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Le Paradis Latin has a new cabaret show!
Cabaret shows are one of the most popular things to do in Paris at night: they are fun and entertaining, sometimes cheeky and, most of all, very Parisian. A cabaret show in Paris usually comes with dinner and champagne so it is also a great way to finish a memorable day in Paris.
A couple of weeks ago we were invited to spend a night at Cabaret Le Paradis Latin, one of the most iconic cabarets in Paris, to watch their new cabaret show “L’Oiseau Paradis”. Paradis Latin’s new owners have given the historic cabaret an instant makeover, which is noticed by the regulars since the moment they cross the Cabaret’s doors.
Le Paradis Latin decided to leave its comfort zone and the result is something BIG.
So if you are visiting Paris for the first time, why should you add Cabaret Paradis Latin to your Paris Bucket List? If you visited Le Paradis Latin already, why should you go back to watch their new Cabaret Show, L’Oiseau Paradis?
Because Le Paradis Latin took everything to the next level to make people spend an unforgettable night in Paris.
Go on reading . . .
Paradis Latin Cabaret Show Teaser. Video Courtesy: Paradis Latin Paris ©
1- Le Paradis Latin is Part of the History of Paris
Located in the Latin Quarter in Paris, Le Paradis Latin is one of the historic cabarets in Paris. Actually, Cabaret Le Paradis Latin is the oldest big cabaret in the world! This iconic cabaret was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 with the name of Thêatre Latin and soon the place became one of the highlights of Paris at night, with clients like Dumas or Balzac just to name a few.
During the Franco-Prussian War, Le Thêatre Latin was destroyed by a big fire and it was later rebuilt by Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of Paris. The engineer used the underground remains of Philippe-Auguste walls (XIII century) as a foundation for his metallic columns. The renovated Cabaret re-opened its doors with the name of Paradis Latin in January 1889, two months before the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower, which means that like the Eiffel Tower of Paris Le Paradis Latin celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2019!
New Paradis Latin turned to be a great success, proposing its enthusiastic public different kind of performances («Opérette», «Ballet», «Pantomime», «Excentricités»).
During the XX century, Paris nightlife moved from Seine’s left bank to right bank, to the trendy neighborhood of Montmartre and Cabaret Paradis Latin was forced to close its doors. The building was purchased by a glass and earthenware creator and, years later, by a specialist in the industrial packaging of pharmaceuticals. The latest, due to the big economic crisis linked to the WW2, left the place unoccupied for a long time.
In 1973 the place was bought by Jean Kriegel, a real state developer who wanted to transform the property into apartments. When M. Kriegel’s workers destroyed the factory’s partitions, he found out that his new property was actually a kind of metallic cathedral, with gilts and columns and fragments of posters and scenery here and there! Seduced by the place, the once real state developer became a show’s businessman decided to resurrect Le Paradis Latin Paris according to Eiffel’s original plans. In November 1977 Cabaret Paradis Latin reborn from its ashes to propose Parisians unforgettable evening performances.
2- L’Oiseau Paradis is an Amazing Cabaret Show in Paris
Get ready for an unforgettable night! L’Oiseau Paradis cabaret show created by Kamel Ouali, famous choreographer, dancer, director, and once-in-a-lifetime talent is already being talked about as one of the shows of the year in Paris.
Kamel Ouali was given “carte blanche” to create a new show. This was a big challenge considering that he only had two months for creating the different choreographies, do the castings, the rehearsals and design new costumes.
We’re also thrilled by his choice of ravishing Ms. Mittenaere (Miss France and Miss Universe 2016) as the show’s main vedette and French Star Academy TV show winner Cyril Cinelu as lead singer. Cyril’s voice is just amazing and Irie Mittenaere is a real coup for Paradis Latin.
Kamel Ouali proposed a different concept from what we’re used to seeing in a Parisian cabaret. People can expect to see the can-can reinvented, along with frills, feathers, glitter and much, much more, a show where new technologies also come in line. Kamel Ouali wanted the spectators to live a unique experience, and believe us, he got it.
The Show before the Show
Another novelty of this new adventure at Paradis Latin is the pre-show. As people arrive through the famous Paradis Latin front doors, the show-before-the-show begins as actors in the lobby welcome the spectators and invite them to begin their experience. At Paradis Latin you don’t just dine, the show is everywhere with exotic animals and dreamy creatures walking around the tables. The dinner is accompanied by unique live entertainment, like a trio of cellists playing Michael Jackson on stage.
After the pre-show, there is a brief intermission and the main spectacular begins. Kamel’s troupe of dancers, lead by ravishing Iris Mittenaere review the classical cabaret and its famous French can-can with L’Oiseau Paradis. The show includes about fifteen decors and 500 costumes from the On Aura Tout Vu house for the 30 artists and performances of the show.
For two hours without dead time, L’Oiseau Paradis is a feast for the eyes. The Show has a delightful combination of song, dance, and comedy to make it appealing even to someone who is not that “into” these types of shows.
L’Oiseau Paradis is amazing and dynamic, with creative scenes such as the aquarium, the duo dancing on a bathtub (with water inside!), the hypnotic army, Pegasus flying from the sky, or the traditional white Grande Finale.
Iris Mitenaere, dances, sings, flirts with the public and it is clear that she is having fun. Everyone is extremely talented and full of life, and the choreography and costumes both perfectly walk the line between sex appeal and staying classy.
You can book the Paradis Latin show only or combine it with one of its dinner options (different menus with different prices). Now the Cabaret dinner and show comes with the Show before the Show bonus.
3- A Grand Architecture
The renewed Paradis Latin is a jewel of French architecture. It was designed at the end of the XIX century by Gustave Eiffel at the same time as the Eiffel Tower. This building, listed today as a historical heritage site, is like a metallic cathedral with columns, arches, capitals and with a decoration “Belle Époque” style. Above the metal balcony, there is an impressive painted dome, and it was this dome which saved the building from destruction in the 1970s.
During the last months, Le Paradis Latin has gone through some renovation works, a kind of dusting for the spectators’ pleasure and comfort. We especially liked the new bar in the mezzanine, with a decoration inspired by Klimt.
The hall’s considerable height and the metallic structure allow the artists of this particular Paradise, make wonders in the air and fly over the heads of the amazed spectators: a unique show for a unique place!
4- High-Quality French Food
Le Paradis Latin is a Paradise also for gourmands. It is well known that French people like to enjoy good quality cuisine and the chef in Le Paradis Latin does not disappoint in this sense: different menus made with traditional and fresh produce are served to those who have chosen the Paradis Latin Paris dinner and show.
We had the Paradis Latin menu “Star”, washed down with a good Bordeaux red wine, and Champagne. We both chose the smoked salmon (entry) plus duck breast and Chateaubriand (mains) and we can tell you everything was cooked to perfection and we enjoyed it a lot. Perhaps they could do better with the meals’ presentation (a little bit of decoration on the plates) but we understand that waiters have to serve 700+ guests in a limited time frame before the show starts.
We also missed Paradis Latin’s iconic dessert, the “Gourmandise” (raspberry and vanilla ice cream) created by pastry chef Carl Marletti and available with the Prestige Menu only… next time!
If you are vegetarian or have any kind of food allergy, just mention it when you book your dinner + show and the kitchen will adapt the Paradis Latin menu for you.
5- A Warm and Personalized Welcome
This is not a money factory: guests will find a warm and personalized welcome. Unlike other famous cabarets in Paris, Cabaret Le Paradis Latin proposes one single show per night so there are no long lines outside waiting to enter for the second round and after the show, there is no rush for finishing that last glass of champagne.
We were spoiled with one of the best spots to watch the show and during the dinner, everybody, from the waiters to the master of ceremonies was as attentive as was possible and met our every single need. We even saw Kamel Ouali around or the owner chatting with some guests, checking by himself that everything was ok and people were having a good time. After the show, some of the actors were happy to take some pictures (or make the last joke) with guests. From the moment we entered until we left, everything was great.
6- This is a Big Family
We were lucky to see Paradis Latin Paris also from backstage and we could meet some of the artists before the show started but I think that it is pretty clear that artists, technicians, and waiters are like a big family where everybody has a role in the show and a common goal: make the guest happy.
We had a great night out! We enjoyed good French food & wine followed by an entertaining and energetic show. Le Paradis Latin took their Cabaret to the next level, with a rebellious and innovative show, something between reinvented French Cabaret, Gaga’s music videos, and tv show Pose. Some of the scenes were so good that we can name them the best in the town.
I personally did not like the highly energetic presenter: she was not funny and she barely spoke English so she was difficult to follow by the spectators who don’t speak French. Good that Cyril was compensating in this sense and this is just a small anecdote in a great cabaret show.
In short, we recommend L’Oiseau Paradis to anyone who wants to enjoy the Paris nightlife! This is an amazing show which combines to perfection sound, music, light and dreamy costumes.
Paradis Latin Show L’Oiseau Paradis starts at 21.30 and the final is at 23.00. People who book Paradis Latin Paris dinner and show arrive from 20.30 for the dinner and pre-show.
Paradis Latin dress code: Elegant casual. Forget shorts and flip-flop.
Address: 28, rue du Cardinal Lemoine – 75005 Paris. Telephone: 01 43 25 28 28
More Information: https://www.paradislatin.com
*Please note that photography is not allowed during the main show.
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Disclaimer: we would like to thank Paradis Latin for their warm welcome and for inviting us to Paradis Latin dinner and show + backstage visit. As always, all opinions remain our own. The cover picture is courtesy of Paradis Latin ©
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