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I've read many bad reviews about the Cabaret shows in Paris (Moulin Rouge, Lido, Zebra,...). Can anyone recommend one that is more "authentic" and less of a tourist trap?
I've heard some good things about Chez Michou. My wife and I wanted to go on our last trip to Paris but ran out of time.
If your French is good enough go to the "Lapin Agile" on the back of Montmartre. This not a sexy legs-up cabaret, more a poetry, song and comedian type of place. You'll still find some tourists there though.
A place for a dance and some accordian music can be found on the rue de Lappe near the Bastille called the "Balajo"; less tourists here but it might not be sort of place you're looking for. Most of the "Cabarets chansonniers" have now gone, except for those that rely on the tourist trade, somewhat unfortunately.
Your question intrigued me so I did a quick search - check out guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/n... - sounds like a lot of fun....MIchou is drag queens, I believe? if you like that - but I think you better understand French well...
PS - I think avoiding Pigalle is a good rule to thumb - it is also rather raunchy and trashy....Paris deserves to be seen in its best light!
I'm sorry to say Jean, but I think there is a lot of journalistic licence in that article. I've been in the Trois Mailletz three times and I've never seen anything as described in that article, not saying it doesn't happen, but that might have been an "invites only evening". In the main that is a piano-bar and does have some good jazz. On the opposite corner of rue Galande at no 52 is a bar that also has a cave where they have different types of live bands every night. One night jazz, next night soul, and so on, its called "Les Oubliettes".
OK, either she got lucky - it was late and maybe some fun people were hanging out there that night - or she just had to, well, get an article out...??? The search continues but those in the hip avant garde sort of know...might know....Well, the search continues...although I doubt if Pigalle is the answer to the quest!
Paul, I've read exactly what you've just said about Lapin Agile many times: that it will only be enjoyable if you have a good command of French. Riveras, I'm wondering what exactly you are expecting of a cabaret show as there may be some which are "authentic" but in a current way and not as they would have been a century ago. Like anything else, entertainment evolves. :O)
Thing is Kate, at the Lapin Agile, you never know what you are going to get. Could be a poetry reading or a comedian. If the jokes are poetry is in French, it's ok for 5 mins but after that you're not going to sit there just having a drink (no food here); Bit of singing and music will be ok, goes down in any language; It is very eclectic, the staff are good but it is not certain that everyone will enjoy it, although there are tourists as well.....
Right: the reviews I read from non- French speakers seemed to be from those who landed in during comedy acts, skits, etc. that they were unable to understand. Music is fine in any language!
I confess I have few experience of Cabaret.
Moulin Rouge and Lido are tourist factories ans it is a pity to see the lines of foreigners waiting by the street to enter the Moulin Rouge as in a homeless shelter.
Michou is pleasant but it is gay. That does not mean the whole spectators are gay. The cabaret is small and all the sits have not a view on the stage. Some spectators can see the show on a TV screen.
The performance of many cabarets needs to understand French because there are several parts of humour.
I suggest something different in attending the hillarious show of Olivier GIRAUD at the Theatre des Nouveautés 9e arrondissement : "How to become a parisian in one hour". It is completly in English (with a strong French accent which adds to the fun). The spectators are 75 pct French and foreigners for 25 pct. At the end of show, you can talk with Giraud who stayed in Florida several years and speaks a very good English. The reduced price is between 15 and 30 euros on the website ticketreduc.com
Guyon, What a great idea. I've bookmarked it. Thanks.
Sounds like fun to me! Wish we'd known about that one before our last trip. :)
Hi, in fact what does authentic means ? Years ago Parisian used to go to Cabarets. Now it's only for tourists, foreigners and French ones who think that this kind of spectacles is Paris. I went last month to "Chez Ma cousine" in Montmartre because a friend of mine who live in the south wanted to go there. That was a pity, bad singer unable to finish a song, racist sexist and well known jokes. More over during the "spectacle" you can't talk with your friends, obliged to listend to that. I don't know the Lapin Agile, maybe it's different, I hope so.
Follow Guyon advices.
Thanks for that Ray, I have booked to go on the 17 th April