After over a century, Pigalle's reputation, entirely linked to the pleasure of party, cannot be amended... This area, that covers the North of Paris between the 9th and the 18th districts, owns its name to the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. In the XIXth century it was a place thriving with creativity and renowned also for its workshops and literary cafés. It is here than the French writer and songwriter Aristide Bruant stood up for Paris and the Boheme or where he was amused by artists like Joséphine Baker, Duke Ellington, Ernest Hemingway or Pablo Picasso. Located below the Butte Montmartre, Pigalle is nowadays one of the most touristic districts of Paris, a place to come for spectacles, party and crazy Parisian nights. The Moulin Rouge, built in 1889 and currently the most famous cabaret in Paris, can be found at the Clichy boulevard. This cabaret is, par excellence, the temple of anything party with its revues and dinner-shows where the Parisian ballerinas dance cancan and do the grand écart. The painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec immortalized cabaret life through its celebrated posters, and not no forget either is 'La Goulue', popular dancer and chiefest among the audacious. The area, with its restaurants, its popular theatres -'Le Divan du Monde' ('The World's Divan'), 'La Boule Noire' ('The Black Ball')-, its bars and discos is, uncontroversially, one of the most enjoyable in the capital. Come to discover Pigalle, with Pariscityvision.com and Paris L'Opentour.
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Ideal for visiting Paris over two days, at your convenience. Hop on an open-top bus or river boat (Batobus) and see the finest Paris monuments: Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Hotel des Invalides, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint-Germain-des-Prés...
Go up to the top of Montmartre from Pigalle. Discover the Sacré-Coeur Basilica with a panoramic view of Paris from the esplanade, then dine in a musical ambiance on the Place du Tertre, famous for its artists, at “La Crémaillière” restaurant.
On this Paris exploration, you will travel back in time, and explore the scandalous side of Paris! Your local expert guide will tell you some of the naughtiest stories and anecdotes of the Belle Epoque Period.