"Time Out" Paris Guide ("Time Out" Guides) Paperback – 4 Apr 2002
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This tenth edition of the "Time Out guide to Paris" has been revised and updated by a Paris-based team of writers and researchers to present the French captial in all its diversity. Updated annually, it is packed with up-to-the-minute information on the city and its inhabitants. This edition of the Paris guide includes - more on Paris by area, from its historic heart to quarters in transition; the streetlife as well as sight-seeing; restaurants, bars and brasseries.
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Compiled, expanded and completely updated by local residents and Time Out staff in Paris
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There's a ton of good info. in here like:
* excellent color maps in back (I didn't need to buy a streetmap when in Paris since it has all the major parts of the city covered).
* great concise info about attractions/restaurants/clubs/etc. with a pointer to the maps in back for location (loved this feature -- great time saver and prevents you from asking for directions).
* general tips on language, currency, pitfalls of Paris (like pickpockets! This little section could save you a lot of headaches -- the Algerian kids are real and they work just as described in here! I saw two kids at work in the Anver's Metro stop near Sacre-Coeur, but I digress....)
* the Trips Out of Town section was useful, but could use more precise information about what trains to take out to certain places like Chartes.
My major critcism of "TimeOut Paris" is the way the information is organized by these sections: Context (history); Sightseeing; Eat, Drink, Shop; Arts & Entertainment; and Directory (a vauge description that doesn't really get at what that section of the book is about). Instead of tackling each section of Paris and addressing these topics by city section, you have to search around the book for info., and that's a huge waste of time.
Lastly, as another reviewer already pointed out, check out Sandra Gustafson's Great Sleeps/Eats series and read them BEFORE you book and go on your trip. The accommodation and restaurant listings are skimpy in here. I also found TimeOut's restaurant recommendations hit-and-miss: I tried a Thai place recommended that was within walking distance of my hotel and was disappointed (great hip ambiance and people watching, poor service and skimpy portions), while another brasserie recommended in Monmartre was completely wonderful in every way.
The bottomline is that no single guide book will satisfy you on every level, but be sure to supplement this book with others as well as research on the Internet (check out Lonely Planet's web site and message boards).