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Cabarets in Paris
Cabarets in Paris are one of the most iconic things to do in Paris and one of the most popular things to do 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 cabaret shows?
If you are looking for the best cabaret Paris has to offer, our Paris Cabaret Guide will help. Learn about French cabarets, the best cabaret shows in Paris, and cabaret ticket options so that you can find the best cabaret in Paris for you.
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Quick Answers: Cabarets in Paris
Which is the best Cabaret in Paris? They are many good and unique cabarets in Paris; we recommend reading this Paris Cabaret Guide and decide for yourself.
Where to see cancan shows in Paris? The cabarets in Paris offering cancan shows are Moulin Rouge, Lido, Paradis Latin and Folies Bergère. The cancan dance, however, is only a part of the cabaret show.
What are the most famous cancan girls? the Doriss Girls in Moulin Rouge Paris
What is the most affordable cabaret show in Paris? Au Lapin Agile, in Montmartre
What is the best cabaret dinner? the Paradis Latin Cabaret
What is the best nude show in Paris? Crazy Horse Cabaret Show
What is a Cabaret? All About Cabarets in Paris
Until the 19th century, a cabaret in France was a place to eat and drink, and it was easy to recognize thanks to a sign on the facade with an ivy cork.
During the Belle Époque, cabarets in Paris turned into ‘café-concert,‘ with cheap prices affordable for all pockets.
At that time, Parisian cabarets were places where people could forget about social barriers for a while and have fun. Cabaret shows entertained all kinds of public, from rich people to simple workers, with a play or show while eating or drinking. The atmosphere was festive, men could keep their hats on, and they used to drink and smoke all night long.
What are Cabaret Shows in Paris Today?
Today, stripteases, burlesque shows, drag shows, nude shows, one-man shows, or solo vocalists with a pianist show are often advertised as Cabaret Shows in Paris. The truth is that only a few ‘old style’ French cabarets like we described above remain in Paris.
Today, the best 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 is sitting at tables (often dining or drinking) and watching the performance being introduced by a master of ceremonies. It is an evening of entertainment and fun.
In Paris, a Cabaret Show is traditionally served with champagne and dinner paired with good French wines into an all-evening extravaganza. You can also go only to the show.
Parisian cabarets are a great way to enjoy Paris at night in style and a popular option for special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor parties, Paris at Christmas time, or a special New Year’s Eve in Paris.
DID YOU KNOW? A Burlesque Show is a humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes extreme exaggeration. Burlesque comes from the Italian word ‘burla,’ which means ‘joke.’
Without further ado, let’s go through the best cabarets in Paris.
116 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8; M. Georges V, Line 1
Lido de Paris is the world’s most famous nightclub and one of the most mythical establishments of Champs Elysées.
Founded in 1946, Le Lido de 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 songs, choreographies, and acrobatics. Le Lido Show, Paris Merveilles, is a fantastic tribute to Paris, the City of Lights.
Lido de Paris Show ‘Paris Merveilles’ – What to Expect
Le Lido Cabaret Show is usually watched over dinner with friends or your partner and a glass of champagne.
Le Lido Show’ Paris Merveilles‘ is about dancing, singing, cancan girls, colorful costumes, and feathers. It is a joyful show full of glamour and bubbles, lots of bubbles.
Lido de Paris Show Options
28 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris 5; M. Cardinal Lemoine, Line 10
Paradis Latin is the oldest cabaret in Paris, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte back in 1802! Located in the Latin Quarter, in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, it was a trendy meeting place with clients like Dumas or Balzac, to name a few.
During the Franco-Prussian War, the Paradis Latin was destroyed by a big fire, and Gustave Eiffel later rebuilt it for the Universal Exhibition of Paris. Indeed, just like the Eiffel Tower, the new Paradis Latin turned 130 years in 2019!
Cabaret Paradis Latin is the locals’ favorite cabaret, probably because of its high-quality cabaret dinner and affordable prices compared to other cabarets. If you want to enjoy Paris Like a Local, the Paradis Latin Paris is the best show in Paris for you.
Paradis Latin’s new owners have given the historic cabaret an instant makeover with the new show, L’Oiseau Paradis (Paradise Bird), created by Kamel Ouali, famous choreographer, dancer, director, and once-in-a-lifetime talent.
Paradis Latin Show ‘L’Oiseau Paradis’ – What to Expect
Since May 2019, Kamel’s troupe of dancers, lead by ravishing Iris Mittenaere (Miss France and Miss Universe 2016) review the classical cabaret and its famous French cancan with ‘L’Oiseau Paradis‘, an amazing show which combines to perfection sound, music, light, and dreamy costumes.
As spectators arrive through the famous Paradis Latin front doors, the show is everywhere with wild animals and unique live entertainment during the dinner.
Once the bellies are happy, the cabaret show begins, with creative scenes such as the aquarium and the duo dancing on a bath (our two favorites!), the Pegasus horse flying from the sky, or the Grande Finale.
Expect an audacious, joyful and creative cabaret show, which it’s already being talked about as one of the shows of the year in Paris!
Paradis Latin Cabaret Show Options
TIP: It is possible to book tickets for Le Paradis Latin Show only, without any meal. However, it would be a pity to miss the show-before-the-show and their good French dinner!
12, Avenue George V, Paris 8; M. Alma-Marceau, Line 9
Le Crazy Horse is the sexiest cabaret in Paris. Their burlesque show Totally Crazy is an ode to feminine beauty, combining eroticism and sophistication.
Indeed, Crazy Horse Paris is the only cabaret show where you can see naked female dancers that are actually only dressed in lights (and strategic strips of black tape). The Crazy Horse girls have perfect, lookalike bodies (when standing, the girls’ nipples and hips are all the same height) and perform innovative and delicate choreographies.
Crazy Horse Show ‘Totally Crazy’ – What to Expect
Totally Crazy is a sexy and classy cabaret show where the Crazy Horse dancers execute superb choreographies, and there is 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!
This show is one of Paris’s best shows in its genre, so it usually sells out very soon. To ensure you don’t miss this cabaret show while in Paris, we recommend booking your tickets well in advance.
Le Crazy Horse Cabaret Show Options
- Le Crazy Horse ‘Totally Crazy’ Show
- Le Crazy Horse “Totally Crazy” Show + luxury dinner at Chez Francis Viator’s exclusive offer!
- Le Crazy Horse Show + Meet a Dancer before the show Viator’s exclusive offer!
82, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris 18; M. Blanche, Line 2
The Moulin Rouge Paris is the most famous cabaret in Paris, worldwide known. Its funky red building dominating Boulevard de Clichy, in the Pigalle neighborhood, is one of Paris’s icons.
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.
Moulin Rouge Show, Féerie, is an amazing show where the talented Doriss Dancers (we heard that most of them are Australians!) perform crazy choreographies with an incredible synchronization. Costumes are flamboyant (some great designers took part in their creation) with lots of feathers and bling-bling. As part of the show, you will see the famous cancan girls.
DID YOU KNOW? 250 meters of tissue are necessary to produce the ‘frou-frou’ skirt. We find the noun ‘frou-frou’ since the late 19th century: from French, imitative of the sound of a woman walking in a dress.
Moulin Rouge Show ‘Féerie’ – What to Expect
Moulin Rouge’s Féerie is a magic and unforgettable show with a great atmosphere. There are amazing international attractions, cancan girls, and lots of bubbles.
In the past, the place was considered as ‘a little bit cramped’. After the 2019 lockdown, they have reduced the number of spectators, so this should not be an issue anymore. Book your tickets well in advance.
Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show Options
It is possible to book the show only, but in our opinion, the dinner at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret is part of an awesome night in Paris. Other ticket options include show + champagne glass or the possibility of a hotel pickup.
Le Lapin Agile Paris – The Traditional Cabaret
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 traditional cabarets in Paris still working in the city. This French cabaret consists of a village house, easily recognizable from its sign (a rabbit jumping out of a saucepan).
Le Lapin Agile is famous for being the center of the bohemian Montmartre at the beginning of the 19th century, with guests like Max Jacob or Pablo Picasso and Modigliani. This Parisian establishment continues to display new talents, and it is a place where you can have a good time.
Le Lapin Agile is a popular option for those looking for an authentic cabaret experience, and new artists come with pleasure to present their shows. That said, the show is only in French, and there is no translation or explanation for non-French speakers; just follow the music!
Le Lapin Agile Show – What to Expect
French songs, famous songs about Paris, music in general, and poetry. There is no micro, no lasers or feathers… it’s a Parisian traditional cabaret in a small space, where the public is invited to sing along.
Le Lapin Agile Cabaret Show Options
The drink and cabaret show cost 28€. There is no dinner option inside, but there are plenty of good restaurants in Montmartre, not far from the cabaret. Space is limited inside the cabaret, so bookings are essential. Send your booking request with names and dates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cabaret Dress Code
The dress code at Moulin Rouge, Paradis Latin, Crazy Horse, and Le Lido could be defined as ‘elegant casual wear.’ For men, jackets and ties are not mandatory but are recommended.
At Le Lapin Agile Cabaret, people can dress more casually. Whatever cabaret you choose, avoid shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear, and trainers.
Best Cabarets in Paris F.A.Q.
Moulin Rouge or Lido or Crazy Horse? These are our users’ frequent asked questions that we try to answer here below:
Lido or Moulin Rouge (Lido vs Moulin Rouge)?
Lido vs. Moulin Rouge is the eternal question in Paris! Both are great cabaret shows, and whatever you choose, you won’t be wrong.
If ‘price’ is your main criterion, usually Lido tickets are slightly cheaper than Moulin Rouge tickets.
Perhaps, you want to choose the cabaret for its location, close to your hotel? Lido de Paris is located in Paris 8, while Moulin Rouge Cabaret is located in Paris 18.
Crazy Horse vs Moulin Rouge (Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse)?
These are two different kinds of cabaret shows, so expect two different experiences. In the Moulin Rouge, naked artists are just a few while in the Crazy Horse, the show is based on the art of the nude.
Depending on what you want to see (a nude show in Paris? cancan girls?), you will choose Crazy Horse or Moulin Rouge Paris.
Another thing to consider before choosing Moulin Rouge vs. Crazy Horse is the dining option: the Crazy Horse show does not include any dining options whilst you can book the Moulin Rouge show with or without dinner.
Lido or Crazy Horse (Crazy Horse vs Lido)?
These are two different kinds of cabaret shows and two different experiences. In Lido Paris, the nude is very limited, while the Crazy Horse is a nude cabaret show.
Depending on what you want to see (nude show in Paris? cancan girls? beautiful Paris?), you will choose Lido or Crazy Horse.
The dining option is another thing to consider: the Crazy Horse show does not include dining options whilst you can book the Lido show with or without dinner.
Moulin Rouge or Paradis Latin (Paradis Latin vs Moulin Rouge)?
The main difference in our opinion is the ‘price,’ being Paradis Latin much cheaper. Also, Paradis Latin is more appreciated by locals, with 71% of French guests (2011 data).
Perhaps, you want to consider other things like their location or their dinner options? What do you prefer: a night out in Pigalle (Moulin Rouge or in the Latin Quarter in Paris (Cabaret Latin)?
Is Moulin Rouge a Nude Cabaret Show in Paris?
Some ladies are naked in the Moulin Rouge show (topless), but it’s tastefully done. However, we don’t consider Moulin Rouge a nude show in Paris, honestly there are other addresses for those who really want to see Paris nude shows.
Beware that you will find nudity also in Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and other museums in Paris, even male frontal! Aaah, these cheeky Parisians.
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