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Ready to savor the city? Here we'll guide you to the best guides. Let's start with this advice — a Paris tourist map is the right choice when you just want to see the sights and enjoy your time in Paris, but don't need to drill down to specific street numbers.

If that's you, read on to learn about our favorite pocket guide books and annotated Paris tourist maps.

They'll make it easy for you to have a relaxing and memorable visit to the City of Lights.

All of the books include pretty good maps to guide you to the activities they suggest.

Each guide presents its own unique itineraries, but they all concentrate on the most popular parts of Paris for visitors — basically north and south of the Seine from the Eiffel Tower in the west to the Marais in the east. And there is a lot to see and do in those areas!

If you're like us and want more details from a map or guide, don't forget to check out our street map recommendations as well.

Paris Insiders Tip

In addition to things like quality of maps, layout and advice, another consideration is the weight of a guidebook or tourist map. You don't want it too heavy if you'll be toting it around all day! We usually choose guides that weigh in under 10 ounces (300 grams), and we love those 6-ouncers (170 gms)!

Frommer's Paris Day by Day

22 Smart Ways to See the City

Frommer's Paris Day by Day

• Maps scale varies
• 184 pages
• November 2013 edition
• Good Metro map
• Includes fold-out map
• 8.6 ounces

We're usually not big fans of mainstream guide books, but this pocket guide by Frommer impressed us. It has good sections with useful suggestions on walks, the Paris gardens, full day tour ideas, and so on. The Paris tourist maps that accompany each of the suggested itineraries are surprisingly good.

However, we suggest you supplement the book's dining and lodging recommendations with the Paris Insiders Guide rrecommendations for hotels and our Paris Gourmet Food eGuide.

The front covers unfolds into a good Metro map, with a tourist map of Paris on the other side. The book also includes a small (that is, easy to handle) folded paper map as well. Updated regularly, so the information stays current.

Moon Metro Paris

Moon Metro Paris

• 204 pages
• Good Metro map
• Street index
• 10.3 ounces

At just over 10 ounces, this one's the heavyweight of the bunch, partly due to its solid construction and laminations. It features a series of nine, large laminated maps of the most popular tourist areas.

For each map there's a brief discussion of the area along with a list of sites, restaurants, and the usual guide book topics. As with most other guidebooks, we're not all that keen on their restaurant, bar and nightlife suggestions! If you want to learn about our restaurant recommendations, download our eGuide »

But, the maps are easy to read and the guide has a section with good descriptions of most of the major sites of Paris.

By the way, The "Metro" in this book title doesn't refer to the Paris Metro, it's just the title of the series.

Streewise Paris Map

Laminated City Center Map

Streewise Paris Map

• 1/14,000
• 2-sided accordion fold
• Good Metro map
• Weighs nothing!

Streewise Paris is different from most folded maps. It has an accordion fold, making it easy to use on the street or Metro. It's laminated, a real benefit, making it waterproof and tear-proof. And, there's a very good Metro map in the classic style.

The Streetwise map covers the areas of Paris where most of the tourist action is – wide strip of Paris from east to west, spanning from Jardin du Luxembourg in the south to Place de la Republique in the north. On the other side there's the north side of Paris (Parc Monceau, Montmartre and Stalingrad), and the southwest (the 16th Arrondissement).

The map is highly recommended by travelers, who consider it the ultimate tourist map of Paris. While we like it, our eyes tell us taht the scale is a bit small for easy reading.

Artwise Paris

Laminated Museum Map

Artwise Paris

• 1/14,000
• 2-sided accordion fold
• Good Metro map
• Weighs nothing!

Based on the Streetwise Paris map, Artwise Paris concentrates on things cultural like museums and art galleries, covering the city from Boulevard de Port Royal in the south to Boulevard Haussmann in the north.

The map index provide details on hours of operation, admission costs, addresses and phone numbers.

We like that the Metro stops are clearly indicated, and it also has a nice, separate Metro map.

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