The Best Travel Guide to Paris, France

Discover Paris Like a Local: An Expertly Curated Online Travel Guide to the Best Bars, Restaurants, and Hidden Gems in the City of Lights

Jay and his friend Jennica celebrating on the terrace of le Tambour in the second arrondissementJay and his friend Jennica celebrating on the terrace of le Tambour in the second arrondissement

"I picked up several guides on Paris over the last couple of months... Yours, 'Paris In My Pocket' is the best! I don't even look at the others anymore."

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The Eiffel Tower as seen down a long street in the 7ème arrondissement, its home district
The view of the Eiffel Tower from the top of the stairs next to Palais de Tokyo
Jean Yves le Chef talking about his passion for food in his atelier Frenchy Taste
Sacre Coeur on a bright sunny day, sitting on the hill above some admiring tourists and the carousel to their left.
The Arc de Triomphe at winter dusk, streetlights on, trees bare of leaves.

Paris off the Beaten Path

My guide to Paris has 350+ recommendations of the bars, restaurants, sites, and experiences all over Paris that I genuinely love. Carry a decade of on-the-ground, Parisian knowledge in your pocket with my guide to Paris.

Cover from Jay Swanson's Paris in my Pocket 2023

Tips & Local Tricks

Whether you want to skip lines at the Louve, avoid scams at The Eiffel Tower, or get a Europen SIM card for your phone, I share a wealth of local information sourced from years of experience.

The 1st Arrondissement of Paris first page in Jay Swanson's Paris in my Pocket guide

Neighborhood by Neighborhood

Recommendations for food, drinks, views, and more - all broken down by Parisian Arrondissement (district).

Where should I stay in Paris? The first page on that section from Jay's guide

Know where to Stay

I provide a long list of recommended areas and places to stay based on nearby businesses and attractions.

Explore Paris with Confidence: A guide packed with a decade of local insights, hundreds of top recommendations, and backed by thousands of satisfied customers. Constantly updated for the ultimate Parisian adventure!

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The best guide to Paris

Unlock Paris's best-kept secrets with 'Paris in my Pocket' by me, Jay Swanson. Benefit from over a decade of my local expertise, uncovering the finest Parisian eateries, must-visit bars, and hidden gems. This online guide ensures you savor the true essence of Paris. See the glowing reviews from countless satisfied travelers below:

Tourists with umbrellas looking at the Pyramids of the Louvre on a rainy day.Tourists with umbrellas looking at the Pyramids of the Louvre on a rainy day.

Don’t Let Paris Spoil Paris

I know Paris and Parisians don’t always have the best reputation, but I think that’s just because people often start off on the wrong foot in the wrong place. There are so many phenomenal sites to visit, restaurants to try, and bars to drink at all across the city - my goal is to help you find as many as you like and have the best trip to Paris possible. Right from the start. And believe it or not, with just a few phrases and a bit of cultural awareness up your sleeve, Parisians can be downright delightful. The best memories of local Paris are yours for the taking - IF you know what you're looking for. My guide shows you the way.

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Enjoy getting off the beaten path? Exploring food-first? I make a limited number of bespoke itineraries every month - let me take the stress out of planning and put you on auto-pilot for a couple of days.

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