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Pigalle Tours and Activities

Pigalle
Located on the edge of the eighth and 19th arrondissements, Pigalle has long had a reputation for debauchery. Paris’ former red-light district and a haven for turn-of-the-20th-century bohemians, Pigalle is today renowned for its (sometimes sordid) nightlife and festive spirit—as well as world-famous venues like the Moulin Rouge.

The Basics
Located at the base of the Montmartre hill, Pigalle has long been known for its sleazier pursuits as well as its artistic pedigree: the neighborhood was once frequented by everyone from Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso to Van Gogh. Today, Pigalle retains something of its risque allure—the area is still home to various adult-entertainment venues and sex shops—but a recent revival means it now boasts a heavy concentration of trendy cocktail bars, hip restaurants, and edgy boutiques.

Pigalle can be discovered on history-themed walking tours, while evening performances at cabaret venues such as the Moulin Rouge and Nouvelle Eve draw flocks of after-dark visitors.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Some of the coolest addresses in the neighborhood are clustered in South Pigalle—or SoPi, as some have taken to calling it.
  • The Rue des Martyrs, home to lively cafés, boutiques, and other small businesses, is one of the area’s most popular thoroughfares.
  • In addition to its entertainment venues, Pigalle also hosts several cultural stops, including the Musée de la Vie Romantique and the Musée National Gustave Moreau.

How to Get There
Pigalle is served by several Métro stations, including Pigalle (lines 2 and 12), Place de Clichy (lines 2 and 13), and Blanche (line 2). It can also be reached by the 30, 54, or 67 bus, or the Montmartrobus, which serves the hilly area. Alternatively, head to Pigalle on foot, by Vélib’ bike, or by taxi.

When to Get There
Pigalle has always been a district that comes into its own when the sun goes down, and that’s still when you’ll find the area at its liveliest. Enjoy the charged atmosphere and dose of revelry when you attend a late-night performance at the Moulin Rouge or another of the area’s famed cabaret theaters.

Montmartre
Located at the foot of Montmartre, Pigalle is just a quick commute away from some of Paris’ loftiest heights (and most impressive views). Couple your Pigalle explorations with a trip to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica—preferably at sunset, if it’s a romantic atmosphere that you crave.
Address: Pigalle, Paris 75009, France
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Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Cabaret Parisian Evening Experience

Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Cabaret Parisian Evening Experience

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Enjoy two iconic Parisian experiences during this evening tour that combines a dinner cruise on the Seine River with admission to the Moulin Rouge. First, see Paris sights like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral while enjoying a 3-course meal of French cuisine aboard a La Marina de Paris glass-enclosed boat. Then head to the Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre district for a performance of the show ‘Feerie,’ which includes a half bottle of Champagne per person. Hotel transport is included for your convenience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Eiffel Tower Access with Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show

Eiffel Tower Access with Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show

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Soak in the splendor of Paris in one unforgettable night that includes fine-dining, sightseeing, and a flamboyant cancan show. Choose between dining at the Eiffel Tower and a sightseeing river cruise, or combine the experience with a spectacular dinner cruise along the Seine. Top your evening off by sipping Champagne and enjoying a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge.
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  • 7 hours
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Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Evening Experience

Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Evening Experience

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Enjoy two of Paris' most iconic experiences on this combo Seine River cruise and Moulin Rouge tour. On board the river cruise, pass by illuminated waterfront landmarks such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, and then head north to the Moulin Rouge for its 'Féerie' cabaret show, which includes one glass of Champagne. Hotel pickup is not provided but hotel drop-off is for accommodations within the city.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Paris Montmartre Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Paris Montmartre Tourist Scavenger Hunt

The Montmartre Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour of Montmartre in Paris. See all the sights while having fun and of course, learning some history too! Indeed, you will walk from Place d’Anvers to the Sacré-Coeur, around the butte and back down to Place Pigalle while taking on a few various challenges.
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  • 3 hours
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Scandalous Paris-Belle Epoque Brothels & Courtesans

Scandalous Paris-Belle Epoque Brothels & Courtesans

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History comes to life with this Belle Epoque-themed tour. As you make your way through the 2nd and 9th arrondissements, your guide will regale you with stories from one of the most colorful periods in Parisian history. Discover former brothels and listen to scandalous tales of dazzling courtesans. Visit Palais Royal, Pigalle, and the Place Saint-Georges. End your small-group tour with a cocktail at a former brothel.
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  • 3 hours
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