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

  • 60%


    Not worth it

    Paris was probably the worst city Ivisited during my eurotrip this summer. It was crowded by tourists and had thieves wandering around the streets both day and night. It is also, as you can imagine, very expensive. To me it is one of those cities you go to once to see it, and then that's it.

  • 90%



    Paris was so wonderful! The people are nice and very accommodating of English-speakers! The city has so much to offer and there is so much to do, I just wish it wasn't so expensive!

  • 80%


    Just go!

    Everywhere I went in Europe, people slammed Paris. But I adored it. I didn't have much time, so I squeezed Versailles, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, etc., into a couple days. Maybe I didn't spend enough time to dislike it? Anyway, I found the people friendly (and English-friendly, luckily), the city beautiful, and the atmosphere lovely.

    Insider Tip:Go see the Eiffel Tower at night. From 10pm on, it sparkles every half hour or so. Get to the Arc de Triomphe before it closes, watch the sunset over Paris and the Eiffel Tower, then walk to the tower to see it lit up. EU students get in EVERYWHERE for free... And Notre Dame is free for all.

  • 60%


    Walk, baby, walk

    This is the only way to get a sense of a city like Paris. Bring comfortable shoes and walk around as much as you can. Otherwise, this is just a city of expensive museums and lots of shopping.

  • 40%


    Luckily it was cheap

    I wasn't really unhappy with it, but it wasn't anything wonderful. For a cheap price it's okay. Easy enough to get to, 30 mins from Paris center. If u book, buy a multi day pass for trains. You take more than 2 trips (which u should to get around Paris). They give comfy bathrobes, just no shower curtains and no frills. My main grip (which isn't a huge deal) is that I asked for no maid service and there was. I had to make my own do not disturb sign. I thing in the town is open past 10ish.

    Insider Tip:Brin food and get multi day ticket. The store before the train has amazing rotisserie chicken!!'

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