Rick Steves is my go-to source for travel info! For me, his books are just the right mix of important info, advice, culture, history, and humor, all in a user-friendly format. If you’re spending a week or more in Paris, get the dedicated Paris guide. It has the most comprehensive info on where to stay, eat, and visit, along with walk-through tours of main sites and suggested walking routes. As Rick says, it’s a $15-20 tool for a $3000+ experience!
I own several editions, but I always buy the current year’s edition for each trip. It might seem redundant, but popular sites frequently close for renovation, hotels/restaurants may close or change management, etc. Best to be prepared with up-to-date info.
Many sites offer a discount when you show them your Rick Steves book. For example, we saved 2 euro per person on our Paris bike tour. With nearly $8 savings, it almost paid for the book! There are offers for restaurants and other activities, too.
Planning to day-trip from Paris? Tips for popular side trips include: Giverny (Monet’s gardens), Disneyland Paris, Versailles, etc. Click the product image for more info.
If you’ll be visiting Paris for only a couple days before moving on to another region of France, then just get the France book. It has enough of Paris to cover a short visit (condensed from the Paris book), plus healthy chapters for the other main regions of France. I’m so glad I bought this one for my 2013 trip to Paris and Normandy, as it was extremely helpful. Especially since I experimented with traveling “on the fly” with few reservations made in advance.