Here is a short list of the guidebooks that are on my shelf. Some are written by moi, some written by trusted colleagues, and some are just well-written guides I like.
- Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City BY HEATHER STIMMLER-HALL
Why yes, I am recommending my own guide! This is the guide that the “Sex in the City” ladies would read if they came to Paris, but it’s also perfect for men who are planning a surprise trip to Paris for their lady. You can buy it here on Amazon or directly from me.
- Fodor’s Paris 2010 (Full-Color Gold Guides) BY FODOR’S
I update the Hotels section of this guide each year, and I know most of the other authors who write for this guide. Always up-to-date!
- Michelin the Green Guide Paris (Michelin Green Guides)BY HEATHER STIMMLER-HALL
I updated the latest version of the Michelin Green Guide, known for their detailed info on churches, museums, and historical contexts. Great maps!
- Time Out Paris (Time Out Guides)BY TIME OUT
I haven’t written for Time Out since the 13th edition, but I always like their arts, dining, nightlife, and sports sections. Always written by savvy locals.
- Fodor’s Guide to The Da Vinci Code: On the Trail of the Bestselling Novel by FODOR’S
I wrote the Paris travel section of this popular guide. Has the Da Vinci Code madness tapered off yet? Heck non!
- Paris EveryMan MapGuide 2007 (Everyman MapGuides)by EVERYMAN GUIDES
This publisher makes great maps. Even after living in Paris for more than a decade, I find I still need good maps!
- Atlas routiers : Plan de Paris par arrondissement – Avec encoches BY ATLAS INDISPENSABLE
This is what I actually carry around in my purse every day. Better than any silly accordion map!
- Paris Revisited: The Guide for the Return Traveler BY GARY LEE KRAUT
I remember the first time I saw this guidebook I immediately wished I had written it. Gary is a great guidebook writer and knows Paris inside and out! Hats off to him for publishing this himself, too!
- Paris (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) BY ALAN TILLIER
DK Guides are great for the images. I love to carry them around with me on tours of the city, even if they are a tad heavy!
- Rick Steves’ Paris 2011BY RICK STEVES, STEVE SMITH, GENE OPENSHAW
If you’ve ever watched Rick Steves’ travel show on PBS, you’ll know if you’re a fan of his down-to-earth travel style or not. I would recommend his guides to anyone who is coming to France for the first time and a bit nervous about international travel in general. Wondering whether you can drink the water? Get this guide.
- Fodor’s Around Paris with Kids, 3rd Edition: 68 Great Things to Do Together (Around the City with Kids)BY FODOR’S
A lot of people ask me about traveling to Paris with kids. I have no idea, so I’m going to recommend you try this guide. It’s such a child-friendly town if you know where to go!
- LUXE Paris (LUXE City Guides )BY LUXE CITY GUIDES
This is such a stylish little guide, really just a plastified accordion that fits into your purse. The info is condensed into the minimal amount of space, with hotels, shops, dining and even nightlife — all for those arriving with the Black Amex, of course.
- Little Known Museums in and Around Paris BY RACHEL KAPLAN
Rachel Kaplan is a spitfire, and she knows Paris! This guide is perfect for those of you hoping to make the most of that Paris Museum Pass.