Former “infamous” red-light district of Paris, Pigalle’s raunchy reputation led to its Second World War nickname of "Pig Alley" by the Allied soldiers.
Today the area to the south of Place Pigalle is devoted to the retail of musical instruments and equipment, a section of the rue de Douai consists solely of stores selling guitars, drums and musical accessories. This neighbourhood got the hippest nightlife in town. Thriving hub for emerging artists and hip culinary offerings by day and one of the best nights out in the city after dark, it is home to the young crowd at the prime of their adult youth. Then, just when you thought Pigalle was all about over-indulgence, it delivers a weighty slice of culture to keep weekend in balance. Neighbouring Montmartre may have the edge when it comes to art history, but the crowds of tourists now somewhat dampen the area’s creative appeal. Instead, the city’s BoBo (bourgeois bohemian) has migrated south, to Pigalle.
What once was encouraging the worst impulses of the human spirt, has now transitioned into a modern district which doesn’t mind to winkle at its past.