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

  • 70%



    Paris is everything people say about it. Filled with culture and history you will never be bored during the day and an exciting nightlife keeps you entertained as well.

    Insider Tip:I had the privilege of being there for Bastille day, versatile gardens were free the night of the 13th and the Louvre was free on the 14th. Taking advantage of this saved me some money while still hitting two of the major spots.

  • 90%


    I mean it's Paris...

    Amazing site-seeing. If you try to experience the authentic nightlife though good luck, the bouncers/locals aren't too keen on non-Parisians.

    Insider Tip:Hit up the hot spots - Louvre, Versailles, etc. Don't expect to be welcomed into the local nightlife though.

  • 60%


    Once is enough

    Paris is expensive. French is a language that is nearly impossible to master. I have been to Paris twice, once in college and once as a real adult. It's awesome to see the sights, but once is enough. Paris can be charming and enchanting, with a side of headache and stink.

    Insider Tip:Spend the whole day at the Louvre. You won't regret it.

  • 90%


    $$$$ = Worth It!

    Paris is what you make of it. There is so much history and culture, one can get lost in it all and never want to come home. Like any city worth calling a city, there are grungy areas and neighborhoods to avoid at night. But there are also just as many upscale shops and trendy market streets, and lots and lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from, everywhere. And of course, endless masterpieces of art and architecture throughout the city. Walk don't drive. Find a park/cafe. Breathe & relax.

    Insider Tip:It's easy to spend all your money here. The good thing is you know you're guaranteed quality, it's just a matter of price. Go cheap on accommodation. Go big on the food and museums. A baguette, cheese, sliced meat and a bottle of wine can all be found for under 10 euros in the markets/grocery stores, and bakeries/cafes are a cheap traveler's dream. A croissant & coffee will come under 3. Avoid places with english menus packed with tourists if you want a real experience.

  • 80%



    I've been to Paris three times now and each time has been different. I feel you definitely need to make use of their subway system. It can take you anywhere. Also, you have to check out the main spots, but don't forget walking from the Lourve to Notre Dame or the Louvre to the Arc is a nice and relaxing walk through the city. Take time to experience the beauty.

    Insider Tip:I prefer the nightlife in the Latin Quarter. Lots of bars and great dinner spots for good prices. The stop I usually take is Odeon and than get lost in a few of the small streets nearby. Also, beware in taking a taxi from the train station if you use Euro Star from London. The line is crazy long to get a normal taxi, as is the line to use the subway to purchase a ticket. Have Euro coins available if planning to use the subway. Also, beware of the taxi drivers who will approach you to avoid waiting in line.

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