Ma Vie à Paris, English Version Astier de Villatte - 7.2 in x 5.3 in x 1.2 in

Embodying Parisian taste, the most obvious advantage of this unusual guide is its physical appearance: with gilded edges, it looks deceptively like a hefty novel. Which allows the reader to avoid being seen as an irksome tourist, however chic the surroundings may be. With regards to content, Ma Vie à Paris lives up to its name: it is a practical guide created by a team that knows Paris inside out. Benoît and Ivan reveal their personal favourites, from the most expected addresses to the most secret and unusual. With little details and charming illustrations they marvellously describe the ambiance of the places in Paris that make them feel good. The only guide in the world to be printed traditionally.

Photo by Stephen Johnson