The Moulin Rouge – an evening of fun

Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge and an evening of fun. How could I say no? My husband surprised me with a trip to Paris for my 50th Birthday. We decided to go in July which in hindsight perhaps wasn’t the best time, because it was incredibly hot. However, it didn’t stop us having a fabulous time.

The Moulin Rouge show doesn’t disappoint

We spent the evening of my birthday at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret show on the Boulevard de Clichy, close to Montmartre in the district of Pigalle. The first thing I noticed was the well known red windmill on the roof and a very long queue. Don’t let this put you off because the entry process was very quick. As a result, we were inside within ten minutes.

One of the most famous caberet acts

The Moulin Rouge is one of the most famous and well-known cabaret acts in the world. The doors to this well-known venue first opened in 1899. In addition, famous people such as Elton John, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra and many more have all passed through doors of the Moulin Rouge.

Our tickets were booked through the Moulin Rouge’s website. Most importantly, book plenty of time in advance as the show is busy and popular. There are two shows, one at 9 pm and one at 11 pm. We booked the later show. Being a great fan of the Moulin Rouge movie, I was sincerely hoping that the show wouldn’t disappoint, and it didn’t.

How to get to Moulin Rouge

Depending on where you are staying in Paris, Pigalle is easy to reach.  The Metro stop is Blanche and gives access to Line 2.  Consequently, we chose to get a taxi as we were staying very close to Montmartre and I was wearing high heels. Faceplanting in Paris was not on our itinerary. The hotel can order you a taxi or you can go to a taxi stop and get one there. Make sure you don’t try to flag one down close to a taxi rank as it is illegal to do so.

Dress code

The Moulin Rouge prefers people not to wear flip flops, shorts, jeans or clothes that are too casual. While I didn’t see many men in suits or women in evening gowns, there were a few dotted around.  I did notice that all were dressed elegantly and looked very classy and stylish. In other words, dress fairly smart.

Who can attend the Moulin Rouge show?

Despite the fact that the show has an adult theme, families with children do attend, though the minimum age is six. Some would frown on bringing children to this show, however, I can truly understand why children would love the colours, costumes, and most performances because it is rather circus-like (if you ignore the bare breasts). One thing that this show is not, and that is trashy, therefore, it has appeal for everyone of all ages, although if you are offended by topless women, then you may want to reconsider attending.

No photography

Photography was strictly forbidden, as a result, I resisted the temptation to snap away,  To be honest I was so enthralled in all that was going on and totally forgot about taking photos.

Sumptuous decor

Firstly I loved the ambience, atmosphere, and sumptuous decor. Low lighting added to the theme with seating in deep red velvet decor, in belle époque style. Secondly, there was a sense of anticipation and excitement in the air. We were guided to our table and given a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, very nice thank you very much.  After that, a beautiful meal was served typically French and very delicious.

Let the show begin

The show itself is fabulous entertainment with flamboyant artists from all over the world performing the most amazing acts.  Wherever you look there is a riot of colour, rhinestones, feathers therefore, all of the senses are awakened. In addition, the costumes are incredibly elaborate and beautiful. Jugglers, dancers, acrobats, comedians, snakes, animals, it was all going on. Each act was brilliantly entertaining and the evening flew by quickly.

Mesmerizing performances

From start to finish, the performances were truly mesmerizing, and I loved every single moment. Yes of course, the boobs come out (not mine), but this is done in such a tasteful way.  I had a quiet giggle to myself at my husband doing his best to look away and failing miserably. Most of those boobs were small, pert, and perky. Gazing down at my own, I realised mine have been on their own journey South these days!

The famous Cancan of the Moulin Rouge

The Cancan girls high kicked their way onto the stage, in a sea of ruffled petticoats. The energy in the room at this point was incredibly high, and there were smiles adorning all of the faces I could see. Time flew by and soon we were heading out into the night to continue my birthday evening. 

Value for money

Tickets are available for the show to fit most budgets, similarly, you can choose to eat there or not. Shop around online before you go as you may bag a bargain. VIP experiences are also available, with this you don’t have to queue. Really it is up to you and the amount you are willing to spend. Keep an eye on Viator as there are some offers that come up on there.

All I can say is that this is really a fabulous show, and well worth going to if you are visiting Paris.

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  1. April 1, 2019 / 2:02 am

    I was quite surprised to read about your experience at the Moulin Rouge, as I had only ever heard that it was overpriced and disappointing! I am happy to hear that it is a worthwhile night out, as I also love the Moulin Rouge movie and Montmartre is one of my favourite areas of Paris. I appreciate you sharing the time frame and walking through the process – I will have to make sure that I catch the Cabaret on my next trip!

    • Isobel
      April 1, 2019 / 5:41 am

      Thank you for commenting. Yes, it a fab evening out, and yes Montmartre is truly lovely. I love wandering around that area. The atmosphere, the vibe is so uplifting. Do let me know how you enjoy the Moulin Rouge when you next go.

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