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Top Reasons to add Le Paradis Latin Cabaret Show to your Paris Bucket List

CABARETS IN PARIS

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.

Last month we were invited to spend a night at Le Paradis Latin, one of the most famous cabarets in Paris. We watched their current show “Paradis à la folie” but we also went behind the scenes to capture the soul of this mythical establishment in Paris. And they didn’t disappoint us! Read below why you should add the Paradis Latin show to your Paris bucket list.

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1- Le Paradis Latin is Part of Paris’ History

Le Paradis Latin Entrance

Located in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, in the heart of the Left Bank, Le Paradis Latin is one of the mythical and historic cabarets in Paris. Actually, Cabaret Le Paradis Latin is the oldest big cabaret in the world! It 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 history of Paris found its continuity with the renewed theater.

The new theater re-opened in January 1889 with the name of Paradis Latin and soon it was 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. Cabaret Paradis Latin was forced to close its doors and it 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.

Paradis Latin Collage

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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- A Grand Architecture

The renewed Paradis Latin is a jewel of French architecture. It was designed at the end of 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, which saved the building from destruction in the 1970’s.

Paradis Latin Main Hall

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The hall’s considerable height allows Christopher, the Birdman in this particular Paradise, make wonders with his trapeze and flying over the heads of the amazed spectators: a unique show for a unique place!

Birdman Paradis Latin

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3- Paradis à la Folie is an Entertaining Show 

Get ready for an unforgettable night! Paradis Latin’s cabaret show ‘Paradis à la Folie’ is a lively 1: 30-hour show which people from all over the world come to watch! There are striking ballets, songs, acrobatics and surprising attractions by talented artists. The Master of Ceremonies, like an orchestra director, introduces 13 different scenes with magnificent costumes and cheeky dancers. You can also see the famous can can girls, a crazy waiter serving tea around the tables on his high monocycle and spectators are invited to sing along the most popular French songs.  Finally, it’s time for the Grand Finale, where the cabaret shows all its means and close to half a million flower petals are thrown.

Le Paradis Latin Cabaret

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A sparkling revue in a truly Parisian atmosphere, there is no doubt why Le Paradis Latin is known as the most Parisian of all of the great cabarets! You can book the Paradis Latin show only or combine it with champagne or with one of its dinner options (different menus with different prices).

Le Paradis Latin Cabaret

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4- High-Quality French Food

Le Paradis Latin is both a paradise for entertainment and for gourmets. It is well known that French people like to enjoy the good cuisine and Le Paradis Latin Paris does not disappoint: different menus made with traditional French ingredients are served to those who have chosen Paradis Latin Paris dinner and show.

We had the Paradis Latin menu “Star”, washed down with Bordeaux 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.

Paradis Latin Menu

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 they will adapt the Paradis Latin menu for you.

Photo Courtesy: Paradis Latin Paris ©

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 the owner chatting with some guests, checking by himself that everything was ok and people were having a good time. After the show, the master of ceremonies and his assistant were happy to take some pictures (or make the last joke) with guests. From the moment we entered until we left, everything was great.

Paradis Latin Welcome

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6- This is a Big Family

We were lucky to see Paradis Latin Paris also from the 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.

Exploring Paradis Latin Backstage

Exploring the backstage

CONCLUSION

We had a great night out! We enjoyed good French food & wine followed by an entertaining show and would recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy the Paris nightlife! Everyone was clapping along and cheering all throughout the show and it was fun. I know I am not very original but I especially enjoyed the can can girls, it is so cool what those crazy girls can do with their legs, lol. Paris Cabaret tickets (and also Paradis Latin tickets) are not cheap but we think that Paradis Latin Paris dinner and show are well worth the money. If you want to see proper French Cabaret, this is the place to be.

Le Paradis Latin

Additional Information

Paradis Latin Show Paris à la Folie starts at 21.30 and the final is at 23.00. People who booked Paradis Latin Paris dinner and show arrive from 20.30.

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 in the show.

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  • Renata - www.byemyself.com
    05/09/2018 at 8:48 am

    I think a Cabaret show is one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of Paris – right after the Eiffel tower. Although I’ve been to Paris like a hundred times, I’ve never visited one. It looks very fancy, though, and I’m surprised that there is some acrobatic to it. Always thought it was rather Cancan-ish.

    • WorldInParis
      05/09/2018 at 9:06 pm

      Well, in Paradis Latin you have cabaret and a little bit of Gustave Eiffel 😉 Yes, most of the cabarets in Paris have the can can show and actually it was one of my favorite parts of the show, together with Christopher the birdman

  • Jennifer
    05/07/2018 at 6:37 pm

    We didn’t go to a cabaret show in Paris becuase there seemed to be mixed reviews about the few we knew about. But this one looks like a fantastic night out. I love how they have the tables set up with performances above and around you. Food is also a concern for us, so it’s great to know they will adapt the meal for people with allergies. Sometimes we pass on activities because we are paying a bunch of money for food we can’t eat.

    • WorldInParis
      05/08/2018 at 7:19 pm

      Yes, it was cool to have performances above and around the spectators, it made the show more dynamic. Sorry to hear about the food. This is not the case with Le Paradis Latin because the kitchen is downstairs and they can adapt your menu if they know it in advance.

  • Eva
    05/07/2018 at 1:47 pm

    I cannot even count how many times I visited Paris yet, strangely enough, I never saw a cabaret show. Hmmm…. it will definitely change this summer. Thanks for sharing. Eva

    • WorldInParis
      05/08/2018 at 7:19 pm

      I am sure you will have a great night out!

  • Kirstin | the tinberry travels
    05/07/2018 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve only had one short visit to Paris and we didn’t manage to catch a cabaret show but this makes me see what I missed. It sounds like such a cool night out!

    • WorldInParis
      05/08/2018 at 7:20 pm

      Yes, it is! We totally recommend it 🙂

  • Danik
    05/06/2018 at 2:53 pm

    Now I want to see this show! I can’t believe with the amount of times I been to paris, I have never heard about this show (but then again, I never looked into cabaret shows). I only done Moulin Rouge, but I think on my next visit, a trip to here has to be done.

    • WorldInParis
      05/07/2018 at 7:47 am

      I am sure you will enjoy Paradis Latin!

  • Lara Dunning
    05/06/2018 at 4:28 am

    I haven’t been to Paris and when I do I want to see a cabaret. This sounds like the one to go to! I love all the historic detail you’ve included. Fascinating! I had no idea that Napoleon founded it.

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2018 at 11:22 am

      Yes, this is the oldest cabaret in Paris so apart from the show there is much history and grand architecture behind 🙂

  • Delisa Zak | Destination: Overlooked
    05/06/2018 at 12:34 am

    We’ve been to Paris several times, but have never gone to a cabaret show. This one looks like a great alternative to the super touristy traps like Moulin Rouge. Thanks for the info, it looks fantastic!

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2018 at 11:21 am

      Thanks! Perhaps next time you are in Paris? 😉

  • Lauren
    05/05/2018 at 6:13 pm

    Cabarets look like so much fun! I’ve never actually been to one, and Paris looks like the perfect place to see one. I love their outfits- so fun and glamorous 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2018 at 11:21 am

      Well, sometimes there is a lack of outfits but YES, this is something to try if you are in Paris! 😉