Best Paris Guide books and Travel Guides

Visiting Paris can be more than a bit overwhelming. It is not just the hustle and bustle of a busy European city. There are lots of fellow tourists, things work differently than what we are used to and there is an immense number of different activities to choose from. With large crowds and too many options availabe, you will have to make choices. We highly recommend properly planning your visit to the French capital. The travel books and travel guides in this post are here to help you on your way. We have hand picked all of these books!

Paris Europe’s busiest travel destinations. It is also a city that has become known for overtourism. Over the last 10 years, we have visited the French capital on multiple occasions. We know the city very well and know where to go and what to avoid. These guide books help you get around Paris. 

We are a big fan of Lonely Planet! We use Lonely Planet Travel Guides for basically every destination that we visit. This Lonely Planet Pocket Paris is a smaller edition and is purely focused on the French capital. The book comes with full colour maps, highlights, itineraries and what we like the most about the entire Lonely Planet series: reviews for eating, drinking, hidden gems and going out. All Lonely Planet books from the Pocket series are easy-to-use and -unsurprisingly- fit in your pocket. These books are small enough to handle with ease but big enough to contain all the essential tips and tricks for your perfect trip to Paris.

If you need a bit more than just the pocket edition, you can also go for the traditional Lonely Planet guide. This book comes with the colour maps, highlights and itineraries that we are used to from our favourite travel book brand. What is especially useful about Lonely Planet are the reviews for different budgets. The book covers all major areas of Paris.

When we travel, our Fitbit will register well beyond 20,000 to 30,000 steps per day. We are the kind of tourists that simply walk everywhere. Paris is made for walking and this book by Moon, tells us exactly where to walk to. The book has different walking routes for each of Paris’s neighbourhoods (arrondisements). The book comes with detailed maps, tips on where to eat and drink as well as smart ways to avoid crowds. The book is printed in a handy format so you can take it on your walks through the city.

Rick Steves is a famous American travel author and TV personality. Steves has published strong and useful travel books for many destinations in Europe. This travel guide for Paris is most definitely not an exception. The book is written for travellers that stay a week or longer in Paris. It includes Steves’ ‘strategic advice’ on how to best spend your time and money during your stay in the capital of France. It also has an overview of top sights and hidden gems. Some of those tips even include leaving the lagoon for a quick trip just outside the city. Each book by Rick Steves also comes with a chapter on how to beat the crowds, skip the lines and avoid tourists traps, which we absolutely recommend reading upon. Although the book is written with an American audience in mind, it doesn’t matter where you are from, you will find this book both entertaining and useful.

Fodor’s Paris 2020 Travel Guide is full of information provided by local Parisians. The book has itineraries for all types for travelers and comes with handy recommendations, detailed maps of Paris and so much more. Amazon writes ‘Whether you want to walk to the top of the Eiffel Tower, explore the Louvre, or stroll down the Champs-Élysées, this user-friendly guidebook will help you plan it all out’.

By reading up on history of our travel destinations we can better understand the behaviour of those living in the places that we visit. Every place that we visit has its own unique history. Paris has a long and rich history. With this book you can literally walk through Paris’ history. 

In all our overviews of travel guides, we include a travel book that is made for children. This Paris Kid’s Travel Guide is easy to use for children and will be really entertaining for kids making the life of parents much easier, even on longer trips. The book will help making the trip to Paris fun, easy and entertaining for you and the kids.

Over the years, more and more people started traveling and overtourism became a growing issue. Although the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to change our travel behavior for now, we believe that we will travel again and that the return of crowds is inevitable. This book helps you to Avoid Crowds and is your guide on what (not) to do when it’s busy. The book includes a special chapter on traveling during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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