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Paris Pocket Guide

Images Of Paris

One of the first things you notice when you walk around Paris is this: the French capital is just as you imagine it. Parisians lounge outside cafés drinking coffee, budding artists sketch whatever passes them into their sketch pads, and everywhere you look is another building which causes an immediate reaction to grab for your camera. Some of the world's best museums can be found here, the list of instantly recognisable landmarks is a lengthy one, and the nightlife is electric to say the least. But one of the French capital's best attributes is that when you want to do nothing but sit back and relax, it's hard to think of a better city in the world to people watch.


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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Paris.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Paris... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Paris.

Paris City Reviews

  • 40%

    cathygl0062351

    Paris

    I got stuck in Paris while waiting for my interrail pass to arrive, but it wasn't really a problem because there is so much to do here. A lot of the famous sights are free if you're from Europe and under 26, even things like Versailles and the Louvre. I couldn't get the hang of the metro, and it gets expensive quickly if you use it often. Luckily most of the sights are close together - except the eiffel tower and Versailles. I didn't go out so I don't know about the nightlife.

    Insider Tip:If you're under 26 and part of the EU, you don't actually need a ticket for the louvre or versailles. You can just show your ID and get in. If you're using the metro, buy a book of tickets. And if all else fails, just go to a park; there are a lot of them and they're almost all beautifully done. Oh and Shakespeare and Company has a library, where you can sit and read if it all gets a bit hectic. :)

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Paris

    Pretty expensive city but worth every penny. Paris is magical with a lot of things to do and to see. The Louvre, la Tour Eiffel... les macarons.. tout! However, be careful.. it isnt pretty safe so... watch out!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Very touristy, pricey, and packed but must-see nevertheless.

    Paris is a whirlwind and hogepodge of different cuisines, music traditions, cultures and artistic elements. You'll see shwarma places all over. Cafes, brasseries, and small boulangeries/patisseries are literally on every single street with few exceptions. I loved the city for its ability to exploit its own stereotypes (think crepes, scarves, wine picnics, fashion) and yet offer me a modern French city full of diversity and problems. I'd go back at least once more.

    Insider Tip:Hit the petit grec (look it up on trip advisor) the portions are unfinishable and well-worth the wait in terms of packed flavour and quality of ingredients. These guys don't mess about. Also, if you're there a friday, sat, or sun (or stat. holiday) and 25 or under pick up a day pass for about 3 euros and change. Trust me. As per the eiffel tower, go later in the evening just before sun down and walk up the stairs (4 euros) you can come back down the elevator. It's a good workout and it's manageable.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Paris is worthy

    I've been to countless cities in the U.S. and a few others internationally and I think Paris is the best of the bunch. There's so much to see and do, and there's beauty at every turn. It's a pretty clean city as well, and the Metro is easy. Don't be initimiated by the large train stations; people will help guide you. My favorites are the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. I absolutely love the cobblestone streets and alleys around St. Michel and Montmartre, and the city parks are excellent.

    Insider Tip:Try to plan at least 5 hours to tour the Louvre and make sure you get a map before going so you can plan your route. The best food opportunities are on the first floor.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Amazing history

    The city of Paris is awesome in terms of its historical attractions, however as a youngish woman, I constantly felt threatened on the streets with men always groping and making inappropriate comments.

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