In addition to the numerous monuments and museums to visit in Paris, there are also many exciting attractions. The most classic of all is the cancan show to relive the days of Parisian bohemia. So I prepared this post with the foremost cabarets in Paris and everything you need to know, including information on what to wear so as not to be barred at the door, because no one deserves hehe.
Starting with the most famous of all, the Moulin Rouge cabaret. It was built in 1889 and is located in the Montmartre district, a region known for being the bohemian meeting point of that time. The cabaret was immortalized in the works of several famous painters, such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec who liked to paint the dancers and people who frequented the place.
With over 120 years of history, the Moulin Rouge went through fire and was rebuilt, always maintaining its fame, tradition and being a hit with tourists. If you want to see beyond the façade of Paris’s most famous cabaret, I suggest booking early, as the best places always sell out faster.
There are several options to watch the shows, including the option to have dinner and watch the show – my recommended option. If you want something more, PARIS City VISION offers a combo that includes dinner show, champagne, and Paris tour, as well as other packages.
Address: 82 Boulevard de Clichy 75018 Paris
Situated in a more central area on the famous Avenue des Champs Elysées, the Lido is one of the cabarets in Paris that surprises us. Beginning with its sparkling and golden reception, passing through the fine dining and ending with a show that combines the classic cancan with modern choreography and scenery. It even has an ice rink and water fountain in the middle, not to mention the beautiful costumes. There are also some “nudes,” but much less than in other cabarets and without being vulgar.
Lido offers a variety of packages including dinner and show, such as a birthday dinner and VIP treatment, haute cuisine and Ruinart champagne option.
Address: 116 bis Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris
One of the oldest cabarets in Paris had the honor of being rebuilt by Gustave Eiffel – yes, the one who built our dear Iron Lady.
Although not as famous as the Moulin Rouge, Paradis Latin also has beautiful shows and cancan, of course. One advantage over others is that it is one of the cheapest. The dinner + show option is around 130 euros.
Another difference is the cancan classes where you learn the main of cancan – the basic “swing” in the skirt and that classic leg play. To finish the course, some good drinks, and a certificate to prove this new skill.
Address: 28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine 75005 Paris
It has a more modern and sexier feel – and I’d say with a bit more “nudes” – compared to other cabarets. Founded in 1951, Crazy Horse offers different packages to attend shows, including birthday options and dinner boat ride and cabaret show.
Address: 12 avenue George V 75008 Paris
What to wear to go to one of the cabarets in Paris
Think it’s a show so you can’t go dressed anyway, right ?! On the cabaret website, they recommend social attire (it doesn’t have to be gala), but a sports jacket also rolls. Lido Paris says that a suit and tie is not required, but it is “appreciated” for men. The most important thing is NOT to get there in shorts, tank top, flip flops or sportswear, and sports shoes.