Lonely Planet City Guide – Four Days in Paris

Lonely Planet City Guide – Four Days in Paris

What’s your relationship with travel guides? Do you always buy at least one before every trip or you’d rather get information on internet through touristic agencies, blogs or catchy video on YouTube?

Or maybe sometimes you buy a guide without booking any ticket, just because the journey starts from the colored pages in your hands.

I don’t know to which category I could relate. As a booklover, paper guides attract me like pollen does with bees. And I just love having them on my shelf, like any other book (even the ones I will never read – but that’s another story). However I don’t buy a new one for every trip I take and no, I don’t belong to the crew of Lonely Planet compulsive collectors.

Indeed, the guides I have are all different and any of them has something I really like more than the others. Right now, to me, none of them is the best (and the crew above mentioned will quit this blog forever), also because I like getting information from different sources, travel blogs above all. And I keep on stubbornly searching in guides the same personality and direct communication of blogs, forums and YouTube channels.

I know, too much too ask.

Trying to keep standard parameters, I’m starting a series of guidebooks reviews, hoping to help whoever stands in front of a bookstore shelf or is looking at the chart of an e-commerce and doesn’t know if making the step forward.

Let’s start with this one


The guide I’m talking about today is the la Lonely Planet City guide,  in detail the one about Paris.

Flight and hotel booked, me and my travel mate soon realize we didn’t have anytime to plan our four days itinerary in Paris in the following 2 months.

I know, sounds unbelievable, but it was real.

We needed something compact, informative and, most of all, independent from internet connection and battery. So I decided to buy this Lonely Planet City Guide, perfect fitting any bag, not heavy and with a pull-out map of the city centre and the metro lines.

The catalog of this guide series counts lots of cities and the Lonely Planet is producing more and more. So, if you take into consideration the idea of buying one, but you can’t or don’t want to go to the bookshop to leaf it through, just keep on reading 🙂 


  • A quick description of the structure of the guide
  • What I like the most and the least


The guide is really nice and, differently from its bigger cousins, is full of pictures and very colorful. All the sections are obviously reported in a index with a legend and referring pages.

The guide opens out to general basic information (the best period to visit the city, budget to consider, public transport, climate…) deepened later in the final section “survival guide”.

Then, splits into neighborhood/areas descriptions, reporting sights, eating and drinking advices. Each of these sections is accessorized with a specific map where you can find the icons (thus the address) of every site suggested in the following pages.

Neighborhood map

Third section is devoted to the best of Paris: best walks, museums, Paris for kids, gay-friendly spots, etc…

Last chapter is the “Survival Guide”: how to move to and from airports, emergency numbers, touristic offices, dos and don’ts, french basic vocabulary and more. Essential.

The best of Paris

PROs and CONs

What I liked the most?

First of all the pull-out map. It is limited to the city centre, but its strength was the metromap, way easier to use than the one distributed in the metro stations. We basically got around the city only through it.

The neighborhood sections resulted also fundamental for last minute planning. Every night, me and my friend could decide very easily where to go the day after thanks to the concrete visualizations of the areas and what they offered. Moreover the sections are full of tips about tickets, opening hours etc…

The metro map

What I disliked?

My overall opinion about this guide is very positive, However, if I would make a comment, that would be regarding the choice of the restaurants. I know that talking about “low-cost” in Paris is a real challenge, but I would have mentioned some locals for travellers on a budget. 


I totally reccomend this guide unreservedly if you look for something not bulky and essential but also rich of information especially regarding the main attractions. You could always add some notes taken from internet regarding less touristic spots and locals advices.

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