It’s always show time in Paris, where beautiful dancers, singers, and magicians create a magical escape from the everyday. Since the original “cabaret artistique,” renamed Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat), opened in Montmartre in 1881, Parisian Cabaret has been celebrated for bringing the most decadent, exotic acts to the stage.
The Parisian stage has been lit by an array of stars, from Josephine Baker dancing in a banana skirt at the Folies Bergère in 1936, to Edith Piaf singing her heart out at the Lido. Contemporary burlesque superstars, like Dita Von Teese, add their own glamor to the tradition at the Crazy Horse.
The Moulin Rouge is perhaps the most famous and renowned cabaret. The iconic red windmill in the red-light district of Pigalle shows the way to the legendary theater, famous for the gorgeous showgirls dancing the French Cancan while shimmering in feathers, rhinestones and sequins, as painted by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and Elton John all made an appearance at this landmark.
The Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit Cabaret), originally called “Cabaret des Assassins”, is a famous Montmartre venue and the haunt of artists and writers including Picasso, Modigliani and Apollinaire. Sit at the old wooden tables where Picasso painted “At the Lapin Agile” in 1905, and soak up the romantic ambiance in this historic stone building with traditional French songs.
The oldest traditional French cabaret in the world, the Paradis Latin was built by Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower. In the atmospheric Latin Quarter, the Paradis Latin is the perfect Paris experience, with glamorous dancers, spectacular costumers and dinner or champagne!
Indulge in a glamorous night out on the town at Le Lido on Paris’s Champs Elysees, one of the world’s most famous avenues. Featuring the famous Bluebell Girls and Lido Boy Dancers, the show tells of the journey of a woman in search of happiness, with sumptuous costumes, stunning water displays, magical lighting and captivating music in this evening of pure “Bonheur” (happiness).