Whether you’re looking for a something traditional or one with a more specific, personal take there is no shortage on the latest guidebooks available in stores right now. Today for Paris Month, I’ll give you a quick rundown on two that are sure to help you discover what you’re looking for in the City of Light.
For the more traditional fare…
Lonely Planet’s Discover Paris (2017 edition)
With 40 years of experience leading travelers all around the globe, the Lonely Planet’s travel experts seek out the best experiences and receive no compensation from the businesses that they give positive accounts for. Updated to ensure the most current information is included, this 2017 edition not only contains two fold-out maps (one regular city map, one “highlights” map) but also a calendar of events that are happening in Paris that year to help you plan your trip.
Discover Paris includes sections on helping you plan your trip, top experiences with helpful tips and sights to see as well as a guide to all the delicious food in different areas. I enjoy the self-guided walking tour information that is provided with this book. While the sheer amount of information in this guidebook may be overwhelming, it is straightforward to understand and great for travelers who like to plan out their vacation itinerary.
For those who want to discover the hidden gems…
300 Reasons to Love Paris by Judith Ritchie
Judith Ritchie, founder of JolieSoul, was formerly the Beauty editor-in-chief at Elle Quebec before moving to Paris in 2009 to head the beauty section at L’Officiel Paris for 4 years. In her book, Ritchie shares the many reasons she loves Paris from local restaurants to chic boutiques.
The style of this book feels very personal, with illustrated maps and sections separated in arrondissements. This is not a book full of tourist landmarks. The Eiffel Tower isn’t even one of the 300 reasons! (Which, in all honesty, I’m both surprised and not surprised about). Ritchie’s book is for those who want to discover the hidden gems of this beautiful city. It would also be an interesting read for those who just love Paris, like myself, and not necessarily planning a trip there in the near future.
Which kind of traveler are you? The one who likes to plan and check off all the major sights, or the one that wants to venture off and discover the local hotspots?