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Is it customary to tip at a french cafe?

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2009-12-17 12:59:50

You can but it's not obligatory. If you are served directly at

the bar, rather than sitting down at a table, it's less expensive.

This because a serveur or serveuse has to come and serve you - the

service charge is included. You also pay more when you sit outside

on the pavement (à la terrace), or past a certain hour towards the

end of the evening. If you wish to smoke, you must be served

outside. They will always present you with a small plastic or glass

saucer to place your payment on (often with a receipt) and once you

have paid - with or without the tip - the serveur/serveuse will

turn it over to show that you drink has been paid for.

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