Frequently asked questions

Tipping? How late can you dine out?… Everything you need to know before going out for lunch or dinner in Paris.

Nearly all restaurants accept credit cards: Visa, EuroCard, MasterCard, American Express. Please make sure before ordering your meal. At each transaction, the restaurant must give you a receipt which you should keep safely.

Only cheques drawn on French banks will be accepted and generally proof of identity is requested.

You can also pay in euros of course, although it is best to avoid the larger denomination banknotes.

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If you sit outside on the pavement or terrace, prices will inevitably be higher. The difference varies according to the place, but the establishment is obliged to display their prices, both those at the counter (“comptoir”) or at an outside table (“terrasse”).

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In France all prices include service and taxes, with approximately 15% of the price corresponding to the service. However, if the waiter or waitress has been especially attentive, you can leave him or her a tip to show your appreciation. Around 5 to 10% of the bill is usual.

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 Cafés, bars and pubs in Paris