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Moulin Rouge

Whether you fell in love with the film or are a fan of the iconic architecture, don’t miss one of the greatest stage shows and most well-known landmarks in Paris.

Engross yourself in the glamor, mystique, history and luxury of the Moulin Rouge. Indulge in a traditional menu of fine French food before the curtain rises and a spectacular display of music and dance begins.

Visit the home of the French cancan dance which features chorus lines of women doing high kicks in bustling skirts. Opened in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, the Moulin Rouge was nicknamed the “palace of women.”

The theater embodied the optimistic Belle Époque movement spreading across Europe and provided a place where people from all walks of life could interact and experience an extravagant, risqué kind of entertainment. In more recent times, Ray Charles, Charles Aznavour and Elton John have performed here for special events. The nightly shows still focus on scantily clad women dancing. Bring children as young as 6 years old to the performances, according to your personal taste.

Enter beneath the famous red windmill, the “moulin rouge,” and proceed to the lavish auditorium. Take your seat beneath the billowing pinstripe ceiling and enjoy a multi-course candle-lit meal. While you eat, admire glamorous billboard covers from shows past adorning the walls.

With dessert finished, turn your attention to the stage. As the crowd slowly gathers, notice the gorgeous red velvet décor and spiraling golden motifs that flank the performance area.

When silence falls and the lights dim, sit back and enjoy the spectacular performance happening just a few feet from your table. Shows change every few weeks; however, they are always a phenomenon of dance and song accompanied by handmade costumes of feathers, glistening sequins and rhinestones.

The Moulin Rouge is in the Montmartre area in the center of Paris. Although this is the city’s red-light district, the bustling crowd of visitors here late into the evening keeps the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. The Moulin Rouge is open nightly with dinner served before two shows take place. Buy tickets in person or book online in advance to avoid disappointment. Dress elegantly; you will not be allowed in wearing shorts or sneakers.


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Lodging Near Moulin Rouge

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Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre $98
Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre

Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre

5 Rue Tholoze, Paris
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 2,001 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the Montmartre district of Paris between Place du Tertre and Place Blanche, this boutique hotel is steps from the Moulin Rouge cabaret, Basilique du Sacre Coeur, and 2 metro stations.

    Terrass'' Hotel Montmartre by MH $187
    Terrass'' Hotel Montmartre by MH

    Terrass'' Hotel Montmartre by MH

    12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, Paris
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 635 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This eight-storey Art Deco style Paris hotel features a stone façade and is set in the hilltop village of Montmartre, 800 metres from Sacré Coeur, and near the department stores.

      Hôtel Villa Lafayette Paris IX $118
      Hôtel Villa Lafayette Paris IX

      Hôtel Villa Lafayette Paris IX

      46 rue de Trévise, Paris
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 218 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in 9th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Folies Bergere and Galeries Lafayette. Moulin Rouge and Paris Opera are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Hotel R de Paris $118
        Hotel R de Paris

        Hotel R de Paris

        41 Rue De Clichy, Paris
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 577 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in 9th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Moulin Rouge, Galeries Lafayette, and Paris Opera. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Parc Monceau are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hotel Le Trente $90
          Hotel Le Trente

          Hotel Le Trente

          30 rue Clairaut, Paris
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 491 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triomphe, and Parc Monceau. Galeries Lafayette and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Timhotel Montmartre $88
            Timhotel Montmartre

            Timhotel Montmartre

            11 Rue Ravignan, Paris
               
              3.8
              of 5, from 647 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in 18th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Moulin Rouge. Galeries Lafayette and Paris Opera are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Timhotel Opera Blanche Fontaine $100
              Timhotel Opera Blanche Fontaine

              Timhotel Opera Blanche Fontaine

              34 Rue Pierre Fontaine, Paris
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 712 reviews
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                This Paris hotel is steps away from the Moulin Rouge. Basilique du Sacre Coeur, the Theatre Mogador, and the Louvre are nearby.

                Le Relais Montmartre $109
                Le Relais Montmartre

                Le Relais Montmartre

                6, rue Constance, Paris
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 435 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in 18th Arrondissement, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Moulin Rouge and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Galeries Lafayette and Paris Opera are also within 1 mi (2 km).