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Moulin Rouge

Last updated: 10 March, 2024

Fronted by a red windmill, this historical cabaret needs no introduction. Since opening the same year as the Eiffel Tower, in 1889, it has inspired paintings (most famously by Toulouse-Lautrec), and movies (like Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 hit film, Moulin Rouge), and is photographed by visitors from all around the world.

Today the show’s as glitzy as it’s kitschy, with themed scenes portraying the Circus, Pirates and the Moulin Rouge through the ages. Can Can, of course, takes centre stage and magic shows complete the offerings.

You can dine on French cuisine as you watch, or just opt for the show and champagne. There’s also a rooftop cocktail bar for pre- or post-show drinks and nibbles.


Price from: £74
Minimum age: 6
Age suitable: 10+
Frequency: daily
When: Daily
Duration: 2-4 hours

Getting there & doing it

The closest metro station is Blanche.

The best place to get tickets is on the cabaret’s own website, or you can also book a VIP ticket online here.

There are two shows every night, one at 9pm and one at 11pm. The 9pm show is for those opting for dinner (which starts at 7pm) – dinner also guarantees the best seats.

The 11pm show is easier to get tickets for, but both sell out weeks ahead so book well ahead.

The shows last for 2 hours, but its 4 hours if you have dinner.

When to do it

Shows run all year round, seven days a week – with two shows per day at 9pm and 11pm.