Paris Guide Books
moving to Paris we have accumulated a very large collection of guide
books. We have tried and tested quite a few books
and below is a list of our favorite Paris guide books.
will be cheaper if you purchase the books before your visit and it's
always good to have done a little research before you arrive.
you have a favorite guide book that you would like to add to this list
please let us know.
#1 DK Eyewitness
Travel Guide Paris
Our favorite general guide
books are the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. They are easy to
follow, tones of great photos, neighborhood maps and fun
interesting history facts. The big guide is obviously the
best but the little mini guide is very handy to keep in your pocket or
If you plan on traveling around France then we would also recommend DK
Eyewitness Travel France. We have had some
in France by visiting some of the areas from this guide book and have
never been disappointed with their suggestions.
Green Guide Paris
If you're more serious
about history, art or architecture then you
can't beat the Michelin Green Guide. Michelin rate the
attractions with a * system - *** is the highest and indicates the not
to miss monuments. Michelin also does an excellent
job recommending neighborhood cafes and restaurants.
Edible Adventures in Paris
One of the best
parts of visiting Paris is obviously the
cafes, bakeries, bistros and wine bars. If you enjoy food
then grab a copy of this little book and let Clotilde Dusoulier, a
native Parisian, guide you to some the best spots in town.
Fun, friendly and not stuffy this book does a great job leading you to
some famous and not so famous Paris treats.
Patisseries of Paris by Jamie Cahill
There is only so much
pastry you can eat in your trip to Paris so be
sure not to waste the calories on just any bakery. This guide
book will lead you to the best pastry chefs, chocolate shops, tea
rooms, cafe's and gourmet grocery stores in Paris.
We've tried the "City Walks" and "City Walks with kids" which are a
sets of 50 cards with different adventures on each card. I
think it's a great concept but I find the cards just lacking in
information. There is just too much info to get on one small
We've also tried several of the "Time Out" guides but they just don't
work as well for us. We find the layout confusing but maybe
they are created more for the younger tourist (twenty
something). They do a better job than the other guide books
at the "shopping" and "bars" sections.