Scandalous Paris – Brothels, boudoirs and courtesans


Travel back in time, and explore the scandalous side of Paris on a fun and original walking tour. From the Palais Royal to South Pigalle, your guide will tell you risqué stories and anecdotes that feature a cast of sensual and glamorous characters.

You will discover some of the most notorious and luxurious brothels of the Belle Époque and early 20th Century and will learn how these places operated. The tour will finish at an exquisite former maison close decorated in velvet, where you’ll sip a cocktail and soak up the early 20th Century atmosphere.
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    Why you'll love this

  • Discover Paris’ history through its 19th and 20th Centuries erotic themed stories
  • Travel back in time and meet a series of star courtesans, renowned artists and celebrities
  • Understand how Paris became the capital of love and pleasure
  • Take an off-the- beaten-track route through the historical 2nd and 9th arrondissements

    What's included

  • A complementary cocktail in a former brothel in Pigalle
  • A collection of taboo stories and an entertaining walking tour of Paris
  • Tips on the most sensual Paris hangouts of today

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Knowing Paris inside-out comes with years of exploring, but above all a passion for discovering all the magic that a city has to offer. Our city guides are selected for their insatiable love for Paris, and their desire to share it with our visitors. Leaving no stone unturned, our guides are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that those who explore with them get to discover the Paris that truly makes them tick.


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Last reviewed: September 07 2021
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  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Group Tour

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    8 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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The itinerary

You’ll meet your guide at the very elegant Place Colette, named after one of the most famous sensual themed authors in literature. She will be the first of a long list of many intriguing and scandalous figures that you will learn about on this tour.

Our off-the-beaten track itinerary will include the Palais Royal, some of the most beautiful Parisian 19th Century Covered Passages, and a walk through the little known 9th arrondissement. From Napoleon Bonaparte to Toulouse Lautrec, you will travel back in time to meet some of the most scandalous characters who gave Paris its racy reputation.

Did you know that at the authorized brothels' peak period, there were more than 200 establishments and 150 000 registered filles de joie ? How could you recognize a maison close ? What were the rules inside these brothels and who were the famed Belle Époque painters that depicted life here ? Who were the most well-known courtesans or cocottes ? These are some of the fun facts you’ll learn with your guide on this tour.

Your tour will finish at the sulphurous Pigalle red-district area, where you will stop for a cocktail at an elegant former brothel. If you haven’t had enough, feel free to explore further with a visit to the bohemian Montmartre district.

Please note that due to the walking distance (around 3 miles) and the high walking pace, we do not recommend this tour for families with young children or for people with walking difficulties. We can however adapt the itinerary as part of a private tour. Please contact our customer service team, only note that privatizing your tour will incur an additional fee.

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