The majestic Arc de Triomphe and sparkling Eiffel Tower watch over Paris by night: you must be on the World’s most beautiful avenue, the Champs-Elysées! Does this evening stroll sound tempting? It becomes truly magical once you step into the capital’s mythical cabaret – the Lido de Paris.
The Lido has been a party spot since 1946 and, alongside the Moulin Rouge, is symbolic of the French cabaret - full of an exotic mix of dancers and singers in magnificent costumes, radiant as they are extravagant. An abundance of American Pheasant, or South African Ostrich feathers; cascades of hand-mounted rhinestones on brilliant taffeta dresses, are all part of the performance like nowhere else.
Voilà! Here comes the French Cancan – a devilishly difficult dance, with burlesque undertones, that pushes dancers to the limits of gymnastics; their balance and flexibility will astound!
Whilst you would expect the performers to move and change with the acts, the scenery itself never stands still. With the latest technology in theatre the audience feel like performers themselves and the stage changes in the blink of an eye to become a dance floor, an ice rink, a swimming pool, and even a water screen – guaranteed to wow!
Paris Merveilles Show
The latest show on the Lido’s stage – Paris Merveilles (Parisian Marvels) - incorporates all this amazing technology and follows in the grandiose tradition of the cabaret. Under the direction of Franco Dragone, an Italian-born producer and a creator of Cirque du Soleil fame, the show pays homage to the city of Paris through performances full of romance, glamour at an element of the fantastical. The French capital’s emblems are illustrated from one magical tableau to the next; take a fresh look at Art Nouveau, head up the Eiffel Tower, get a front row seat at the famous catwalk shows lead by the infamous Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys, all whilst listening to the 45-piece orchestra.
Desserts by Lenôtre
When it comes to dining, your food will be just as surprising, as it is delightful. The gourmet menus – which have an ever-increasing variety of choice – unavoidably accompanied by champagne, are interspersed with desserts signed by Lenôtre, the famous French Patissier. A lesson in how to add the cherry on the cake of an unforgettable evening.
The Lido de Paris was in fact the first cabaret to introduce the concept of a ‘dîner-spectacle’ (dinner and show), which has since been copied the world over. But, when it comes to the French capital, the dîner-spectacle has the ability to glorify the performance itself through astounding French cuisine. The country’s prestige is therefore, both on stage and on your dinner plate!
Lido de Paris
116 bis avenue des Champs-Elysées Paris75008
Nearest Métro Station: George V