A cabaret show in Paris is an evening of unbridled live entertainment with vivacious French Can-Can dancing and sexy performances that border on the risqué. Watching a cabaret show in Paris has become a must-do item on the tourist checklist and without a doubt, a quintessential Parisian experience!
The perception and reputation of the French Cabaret have changed over the centuries. The early 16th century Cabarets were the predecessors of restaurants and were a meeting point for people from all walks of life. Over time, in the 19th century, they started serving wine, food and a set program of entertainment, but its reputation was unsavoury. It all changed with the entry of venues like Moulin Rouge and Paradis Latin with their elaborate entertainment routines and ofcourse, the creation of the Can-Can dance!
The live entertainment became bigger and better with fantastic theatres and hi-tech stage effects. The shows started to include more acts including acrobats, jugglers, circus artists and burlesque performers and had elaborate themes. The cabaret has competed and outlasted the lure of cinema and other live performers with its unique offering of pure joyous entertainment!
Cabaret in Paris is an evolved art form, and you will find many cabarets that focus on the multiple acts of cabaret – singing, dancing, humour, magic, and exotic. There are more than 20 popular cabarets in the city, but the audiences are always drawn to the Big 4 where they can get a complete experience of cabaret with all its frills and fancies. The Big 4 of Cabaret in Paris are Lido De Paris, Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse and Paradis Latin. Each has a fantastic history and knows how to entertain the audience in 90 minutes!
Lido De Paris
Lido is sheer magic and the magnum opus that French Cabaret deserves! The daily shows at the Lido theatre are poetry in motion and entertain over 1,000 spectators in a whirlwind of dancing, acrobatics, juggling and magic. The statuesque Bluebell girls, as the Lido dancing girls are known, are outfitted with phenomenal costumes and perfectly suit the hi-tech stage effects including elaborate water set pieces.
Lido de Paris opened in 1946 and moved to the current location in Champs-Elysees gaining itself a reputation as a world-class entertainment venue. The 90-minute cabaret show features about ten scenes including burlesque and special acts. Many artists and celebrities have performed at the Lido including Elton John, Dalida, Noel Coward and Seigfried and Roy. Sip on champagne and watch the sultry bluebell girls enamor you with their dance moves at the best cabaret show in town!
The glitzy lights and the iconic red windmill beckon Parisians and travelers from all corners of the world to the entertainment powerhouse of Moulin Rouge. Among the oldest cabarets in the city, it has been entertaining audiences for almost 130 years since its opening in 1889. The birthplace of the Can-Can dance, Moulin Rouge has been an inspiration for live entertainment worldwide including movies, music, and books.
Moulin Rouge today puts up quite the spectacle in its Feerie Show that involves 80 artists including 60 dancers. The show is a revue of the history of Moulin Rouge and sights from the tribal landscape of Indonesia and the thrilling circus. It is a sensory overload with pulsating music created for the show and a dazzling display of costumes with rhinestones, sequins, and feathers. Everything at the Moulin Rouge screams opulence and sumptuousness, and it is the epitome of French Cabaret!
Spotlight and Sensuality take center stage at the Crazy Horse Show in Paris. The show has been one of the most popular Cabarets in Paris since it opened in 1951. The depiction of the female aesthetic sets it apart from the other cabarets, as it showcases stunning female bodies juxtaposed with mind-altering lights effects. The sensual dance moves show off the body and evoke emotions through its unique storytelling and music.
Crazy Horse was started by Alain Bernardin who created a new cabaret with his special artistic signature that combined elements of New Wave, New Realism and Pop Art movements. In 2017, the theatre launched its new show ‘Totally Crazy’ which showcases the best songs and segments performed in over 65 years of the Crazy Horse. From famous designer Christian Louboutin to Beyonce, several creative artists have collaborated with the cabaret. Visit the Crazy Horse to see the iconic 12 girls British Royal Guard salute live!
Paradis Latin is one of the most popular cabaret shows in Paris and sticks to its roots by putting on the best dancing show with French Can-can, tap dancing and more. Initially opened by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803, the Paradis Latin began as an entertainment venue and a place for the mingling of artists and intellectuals. It closed down in a fire and reopened in 1899 in a fantastic theatre built by Gustave Eiffel, but it was not destined to last. After a series of handovers, Paradis Latin finally opened its doors in 1977 forever with a show created by Jean-Marie River who breathed new life into it.
Today, the theatre hosts the Paradise a la Folie a fantastic show with the theme of history itself! The scenes of Adam & Eve, Romeo & Juliet, the courts of King Louis XV to the modern Hollywood are brought alive by the dancers who are vivacious, beautiful and never fail to mesmerise the audiences!
A cabaret show is a carefully curated experience, right from the seating to the show choreography everything is focused on offering the best live entertainment experience. The theatre seating is luxurious, with table seating and every seat provides a great view of the stage. As you look around you can feel the luxury through its exquisite furnishing and accessories. You can come in a bit early to get seats up front but the view from all the seats is great.
If you choose a dining package, the meal is served two hours before the show while champagne is served during the show. Around you, the audience has turned up in their finest clothing eager to enjoy their night in Paris. Once the show starts, you can feel the exuberant energy all around you! The rousing music, the vibrant enthusiasm of the French can-can dancers and the breathtaking acts of the special performers will transfix you, and you won’t even know when the 90 minutes are up!