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Favorite Paris Guide Books

Since moving to Paris we have accumulated a very large collection of guide books.   We have tried and tested quite a few books by now and below is a list of our favorite Paris guide books.

It 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.

If 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 purse.

If you plan on traveling around France then we would also recommend DK Eyewitness Travel France.  We have had some amazing holidays in France by visiting some of the areas from this guide book and have never been disappointed with their suggestions.

#2 Michelin 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.

#3 Clotilde's 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.

#4 The 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.

Other Guide Books

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 card.

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.