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Sex at Pigalle Place

Visiting Paris' Red Light District


Moulin Rouge at night
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Get naughty during your next visit to Paris by visiting the notorious Pigalle Place, an epicenter of sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs, cabarets and general adults-only, X-rated adventures.

This neighborhood in Montmartre has long been notorious as a popular hotspot for the more risque crowd. It is home to some of Paris' most famous cabarets ("Moulin Rouge," for instance, was immortalized by artist Toulouse Lautrec as well as Hollywood), or other topless and nude shows.

There are several strip clubs here, and it is said one can buy a overpriced bottle of champagne and that markup covers getting a girl as a bonus.

You can also find the Musee d'Erotisme (erotic museum) at 72, Boulevard de Clichy.

The neighborhood's raunchy reputation led to its World War II nickname of Pig Alley, as soldiers descended on the area for adult entertainment.

It is best to visit the neighborhood during the day, at least for the first time, and get your bearings. You can get to Pigalle Place by taking the Metro to the Pigalle stop.

This area of Paris isn't just about the down and dirty, though. There are many less labido-related sites here, and more lofty cultural pursuits.

Toulouse Lautrec's studio was here. Artists Picasso and Maurice Neumont also once lived here. You can view the works of artist Salvador Dali as well at Espace Dalí Montmartre.

If you feel shy about adventuring into this neighborhood alone, there are several tour groups that will guide you. You can usually find a brochure for "adults-only" tours of Pigalle at your hotel, or see the link on the top right of this page.

If you are looking for a risque night of X-rated fun, Pigalle Place provides all the dirty diversions one could seek.

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