transformist artists, who imitate a lot of famous international personalities – Patricia Kaas, Vanessa Paradis, Michael Jackson, Mylène Farmer or even Stromae… throughout the years, they’ve all been parodied.
In an intimate setting with a smaller room and a friendly atmosphere, guests enjoy a burlesque, comedic, and glamorous spectacle. It’s a true feast for the eyes, with no vulgarity or provocation! Good humor is guaranteed at Chez Michou.
It would thus be a shame not to enjoy this visual magical extravaganza in the heart of Paris.
I like: the intimate atmosphere of this venue, which, thanks to its small room, allows you to get up close and personal with the artists performing on stage for 1.5 hours of enjoyment.
- €130 for dinner and the show.
5. La Nouvelle Eve
25, Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009 Paris
At the foot of the Montmartre hill stands one of the oldest cabarets in Paris, which will bring you wonder and entertainment: the Nouvelle Eve cabaret. Come and attend a dinner show under a roof full of stars and in a subdued atmosphere. Performed from a fluorescent and colorful scene, you will watch an extraordinary spectacle lead by 23 male and female dancers, all wearing wonderful outfits.
If you sit in the first row, maybe you will even be part of this spectacle with the artists who will make you participate in their performance! This intergenerational show is a typical example of the Parisian revues. What you can find among the different interpretations: juggling and dances, and the famous French Cancan.
The room is small, yet cozy. It’s the perfect deal to spend a colorful night in our capital city!
Moreover, during winter, numerous other shows are played in this room and replace the cabaret: from concerts to one-man shows, everyone can find something they will like!
I like: the diversity of shows offered in this venue, from the famous, typically Parisian cabaret to other concerts and one-man shows during the winter.
- €79 for the show only
- €99 for the show and a half-bottle of Champagne
- €159 for dinner and the show.
If you’re interested in a more comprehensive list of Paris cabarets, check out our article Cabarets in Paris: The Ultimate Guide to Help You Choose Your Show.
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