The more things change, the more they stay the same. Called Pig Alley by puritanical American G.I.s after the liberation of Paris, they were aghast at how one could allow maisons closes to be so blatantly visible. Pigalle is where Paris spreads its legs—in more ways than one. Actually, just in one way, to varying degrees, depending on how much you’re willing to pay. On the high end, there’s the Moulin Rouge, one of Paris’ most-photographed buildings, the birthplace of the French can-can, and the worst place in Paris to propose to your significant other. On the low end, well, just take a look around. You have your choice between the Sexodrome, Pussy’s, La Diva…good luck and Godspeed!

Coffee shops

Rose Bak­ery at Musée de la Vie Romantique

Bakeries + Sweets

Fou de Patisserie



Grand Pigalle Hôtel Bar

Le Pigalle Restaurant

Peppe Pizze­ria


Buvette Gas­trothèque

Lulu White Drink­ing Club

Museums + Monuments

Musée de la Vie Romantique


Mai­son Souquet

Cabarets + Live Music

La Nou­velle Eve

Sis­ter Midnight

4 Rue Vio­l­let-le-Duc — check their sched­ule for Drag nights

Food Markets

Marché Anvers

Place d’Anvers
Open: Fri — 3p to 8:30p

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