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Pigalle is an area in Paris around the Place Pigalle, on the border between the ninth and eighteenth arrondissements, which takes its name from the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714-1785). The tourist area is known to be the district sexi shops, but in recent years there has been a transformation that is making the neighborhood more and more trendy, with organic shops, sought after specialty food shops, ateliers.
The sex shops are concentrated in the Place Pigalle and the main boulevards. The licentious reputation of the neighborhood led, during the Second World War, the nickname Pig Alley (Alley of pigs, in English), part of the Allied soldiers who went there in search of fun.
The area to the south of Place Pigalle, on the other hand, is shaping up as one of the “beating heart” of Paris, thanks to the choice of many young couples who choose to live in the old neighborhood, where the buildings often hide courtyards and quiet open spaces for children. The atmosphere is lively and genuine. Well-known in this area are Rue de Martyrs, with its cafes, pastry shops and tea rooms, and Rue de Douai, dedicated to the sale of musical instruments and equipment, especially guitars, drums, and musical accessories.
To see the Musée de la Vie Romantique and the Musée Gustave-Moreau. In this neighborhood have lived and worked artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso and Maurice Neumont. You can see the works of Salvador Dalí in nearby Espace Dalí in Montmartre.
Pigalle is a well known place for tourists who want to experience “Paris by night”. There you will find some of the most famous cabaret in Paris (the “Moulin Rouge,” for example, was immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec and some Hollywood movies), or other local shows with topless or nude male and female. In addition to the many local historic red light, Pigalle is home to a large concentration of businesses that sell materials for adults. Many of these also exhibit the merchandise on display. Among them, “La Princesse sur le petit pois” (The Princess and the Pea), the largest exercise in the world dedicated exclusively to the sale of vibrators, dildos and dildos of all shapes and sizes.
Place Pigalle and the surrounding area can be reached by lines 2 and 12 of the Métro and several bus lines 30 and 54 from Gare du Nord and Gare de l’est; 67 from the city center (Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville). Also in the square is the terminus of the Montmartrobus, a tourist line in the service of the Montmartre area.