The Rough Guide to Paris

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Practical travel guide to Paris featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Paris. The Rough Guide to Paris also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Paris, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Paris covers: The Islands, The Louvre, The Champs-Elysées and around, The Grand Boulevards and passages, Beaubourg and Les Halles, the Marais, Bastille and around, the Quartier Latin, St-Germain, The Eiffel Tower quarter, Montparnasse and Southern Paris, Montmarte and Northern Paris, Canal St. Martin and La Villette, Belleville and Ménilmontant, Auteuil and Passy, The Suburbs, Day-trips from Paris, Disneyland Paris.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Paris, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in the Marais to family activities in child-friendly places, like The Centre Pompidou or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like the Eiffel Tower.


Essential pre-departure information including Paris entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Paris give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for live music, eating in brasseries and bistros, boat rides, browsing modern art.


Rough Guides' rundown of Versailles, Giverny, Belleville, Passy's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Paris, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Paris, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Paris, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Jardin du Luxembourg and the spectacular The Champs-Elysées.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Montmartre, the Quartier Latin and many more locations in Paris, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241306079
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 1/3/2018
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.0 out of 5, 7 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Great Guide Book

Reviewed on February 12, 2019
Paperback | Verified

Love the rough guides. Just wished at times sections were perhaps colour coded for ease of reference and tube maps printed the right way round! Layout could be more user friendly but perhaps that's down to personal preference. Tube stations etc should be more clearly defined ie along with said metro station a reference to how to find it on the tube map at the back of the book. The tube map at the back of the book itself should therefore have a reference guide as does london underground map to help locate tube stations. This would just make things so much easier!! Otherwise a great guide book!

Amazon Customer

Really helpful

Reviewed on January 25, 2019
Paperback | Verified

Help us see every thing we needed to see in paris

Amazon Customer

Not as good as it used to be

Reviewed on January 06, 2019
Paperback | Verified

The format of Rough Guides seems to have changed. The restaurants are now all group together rather than in the area in which they are situated. Confusingly the restaurants are still shown on the area maps but there is no page reference for the descriptions meaning I had to write this in for all the areas we visited.
The list of the top things to do in Paris seemed very idiosyncratic- unless you have seen all of Paris I would not recommend a trip out to Chateau Malmaison - how that could possibly make it into the top 20 of a fabulous city like Paris is bizarre. Maybe one for top 20 errors in top 20’s ;-).

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