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

  • 80%


    Paris Stole my Heart

    I never expected to love Paris as much as I did. We didn't do the whole museum thing because we just really didn't wan to wait in a three hour que, but we will definitely check them out next time. Honestly we spent three days just kind of wandering the city and we found the most beautiful things and delicious food. I think getting lost in paris is actually the best way to experience it.

    Insider Tip:Get lost, speak as much French as you can, don't expect American customer service, eat local food, bring an umbrella.

  • 70%


    Fun but crowded

    Paris has a lot of sightseeings. It's a beautiful city but you get tired easily and the crowd makes you nervous.

    Insider Tip:You need a whole day for Louvre. A whole day.

  • 40%


    2 nights in Paris

    Paris was wonderful. The only real problem with scammers was in Montmartre where they actually grab at you where as near the Eiffle Tower they left you alone when you said no. Food was expensive but expected.

    Insider Tip:Remember to check opening times/days for attractions. So you don't end up walking an hour to the Louvre, in the pouring rain, to find out Tuesday is the only day its closed.

  • 80%


    Paris: The Classic Trip

    I had never been to Paris before, and as such I feel that like any large city, you cannot know it in a short time. My trip was punctuated by all the tourist hot spots. I imagine there are many layers to the Paris' culture, nightlife, and day-to-day living that I cannot begin to comment on. As for someone seeing the famous sights and enjoying some fine dining. I had a great time. It's a busy place, and there is so much to see.

    Insider Tip:The panhandlers and scammers were out in force more than anywhere else I have visited. The best tip is to shake your head and keep walking. Do not speak to them even to say "no thank you" they will take this as an invitation to try and get you to stop. a stiff shake of the head and walking away is the only thing that will get them to disengage without follow up.

  • 70%



    the best part of staying in Paris was going to the sights you've always seen on TV and holiday brochures. They are, however very spread out and the in-between parts are dirty and populous. Everything is expensive (apart from the metro, with which I was very impressed!) and there are sellers/beggars outside every shop window. To escape the bustle of the city, explore the river banks and parks as these offer a refuge for a weary traveler - Paris is beautiful in good weather but you'd be lucky!

    Insider Tip:The Shakespeare Company book shop is right opposite Notre Dame cathedral - it is a must see for any literary lover and hosts a myriad of novels and oddities.

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