Cabarets are the perfect place to be entertained while simultaneously indulging in a meal or cocktail. France is home to many of these performance venues that both tourists and local residents seek out in order to enjoy their dinner while also experiencing something memorable and emotion evoking. Enhance your Parisian visit by soaking up France’s cabaret culture through a visit to one the following mentioned below:
Set on the Champs-Élysées, the Lido is a long-standing Parisian institution. Overhauled two years ago, its new show ‘Paris Merveilles’ evokes all the magic of the City of Light – even locals are guaranteed to be enthralled by the 23 tableaux meticulously executed by 60-strong troupe of talented performers. Feast on coquilles Saint Jacques and foie gras before the start of the show while you soak up the venue's glitzy centuries-old soul.
Possibly the most Instgrammed building in Paris, this alluring little pink house slotted in Montmartre’s cobblestone streets may not have the glitz of the big cabarets but punters come for the more casual, buoyant atmosphere honouring French chanson with a twist of humour. Dinner of French staples is also served at the start of the evening.
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A tribute to femininity, the 1950s burlesque cabaret has been an icon since it changed hands in 2005. Today, ‘Le Crazy’ is renowned for the sophisticated sensuality of its shows performed by the 30 ‘Crazy Girls’ and created by the choreographer Philippe Découflé. It has also hosted shows by talented artists like the sassy Dita Von Teese.
The most famous cabaret in the world, the Moulin Rouge first opened in 1889 and was the epicentre of the Belle Epoque, France’s golden post-war era. The dazzling show Féerie, is all cheek, feathers and sequins, performed by 100 top-ranking artists. And the best spot to watch it all from is at a table of chef David Le Quellec’s French gastronomy restaurant.
The star attraction at this Parisian icon is the glittery show performed by the cast of transvestite artists, drawing crowds far and wide. Founded in 1956 by Michou himself, a figure of Parisian nightlife, an evening here is a must for all cabaret aficionados. A dinner of French fare with a Picardie twist is served before the show.
First opened as a literary café by Napoleon in 1803 drawing patrons like novelists Balzac and Dumas, the Paradis Latin came into its own in the Belle Epoque. Today’s show is based on celebration and it’s explored through 15 tableaux performed by the 35 dancers and acrobats. Dinner of French staples is the perfect note to start the evening.
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Turn up the heat Copacabana style. It doesn’t get more Carioca than at this lively sensual cabaret steps from the Champs Elysées. Sit down for dinner while you watch dancers clad in colourful feathers and sequins just like at the Rio Carnival shake it on stage to the live band’s samba sounds – perfect for sweeping the winter blues.
If you're planning an event at this 1920's-style cabaret, make sure to brush up on your chanson francaise. The talented transvestite artists put on lively shows punctuated with light-hearted humour, giving this cabaret a more urban, down-to-earth ambience. Ham and cheese boards and more elaborate dishes are available before the show. Continue the night with the venue's night club.
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Off the beaten track, this cabaret is one of the city’s more intimate venues. The cast of 23 dancers execute each tableau of the show Paris Je T’aime with a cheery edge, and often even invite members of the audience to join them on stage. Dinner-wise, there are several prix-fixe menus to choose from – all include typical French bistro fare.
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