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Lido or Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse: What is the Best Cabaret in Paris?

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Parisian Cabarets are 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 in Paris to make the most out of Paris at night, our Cabarets in Paris Guide is made for you. Learn about French cabarets and burlesque shows, famous cabarets in Paris, cabaret tickets, and cabaret dress code.

Lido vs Moulin Rouge? Moulin Rouge vs Lido? Crazy Horse vs Moulin Rouge, what is the best cabaret show in Paris?

Warning: this is Paris Nightlife for adults.


Quick Answers: Best Cabarets in Paris

Most Famous Cabarets in Paris: it’s always a matter of Lido Paris vs Moulin Rouge

Most Famous Can Can Girls: Doriss Girls in Moulin Rouge Paris

Most Affordable Cabaret Paris: Au Lapin Agile

Best Cabaret Dinner: Paradis Latin Cabaret

Best Nude Show in Paris: Crazy Horse Cabaret Show

Best Burlesque Show in Paris: can’t decide :- )))


Compare and find the Best Cabaret Show in Paris for you

Le Lido – Paris Merveilles Paris 8 Burlesque Show YES YES Everyday View
Le Crazy Horse -Totally Crazy Paris 8 L’Art du Nude NO NO Everyday View
Paradis Latin – L’Oiseau Paradis Paris 5 Burlesque Show YES YES Wednesday to Monday View
Moulin Rouge – Féerie Paris 18 Burlesque Show YES YES Everyday View
Au Lapin Agile – Songs, Music & Poetry Paris 18 Traditional Cabaret NO NO Tuesday to Sunday View



1- What is a Cabaret? French Cabaret & Parisian Cabaret

Traditional Cabaret in Paris

Traditional Cabaret in Paris

Until the 19th century, a cabaret in France was a place where food and drink were served, in front of which was often hung a sign with an ivy cork.

During the Belle Époque, cabarets in Paris turned into “cafés-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 just have fun. Cabaret shows 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 cabarets in Paris during the Belle Epoque were Le Chat Noir (1881-1897) and Les Folies Bergère (since 1869).


2- What is a Cabaret Show in Paris Today

Parisian Cabaret Vintage

What is a Cabaret Show in Paris?

Today, striptease, burlesque shows, drag shows, nude shows, one-man shows or a solo vocalist with a pianist shows are often advertised as “Cabaret Show” in Paris. 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 Show in Paris is traditionally served with champagne and cabaret dinner with some of the best French wines into an all-evening extravaganza but of course, you can also go only for the show. Parisian 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, Paris at Christmas time or for a special New Year’s Eve in Paris.

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”.


3- Le Lido Cabaret Paris – The Most Spectacular

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

Le Lido Cabaret Paris

photo courtesy: Le Lido Paris ©

Le Lido Paris is the most famous nightclub in the world and one of the most mythical establishments of Champs Elysées. Founded in 1946, Le Lido Cabaret 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.


Le Lido Show “Paris Merveilles” – What to Expect

Le Lido Cabaret Show is usually watched over dinner with friends, or partners, and a glass of champagne. Le Lido Show “Paris Merveilles” is about dancing, singing, can can girls, colorful costumes, and feathers. Le Lido Paris Merveilles is a joyful show full of glamour and bubbles, lots of bubbles.

Lido Club Paris

photo courtesy: Le Lido Paris ©


Lido de Paris Show Options



4- Le Paradis Latin Cabaret – Local’s favorite

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

Le Paradis Latin Paris

photo courtesy: Le Paradis Latin ©

Le 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 very popular meeting place at that time with clients like Dumas or Balzac just to name a few. During the Franco-Prussian War, Cabaret Paradis Latin was destroyed by a big fire and it was later rebuilt by Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of Paris. Indeed, just like the Eiffel Tower, the new Paradis Latin is turning 130 years in 2019!

Cabaret Paradis Latin is locals’ favorite cabaret, probably because of its high-quality cabaret dinner and affordable prices. If you want to enjoy Paris Like a Local, Le Paradis Latin Paris is the best cabaret show in Paris for you.

Le 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.


Le Paradis Latin Show “L’Oiseau Paradis” – What to Expect

Le Paradis Latin Cabaret Show

photo courtesy: Le Paradis Latin ©

READ MORE –  Top Reasons to add Le Paradis Latin to your Paris Bucket List

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 can can 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!), Pegasus 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

PRO 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 a good French dinner!



5- Le Crazy Horse Cabaret Paris – L’Art du Nude

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

Le Crazy Horse Paris

photo courtesy: Le Crazy Horse Paris ©

Le Crazy Horse Cabaret is the sexiest of cabarets in Paris. Their burlesque show Totally Crazy is an ode to feminine beauty, combining eroticism and sophistication.

Indeed, the Crazy Horse Paris 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). 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.


Cabaret 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 usually solds out very soon so we recommend booking your tickets well in advance.

Le Crazy Horse Paris

photo courtesy: Le Crazy Horse Paris ©


Le Crazy Horse Cabaret Show Options

TOP TIP: There is no dining option inside the Crazy Horse, Paris. However, Viator has a very attractive offer combining 2 quintessential things to do in Paris at night: Le Crazy Horse Cabaret Show + a high cuisine dinner in the famous Brasserie Chez Francis, with amazing views over the Eiffel Tower!



6- Moulin Rouge Paris – The Most Famous

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

 Moulin Rouge

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.

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 dances, you will see the famous can can girls.

DID YOU KNOW?Did you know? 250 meters of tissue is necessary to produce the “frou-frou” skirt.  We find the noun “froufrou” 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 Cabaret

photo courtesy: Moulin Rouge Paris ©

Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show is a magic and unforgettable show with a great atmosphere. There are 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! Book your Moulin Rouge dinner and show tickets 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 a successful night in Paris. Other ticket options include show + champagne glass or the possibility of a hotel pickup.



7- Le Lapin Agile Paris – The Traditional Cabaret

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

Le Lapin Agile Paris

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 “Cabaret de Paris” 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 19th century, with guests like Max Jacob or Pablo Picasso and Modigliani just to name a few. 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, 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, with important participation of the public who is invited to sing along.


Le Lapin Agile Cabaret Show Options

Drink and show cost 28€. There is no dinner option but there are plenty of restaurants around, in Montmartre. Space is limited inside the cabaret so bookings are essential. Send your booking request with names and date to


8- Cabaret Dress Code

Moulin Rouge, Paradis Latin, Crazy Horse, and Le Lido dress code could be defined as “elegant casual wear”. Jackets and ties are not mandatory but recommended. At Le Lapin Agile Cabaret, people can dress be more informal. Whatever cabaret you choose, avoid shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear, and trainers.


9 – Best Cabaret 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:

Le Lido or Moulin Rouge (Lido vs Moulin Rouge)?

Lido vs Moulin Rouge is the eternal question in Paris. Both are great cabaret and burlesque shows, two of the best Paris cabaret shows, and whatever you choose you won’t be wrong. If “price” is your main criterion, usually Lido ticket prices are slightly cheaper than Moulin Rouge tickets. Perhaps, you want to choose the cabaret for its location, close to your hotel? Le Lido Cabaret is located in Paris 8 while Moulin Rouge Cabaret is located in Paris 18.

Crazy Horse or Moulin Rouge (Moulin Rouge vs Crazy Horse)?

These are two different kinds of cabaret shows so expect two different experiences. In Moulin Rouge, naked artists are just a few whilst Le Crazy Horse is based on “L’Art du Nude”. Depending on what you want to see (nude show in Paris? can can girls?) you will choose Crazy Horse or Moulin Rouge. Another thing to consider before choosing Crazy Horse vs Moulin Rouge is the dining option: the Crazy Horse Show does not include dining option whilst you can book the Moulin Rouge Show with or without dinner. If you hesitate between Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse, we recommend checking our comparative table at the beginning of the post.

Lido or Crazy Horse (Crazy Horse vs Lido)?

These are two different kinds of cabaret shows and two different experiences. In Lido Paris, nude is very limited while the Crazy Horse is a nude cabaret show. Depending on what you want to see (nude show in Paris? can can girls? beautiful Paris?) you will choose Crazy Horse or Lido Paris. 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. We recommend checking our comparative table at the beginning of the post.

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, 71% of their guests are French (2011 data). Perhaps, you want to consider other things like their location or their cabaret dinner? What do you prefer: Pigalle Neighborhood (Moulin Rouge or the Latin Quarter in Paris (Cabaret Latin)?

Moulin Rouge Naked: is Moulin Rouge a Nude Cabaret Show in Paris?

In Moulin Rouge Show some ladies are naked (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 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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  • Megan Jerrard
    12/20/2017 at 11:57 am

    I love musical theatre and burlesque, so didn’t miss the opportunity when in Paris to visit Moulin Rouge. It was incredible! When I get back though I would love to take in a traditional Paris Cabaret, so have made a note of Au Lapin Agile- your comparison chart is really helpful. I love that it’s the most authentic – though might have to brush up on my French before I go!

    • WorldInParis
      02/18/2018 at 8:18 pm

      Oh, maybe a couple of beers will help with your French!

  • Kate
    12/20/2017 at 4:43 am

    I want to try all of these! Le Crazy Horse and Moulin Rouge sound exceptional! I can’t believe Le Crazy Horse dresses the dancers in only lights. And, I love how many of these shows use bubbles in the performance!

  • Nisha
    12/20/2017 at 3:52 am

    Never been to a cabaret in Paris , although I have been to Paris a couple of times. I have heard they are great shows and produced with aesthetics in mind. I also remember there used to be a New Year Eve show of Crazy Horse or Lido (I forget which) that was televised live when we were living in Switzerland.

  • Indrani
    12/19/2017 at 10:13 am

    So many cabarets in Paris!!! Who knew that? At least the travel guides don’t mention.
    All I could plan of for my tour in Paris was ET, LM and DW and some street walking. This could have been worth experiencing.

  • Shruti
    12/19/2017 at 9:12 am

    This has to be the useful and informative post I have seen about the cabaret in Paris, For a first timer, this post has shown me so many alternatives. Moulin Rouge has been on my mind for a long time. But would surely consider the others as well. Problem of plenty!

  • Jennifer
    12/18/2017 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve never been to a cabaret show in Paris. I think the traditional burlesque show with all the elaborate costumes at Lido sounds like it would be of most interest to me.

    • WorldInParis
      02/19/2018 at 7:46 pm

      Good pick! 🙂

  • Dorene
    12/18/2017 at 3:48 am

    Very in depth, well-informed post. I had no idea cabarets where inclusive of so many different shows and genres. Useful tips for a trip to Paris, and how to chose among shows, clearly there is much more than Moulin Rouge!

  • 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 😉