$$$$ = 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.