The Lido on the most beautiful avenue in the world
Think of the Lido and its signature Bluebell Girls come to mind; this dance troop was founded in 1948 by Margaret Kelly and these superb, svelte dancers have been enchanting Paris‘s high society in their traditional blue costumes ever since. But the famous theatre, located on the equally famous Champs-Élysées, has not always been the scene of shows and revues; the Lido started out as a public swimming pool. Today, the cabaret's decor of crystal chandeliers and golden mosaic-work cannot fail to hold you in its spell. Everything glitters, dazzles and sparkles like a magical dream. On the menu for your shiny night out, a gastronomic dinner is served in the panoramic, 1,000-seater theatre, where the floor lowers 80 cm as the show starts so you can enjoy the cabaret and your meal in the perfect condition. Sit back for a course of feather- and rhinestone-garnished dancing!
116 avenue des Champs-Élysées
+33 (0)1 40 76 56 10
The Moulin Rouge – celebrating 130 years partying in Paris
Since 1889, the sails of the world-famous windmill have been shining frivolously in the night sky over Paris. Posters by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting the Moulin Rouge and dancers of the time have reached the four corners of the world. The cabaret on Boulevard de Clichy navigated its way across the 20th century and has seen the biggest stars of Parisian nightlife pass through its doors, Mistinguett, Colette, Trenet, Piaf, Aznavour, Minnelli and Sinatra, to name a few. And today, it is still THE place to come for French cancan, the birthplace where everything started for this boisterous dance. The decor inside has retained its Belle-Époque frescoes and original posters. All your senses are totally immersed. Before the show, a dinner is served at your perfectly set table with its now iconic little red lamp. Technical innovations have created stunning decor and stage sets (and even a giant aquarium). The magic lives on, the Moulin Rouge's unique atmosphere remains the same, embodied by its feather- and sequin-clad Doris Girls and Doris Dancers.
The Moulin Rouge
82 boulevard de Clichy
+33 (0)1 53 09 82 82
Caveau de la Huchette – jazz makes itself at home in the capital
Before becoming one of the capital's most iconic jazz clubs, the Caveau de la Huchette had a very long and often mysterious past. If the walls could talk, they would tell you quite a bit about France's history. In its cellars, Templars, freemasons and revolutionaries have all taken their turn here, including Marat, Danton and Robespierre… The cellar has even been used as a prison. As for jazz, it took its place under the vaults at the end of the Second World War, after being introduced by American GIs. And it has never left the place since! Every evening, an orchestra plays live jazz, be-bop and swing, making the walls pulsate and pulling fans and curious onlookers to their feet. Saturday evening is the liveliest. The ambiance is all about sharing an extremely sociable musical interlude in a particularly well-preserved historical setting, right in the heart of the 5th arrondissement.
Caveau de la Huchette
5 rue de la Huchette
+33 (0)1 43 26 65 05
The Paris Philharmonic and its unique acoustics
Since 2015, the capital has had a venue completely devoted to music – the Paris Philharmonic in Parc de la Villette. The building, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, not only has practice rooms, workshops and exhibition spaces, but an amazing auditorium renowned for the quality of its acoustics: this is the Pierre Boulez Great Hall, named after the composer and conductor (1925–2016). Symphony music, which takes pride of place, enjoys a most unusual setting: the audience is literally wrapped around the stage, bringing spectators into a quite unique physical and emotional proximity to the orchestra. And when the 6,055 pipes of the huge symphonic organ start to play, the effect is overwhelming. So, what can you see there? Well, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Paris plays here regularly, as does the Paris Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble intercontemporain. And to get the evening off to a perfect start, the restaurant located on the top floor gives you sensational views over the City of Lights.
221 avenue Jean Jaurès
+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84
Maison de la Radio – the great lady of classical music
Since it was inaugurated in 1963, the Maison de la Radio has been home to three auditoriums, each with a different size, atmosphere and function. What was then presented as a modern temple of radio and, more broadly, of sound has witnessed the recording and broadcast of great works of music in the best possible conditions. The place was then renovated and modernised and now music-lovers enter an auditorium completely redesigned to optimise not only the flow of sound, but also to bring the audience and orchestra closer together by placing the orchestra in the centre. All around, 1,461 spectators enjoy a view over the entire stage. It feels like being in an arena, overlooked by the monumental organ. The concert you have come to see takes on a whole new dimension. For lovers of classical music, listening and watching the prestigious National Orchestra of France in this hall is a moment of pure joy.
Maison de la Radio
116 avenue du Président Kennedy
+33 (0)1 56 40 15 16
Mogador Theatre – the tunes of Broadway in Paris
The Mogador Theatre first opened in 1919, just after the end of the First World War; it unashamedly devoted itself to the tradition of musicals, combining theatre, music and dance. The theatre is built in the style of those great traditional music halls over the Channel. And so, over the years, Mogador has in turn celebrated operetta, musical comedy, concerts, ballet and theatre. Decked out in glittering gold and red, the stage was recently upgraded so it could host big-name shows. It has staged the likes of Notre-Dame de Paris, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Starmania, Chicago, Grease, Sister Act, Tom Sawyer and many more. In keeping with the original spirit of the place, the shows on offer today appeal to a wide audience, to be enjoyed with family and friends alike.
25 rue de Mogador
+33 (0)1 53 32 32 32
Bel Canto restaurant for a musical dinner to remember
At first glance, there is nothing overly special about the Bel Canto restaurant. Then, you get a hint of what awaits. The intriguingly named ‘Operatic Menu' catches your attention. But it comes as a total surprise when the waiter transforms into an opera singer just a few inches from your table. The performers are students at the Conservatoire and they bring Carmen, Papageno and Don Giovanni to life before you. It is all done so very naturally, and you get to enjoy sophisticated French cuisine into the bargain. In a matter of seconds, the music works its magic between merriment and emotion as their voices peal forth. The dinner-show has been reinvented in Paris, combining operatic and culinary arts for a taste and sound extravaganza.
Bel Canto restaurant
72 quai de l'Hôtel de Ville
+33 (0)1 42 78 30 18