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Where can I buy a guide book in Paris?

I ordered my Rick Steves Paris guide but it hasn't arrived and I depart on Sunday! I'm living in Scotland and Rick's guides aren't sold in bookstores here. Do you know if I can buy a Paris guide book in Paris?

Posted by
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Look under "general Europe" on this board---there are a bunch of answers to this question there----maybe ten messages down? W.H. Smith on Rue de Rivoli, just down from the Louvre, is a large English language bookstore.

Posted by
506 posts

Jo Ann -

You could supplement with an Eyewitness book which should be available locally.
Here in Paris I have not been able to purchase a RS book. However at Place de Concorde there is a WH Smith shop which will have guides. I am assuming that you do not speak French.

Another option is to print some of the guides listed here on the website too.

Posted by
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Go to the Home page of this website. Check under 'Plan your trip' then check under France. you can download alot of his walks etc that are in the book and just carry those with you. Includes maps etc. I did just that for the Versailles portion this morning.
Hope this helps.

Posted by
852 posts

Jo Ann, the above link is to Tom's Guide to Paris. It's self-explanatory.

As respects buying a Paris guide book in Paris, go to Shakespeare & Company (just across the river Seine from Notre Dame). The bookstore specializes in English language. Huge selection. This company once published James Joyce "Ulysses" when no other publisher would touch it...

Other than the above, you might find at your Public Library (or at a local bookseller) the well-known PARISWALKS, a guide written by Alison and Sonia Landes, who are Paris residents. I have the revised edition printed in 1999. It guides you on seven (7) walks of oldé Paris. Also, there's information on cafés, restaurants and hôtels.

bon voyage et appétit! P