Moulin Rouge
Answers to all questions on the cabaret

The Moulin Rouge of Paris is without doubt the most famous cabaret in Paris, and possibly the whole world. Every day, it attracts hundreds of spectators. Before buying your tickets for the performance, maybe you have some questions. Prices, timings, meet times, dress code, but also menus or age restrictions, here you will find the answers to all the questions so that you make a reservation with full knowledge of all the facts.


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Are there promotions for buying tickets to the Moulin Rouge?

You can always try typing Moulin Rouge promo codes into Google. However, you should know that the sites boasting about promoting a discount for reserving cabaret tickets only want to encourage you to click on their page, rather than another page. The Moulin Rouge doesn’t need to offer reductions to fill the audience and we notice that it is rather the opposite; as soon as the show is nearly full, the prices increase.

How much is it for a show at Moulin Rouge?

The price to pay to enjoy a show at the Moulin Rouge varies according to many criteria.

a) The option that you choose: performance on its own or performance with dinner. The price of attending a performance alone starts at 87 euros. It is going to cost you at least 185 euros for the option that includes dinner.

b) The performance schedule: if you choose the performance on its own, you should know that the Moulin Rouge proposes two viewings per evening, at 9pm and at 11pm. With the second timing being less popular, it is logically cheaper to attend the 11pm performance. The price of the 9pm performance starts at 119 euros whilst that of the 11pm performance starts at 87 euros.

c) The menu that you choose: if you opt for the performance with dinner, you should know that there are many menus at varying prices, all drinks included. The first menu, the Mistinguett menu that is offered, starts at 185 euros. The second menu, called Toulouse Lautrec starts off at 199 euros like the vegan and vegetarian menus. The Belle Epoque menu, the most prestigious that is offered, starts at 230 euros.

d) Attendance: the Moulin Rouge is a victim of its success. With an occupancy rate of over 95% every evening and with the aim of best distributing the customers on every day of the year, the Moulin Rouge has made the choice to constantly vary the prices of its different options, in order to fill up. Do not be surprised either to see the price of a show change from one day to the next. If this show is filled quickly, the price will increase. For that reason, we can only recommend that you make a reservation as far in advance as possible!

How far in advance should one make a reservation for the Moulin Rouge?

Tickets for the Moulin Rouge are put on sale six months in advance. As soon as you are sure of your date, make a request without delay! With an occupancy rate of 95% all year round, the cabaret is always full. In addition, the prices are "yielded", which means that they increase when more than one session is full! Be careful however, tickets are not able to be cancelled or refunded. Some sites propose cancellation assurances in exchange for money.

Is it possible to make group reservations?

The Moulin Rouge is proposing group offers until the privatisation of the Moulin Rouge. For company evenings at the cabaret, choose weekday evenings, because groups are not accepted on Fridays and Saturdays due to demand being too high. Group reservations at the Moulin Rouge are made on request.

Find all the answers on the group prices of the Moulin Rouge.

How to be well placed in the Moulin Rouge?

You will read many comments on the Internet explaining that you have to arrive very far in advance because the seating placements at the Moulin Rouge would be done on a ‘first come, first served basis.’ This is absolutely false in any case, for the dinner with performance and for the 9pm show. Every day, the table plan is made in the afternoon by the maîtres d’hôtel who manage it rigorously. Be careful, this does not mean to say you can arrive late. If the nice tables are empty when dinner or the performance starts, they will be assigned to those who made the effort of arriving on time. With the 11pm show being less in demand, the seating arrangement is more flexible and the maîtres d’hôtel are more easily convinced to change the places if the ones that you have been assigned are not convenient for you. To have an excellent spot at the Moulin Rouge, the best way is to book a performance with dinner because the first third of the room at the front of the stage is dedicated to it. It seems that the maîtres d’hôtel stick to the order of reservation. That is to say that the earlier you reserve, the better the seat you’ll get.

Is there a difference between the performance at 9pm and the one at 11pm?

The show is completely the same in the first and second performance. Feel free to make your choice and organise your evening as you wish. However, you should know that the 11pm viewing is less in demand and that you will have more chance of being in the front row if you double this choice of reservation well in advance.

Is it possible to ask to eat if you only chose the performance option?

Even without choosing the performance with dinner option, you can ask for tapas to accompany the 9pm performance. Be careful, the kitchens shut at around 8.45pm. Therefore, it is recommended that you arrive between 8 and 8.15pm so that you have time to be seated, look at the menu and order. Good news for vegetarians, portions without meat and fish are available!

Is there a particular dress code to get into the Moulin Rouge?

Neither a bow tie nor a dinner jacket, tie or evening dress is required. On the other hand, the dress code is strict and non-negotiable, the correct attire is required. Shorts, sports shoes, Bermuda shorts and other sandals are completely forbidden. Dress as if you were going to a stylish but relaxed dinner and everything will be fine.

Is there a minimum age to attend a show at the Moulin Rouge?

The Moulin Rouge performance is universal and for everyone, even for children. The cabaret has however has made the choice to set the age limit at a minimum of six years old.

How long is a performance at the Moulin Rouge?

The performance officially takes an hour and a half, but is subject to the unpredictability of live performance. You will have a good two hours inside the Moulin Rouge for the show, four if you are opting for the performance with dinner.

What time does the performance at the Moulin Rouge finish?

It all depends on the time of the show that you have chosen. The 9pm performance usually finishes at 9.30pm and the one at 11pm finishes at 12.30am. But that is without taking into account the time for getting up from the table, waiting for other customers to vacate their seats, going to the toilet, to the cloakroom or even to the Moulin Rouge shop.

Are you allowed to take photos or videos in the Moulin Rouge?

It is categorically forbidden to take photos or to film the Moulin Rouge performance, including on your mobile phone. Professional photographers will offer their services to you for a souvenir photo. It is useless to try and take a hidden photo. The room is equipped with a special light which prevents all shots.

Is there a cloakroom at the Moulin Rouge?

The Moulin Rouge has a cloakroom, which is not obligatory but strongly recommended, notably if you are carrying a handbag or rucksack. In fact, if you make the choice to keep your personal belongings with you, you will be subject to a bag search just as obligatory as thorough for obvious security reasons. Equally, we recommend the use of the cloakroom for your comfort because, as in all the show rooms, you will be more comfortable sat down without your jacket or overcoat on the back of your chair.

Can you eat at the Moulin Rouge?

It is absolutely possible to dine at the Moulin Rouge! The cabaret proposes two options: the performance on its own or the performance with dinner. Note: dinner is not during the performance. You will dine at 7pm accompanied by a live orchestra from the Moulin Rouge, then at 9pm you will attend the show.

Is there a child’s rate at the Moulin Rouge?

There is a reduced child rate for children between 6 and 11 years old at the Moulin Rouge. These tickets however are not bookable online and you will have to contact customer services at the Moulin Rouge by telephone.

Is the Moulin Rouge air-conditioned?

This question may make you laugh but the latest heatwaves makes it very relevant. You need to know that the place where you are going to spend the evening is going to be pleasant. We assure you that the Moulin Rouge has air conditioning in the performance room as well as in the entrance lobby into which you will be taken to wait for a few minutes before taking your seats.

Can you come with bags or suitcases to the Moulin Rouge?

In order to guarantee everyone’s safety, baggage, suitcases and travel bags are no longer accepted in the cloakrooms. Handbags will be the subject of a rigorous inspection by the Moulin Rouge security guards and any refusal to be subjected to these inspections will see you be refused entry.

Is it possible to visit the Moulin Rouge?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to enter the Moulin Rouge or its backstage area during the day due to rehearsals and the setting of the tables. You will have to buy a ticket for the performance or the performance with dinner to admire this superb show room.

Where is the Moulin Rouge?

The exact address of the Moulin Rouge is 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, opposite the Place Blanche and on the corner of Rue Lepic made famous for its ‘Café des deux Moulins’, the filming location of the ‘Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain’ by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

How to get to the Moulin Rouge by Metro?

The closest Metro station is opposite Moulin Rouge. This is the station ‘Blanche’ on line 2 of the Paris Metro. If it is more convenient for you to take line 13, you can get off at La Place de Clichy which is less than 300 metres from the Moulin Rouge, about 4 minutes on foot.

Is there parking near the Moulin Rouge?

There many covered and paying car parks near the Moulin Rouge. The closest being the Blanche Pigalle Car Park on the 7 rue Mansart 75009. However, be careful as it shuts at 130am. The Zenpark Car Park on 16 Avenue Rachel in the 18th is a bit further but open 24 hours a day. It will cost you a bit more than 2 euros per hour, and about 20 euros for a day.

Is it easy to find a taxi after a show at the Moulin Rouge?

The Moulin Rouge is very popular and the taxis know it. A taxi rank is opposite the Moulin Rouge just the other side of the Place Blanche, near Starbucks. The taxi drivers know the timings of the show and a queue of taxis awaits customers every evening. If you come from outside of Paris, you will possibly be surprised: the taxis in Paris are much cheaper than in the majority of other French cities!

How far is the Moulin Rouge from the Eiffel Tower?

This question is very pertinent when you are visiting Paris. A typical day will certainly lead you to the Louvre at the Eiffel Tower through a walk on the Seine to finish off in style with a cabaret show at the smart French Cancan. About 5 kilometres separates the Dame de Fer and the Moulin Rouge. For keen walkers, have an hour stroll through l’Avenue Montaigne, l’Eglise de la Madeleine or even la Place de Clichy. You will arrive there in less than 30 minutes by taxi or by using ‘Velibs’, the self-service bikes of Paris. By Metro, allow at least 40 to 45 minutes with mandatory changes as you take lines 6 and 2, 9 and 13, or the RER C then line 13. The bus is the most economical and touristy solution as the line 30 which you take from the foot of the Eiffel Tower will leave you at the door of the Moulin Rouge while passing by the Avenue Kleber, the Arc de Triomphe, the Parc Monceau and La Place de Clichy.

What is there to see around the Moulin Rouge?

Are you asking yourself what to do near the Moulin Rouge before or after the show? The Moulin Rouge is at the foot of Montmartre Hill and a few steps away from la Place de Clichy and the area of Pigalle. We will mention, without being exhaustive, le Sacré-Cœur, le Musée de Montmartre, le Musée de la Vie Romantique, la rue Stainkerque but also la Place du Tertre.

Which hotel to choose near the Moulin Rouge?

It would be difficult to list here all the hotels near the Moulin Rouge because it will also depend on your budget and taste. Hotel prices start from 150 euros but the majority offer higher prices of 200 euros per night.

Why is the Moulin Rouge called the Moulin Rouge?

The Moulin Rouge is one of the first Parisian cabarets. Its legend forms part of that of la Belle Epoque. To find out more, discover the history of the Moulin Rouge.
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