Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tipping in Paris Restaurants

One of the more confusing aspect of eating in Paris is how much to tip. I have been told that "service" in included at some restaurants and not at others, at their discretion, so I always end up having to ask awkward questions (made even more awkward by the fact I don't speak French).

I Prefer Paris has cleared this up for me with his blog post today:

So here is the the simple truth about tipping in Paris and the rest of France: A 15% tip is ALWAYS included in your bill, regardless of what the waiter or anyone else says. Again, it's a French law that the tip is included. If they say it's not included, they are lying and trying to rip you off. If you are charging a meal, notice there is no tip box on the credit card receipt. It's because the tip is included.

With that said, it is customary to leave a 3 to 5% gratuity in cash on the table. For instance, if you have a lunch that costs 20 euros, you should leave a one euro or 75 centimes gratuity. For a coffee, leave 25 centimes.

So there.

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