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Cabaret Shows are a popular tourist attraction in Paris at night. Because, YES! bars and nightclubs exist everywhere in the world but where else than in Paris can you find such a choice of quality cabarets?

If you are looking for the best cabaret in Paris to make the most out of Paris at night, our Paris Cabarets Guide is made for you. Learn about French Cabarets, burlesque Paris and famous shows in Paris. Compare Paris Cabaret tickets and find your best cabaret in Paris to get the most out of the City of Light. Are you ready?

 

FRENCH CABARET

Until the XIXth century, a cabaret in France was a place where they gave food and drink, in front of which was often hung a sign with an ivy cork.

During the Belle Époque, French cabarets turned into “cafés-concert”, with cheap prices affordable for all pockets. At that time, cabarets were places where people could forget about social barriers for a while and just have fun. Cabarets entertained all kind of public, from rich people to simple workers, with a play or show while they were eating or drinking. The atmosphere was festive, men could keep their hats on, and they used to drink and smoke all night long.

Famous cabaret in Paris during the Belle Epoque were Le Chat Noir (1881-1897) and Les Folies Bergère (since 1869).

 

WHAT IS A CABARET SHOW IN PARIS TODAY

Today, striptease, burlesque shows, drag shows, one man shows or a solo vocalist with a pianist are often advertised as cabarets. The truth is that only a few “old style” French cabarets like we described above remain in Paris. Today the most famous shows in Paris correspond to “music halls” or burlesque shows offering lavish musical and theatrical productions, with elaborate costumes, singing, and dancing. There is a stage for the show and the audience sitting at tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance being introduced by a master of ceremonies. It is an evening of entertainment and fun.  A Cabaret in Paris is traditionally served with champagne and cabaret dinner into an all-evening extravaganza but of course, you can also go only for the show. French cabarets are a great way to enjoy Paris at night in style and a very popular option for special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor parties, Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

 

DID YOU KNOW?What is a Burlesque Show? A Burlesque Show is a humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes extreme exaggeration. Burlesque comes from the Italian word “burla”, which means “joke”.

 

COMPARE AND FIND THE BEST CABARET SHOW IN PARIS FOR YOU

FAMOUS CABARET IN PARIS
LOCATION
TYPE  OF SHOW
FRENCH CAN CAN
DAYS
PRICE 
Le Lido Paris
Paris 8
Burlesque Show
YES
Everyday
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Le Crazy Horse Paris
Paris 8
Art of the nude
NO
Everyday
View
Cabaret Paradis Latin Paris
Paris 5
Burlesque Show
YES
Wednesday to Monday
View
Le Moulin Rouge Paris
Paris 18
Burlesque Show
YES
Everyday
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Au Lapin Agile
Paris 18
Traditional Cabaret
NO
Tuesday to Sunday
View

 

 

LE LIDO PARIS – THE MOST SPECTACULAR

116 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8; M. Georges V, Line 1

 

Le Lido Cabaret is the most famous nightclub in the world and one of the most mythical establishments of Champs Elysées. Founded in 1946, le Lido Paris offers a traditional burlesque show composed of beautiful dancers dressed up in fantastic costumes. On stage, the legendary Bluebell Girls and the Lido Boys will entertain you with their happy “Paris Merveilles” show, a tribute to Paris. Le Lido Paris cabaret show is usually watched over dinner with friends and a glass of champagne.

 

Le Lido Paris – What to Expect

Le Lido Show Paris is about dancing, singing, can can girls, colorful costumes, and leathers. Le Lido is a joyful show full of glamour and bubbles, lots of bubbles.

 

Cabaret Show Options

Click here to Book le Lido Show Paris tickets, with glass of champagne and transfer
Click here to Book le Lido Show Paris tickets, with dinner
Click here to Book le Lido Show Paris tickets and champagne 

 

LE CRAZY HORSE PARIS – L’ART DU NUDE

12, Avenue George V, Paris 8; M. Alma-Marceau, Line 9

Le Crazy Horse Paris is the sexiest of cabarets, proposing a burlesque show which combines eroticism and sophistication. Indeed, this is the only cabaret show in which you can see naked female dancers that are actually only dressed in lights (and strategic strips of black tape). Le Crazy Horse Show will make you discover “the art of the nude”. The show is not vulgar at all, it is an ode to feminine beauty where ballet dancers with perfect, lookalike bodies (when standing, the girls’ nipples and hips are all the same height) perform innovative and delicate choreographies.

 

Le Crazy Horse Paris – What to Expect

A sexy and classy show with superb choreographies and an amazing use of the song, dance, and special effects. What is clear is that you don’t come to le Crazy Horse Paris to see spectacular costumes and leathers 😉

 

Cabaret Show Options

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Click here to Book the Crazy Horse Show tickets and dinner

 

CABARET PARADIS LATIN PARIS – LOCALS’ FAVORITE

28 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris 5; M. Cardinal Lemoine, Line 10

Le Cabaret Paradis Latin Paris was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Located in the Latin Quarter, it was a very popular meeting place at that time, with clients like Dumas or Balzac just to name a few. During the Franco-Prussian War le Cabaret Paradis Latin was destroyed by a big fire and it was later rebuilt by Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of Paris.

Le Paradis Latin Show combines dance, circus, and magic, where everything reminds of the City of Light. This is the most authentic cabaret show in Paris and the French people’s favorite, probably because of its high-quality cabaret dinner and (lower) prices. If you want to enjoy Paris Like a Local, le Paradis Latin Show is the best cabaret show in Paris for you. We love its fabulous Belle Epoque room.

 

Cabaret Paradis Latin Paris – What to Expect

Nice setting, atmosphere, and great dinner with lots of champagne. Striking ballets and surprising attractions by talented artists. There is also the famous can can girls.

 

Cabaret Show Options

Click here to Book the Paradis Latin Show and champagne
Click here to Book the Paradis Latin Show and dinner

 

LE MOULIN ROUGE PARIS – THE MOST FAMOUS

82, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris 18; M. Blanche, Line 2

Le Moulin Rouge Paris is the most famous cabaret in Paris and worldwide known. Its funky red building dominating Boulevard de Clichy, in Pigalle neighborhood, is one of the icons of Paris. Active since 1889, this Pigalle institution has developed a cabaret show impossible to replicate outside its doors. There is only one Moulin Rouge Cabaret and it’s in Paris. On stage, the talented Doriss Dancers (I heard that most of the can can girls are Australians) perform crazy choreographies with an incredible synchronization.  Costumes are flamboyant (some great designers took part in their creation) with lots of leathers and bling-bling. As part of the dances, you will see the famous French can can.

 

Le Moulin Rouge Paris – What to Expect

Le Moulin Rouge Show is a magic and unforgettable show and a great atmosphere. Amazing international attractions, can can girls and lots of bubbles. The place is a little bit cramped (some people may find it uncomfortable) but cramped spaces are also very Parisian! Get your Moulin Rouge tickets in advance.

 

Cabaret Show Options

Click here to Book le Moulin Rouge Show with champagne 
Click here to Book the Moulin Rouge dinner and show 
Click here to Book the Moulin Rouge Show VIP ticket with champagne
Click here to Book the Moulin Rouge dinner and show VIP ticket

 

LE LAPIN AGILE PARIS – THE MOST AUTHENTIC

22 Rue des Saules, Paris 18. M. Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Line 12

Located in the quintessential neighborhood of Montmartre, Le Lapin Agile is one of the few “old style” French cabarets still working in Paris. It consists of a little village house, easily recognizable from its sign (a rabbit jumping out of a saucepan). Le Lapin Agile is famous for being the center of bohemian Montmartre at the beginning of the XIXth century, with guests like Max Jacob or Pablo Picasso and Modigliani just to name a few. This Parisian establishment continues to display new talent and it is somewhere you can have a good time. Le Lapin Agile is a popular option for those looking for an authentic cabaret experience and new talents come with pleasure to present their works. That said, there is no translation or explanation for non-French speakers.

 

Le Lapin Agile Paris – What to Expect

French songs, music, and poetry. There is no micro, no lasers or feathers… it’s a Parisian traditional cabaret in a small space, with an important participation of the public who is invited to sing along.

 

Cabaret Show Options

Drink and show cost 28€. There is no dinner option but there are plenty of restaurants around, in Montmartre. Send your booking request to infos@au-lapin-agile.com

 

 

CABARET DE PARIS: DRESS CODE

Elegant casual wear is required in most of these establishments. Jackets and ties are not mandatory but recommended. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear, and trainers are best to be avoided and, in some places, forbidden.

 

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The author of the cabaret posters (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec) died in 1901, so the pictures showing his artwork are in the public domain in their country of origin (France) and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 80 years or less.

 

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  • vanessa workman
    12/17/2017 at 2:20 pm

    I had no idea there were so many cabarets in Paris, or that they were so popular. Odd that I’ve not previously heard about or seen any write ups about this wonderful Paris option, I would definitely want to see one when I ‘one day’ scratch Visit Paris off my bucket list.

    • WorldInParis
      12/17/2017 at 4:44 pm

      Oh, this is just a small selection of what Paris can offer in terms of cabarets! I would recommend to see at least one 😉

  • Fiona Maclean
    12/16/2017 at 9:29 pm

    I had no idea that, so long after La Belle Epoque, there were so many options still around. Given half a chance, I’d love to see the classic Doriss Dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Very informative post.

    • WorldInParis
      12/17/2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks Fiona for your kind comment. Yeah, probably I would also choose the Moulin Rouge during a short trip to Paris. After all, this is a unique place

  • Nathalie Caty
    12/16/2017 at 4:01 pm

    I’ve been to Paris about 4 times and I have yet to see a cabaret show. There has to be something wrong with me. I definitely want to check out Moulin Rouge. It looks like to to be a be great show.

    • WorldInParis
      12/17/2017 at 4:46 pm

      Nothing wrong with you, Nathalie. Not all the people enjoy this kind of shows 😉