How Much Should I Tip in Paris?

How Much Should I Tip in Paris?

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Tipping in France

Tips are expected in America, but what about in France?

Given the frequency of this question we thought it would be helpful to breakdown a few scenarios you are likely to encounter while travelling. Contact us if you have any further questions or would like us to help plan your trip. AmericanConcierge.com has helped hundreds of people make the most of their time in Paris and we look forward to helping you as well.

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Restaurants

The service charge is included in the price; however, additional 10% should be given for excellent service.

Waiters in France are paid a living wage and this is done in part by having a service charge included on the bill. Even though you have no obligation to leave a tip, it is common for diners to tip 10%+ as a gesture of kindness and also based on service.

Cafés

It is common to leave the change.

After having a drink people often leave the change. A common example might be purchasing a latte and snack for 4.75€ then simply leaving the .25€. If, on the other hand, your bill comes to 2.30€, you can simply leave an extra .10€ -.20€. The rule of thumb is if you can’t make the amount whole when you include tip, then just leave an extra and take the change.

Bars

Similar to the US, tip per drink, not by total bill

Just like in the United States, when you’re visiting France it’s common to tip based on the number of drinks. In the US for example, most people follow the $1 per drink and it’s the same in France. Higher end establishments where the drinks are 15€ or 20€ you might consider 2€ tip per drink.

Taxi

Small tips (5%) are common but not expected; tips should be given for great service

Similar to how you will tip at restaurants, taxis expect tips around 10%+ when they give great service. Did the driver help you with your bags? Did they point and described historic sights? Did they share general local knowledge about the city or area where you are staying? These are all questions you can ask to determine where on the 10-15% scale you should tip. If the answer is “no” to all of these questions than 5% is more than enough.

Tour and Private Guides

Tips are not expected but a 5-10% tip is common

Group and private tours are the best way to explore the City of Lights. If you want to take it a step further, companies like AmericanConcierge.com provide a wide range of unique private experiences. For group tours tips are not expected but it is common to give the guide 5-10€ depending on the number of people in your party. For private tours it’s more common to give 5-10% which typically works out to 10-20€ per tour. If you’re a larger group, consider tipping more.

Coat Check

Coat check tips are customary in nice restaurants

Similar to the United States, a tip of 1€ per coat is generally expected. If there is not a designated coat check and the waiter helps you with your coat a tip isn’t necessary but this helpfulness should be considered when tipping at the end of your meal.

Porter

It is not expected but appreciated to tip 1-2€ per bag.

Doorman

It is not expected but appreciated to tip 1-2€ if they help you get a taxi or something similar.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Some of this so-called guidance is bogus and should be ignored. Check the menu on any Parisian restaurant. At the bottom appears, “Service Compris.” That means service is included in the price of the meal, no tip is expected nor needed. Adding another 10-20% accomplishes nothing but lightening your wallet and confirming the opinion that Americans are gullible marks, easily intimidated. Restaurant tipping is out of control in the US, let’s not start the same madness in Paris.
    Likewise, why tip at the bar? The bartender is a pro, compensated by the mangement for doing his job, you are paying through the price of the drinks. Even more ridiculous is the idea of doubling the tip when the drink is more expensive. It takes the same effort by the mixologist no matter what the retail price is.
    Stop the tipping insanity, let people do their job and draw their salary. Don’t import American nonsense to France.

  2. As above, visitors should show enough respect for the French way of doing things to follow their customs. It is the equivalent of saying “how much is that in American dollars”. Tipping is rarely done in France and when visiting we should follow of the same etiquette.

  3. Sorry to say that your tip recommendation is misleading about restaurants and cafes. Waiters in France have low wage basic pay, but the 12 percent service charge which is included in the bill goes to them. French waiter work long hours and hard, but they make a good living. 10 percent tip to add for a meal is too much. A regular price meal, if happy one can leave a couple of euros. More expensive five eusos, then 10 and more in a star restaurant. France is not like the U.S, no need to tip the regular 12 included plus lots more wchich would end to be a 20 per cent if we follow what you recommend…..

    The asks for the article anyway…., L.

  4. Has Bonjour Paris really deleted critical posts by myself and author Ed Cobleigh?
    This is a “sponsored content” so if you don’t wish it to be subject to valid criticism then you shouldn’t allow comments. Better still, don’t run such contentious “stories” like this.

    If BP removed our comments in response to the sponsor then shame on you.

    Here is another reason to outlaw tipping:
    https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/11/sexual-harassment-and-tipped-wage-workers/546314/
    Why Sexual Harassment Rates Are So High in the Restaurant Industry
    Lauren Kaori Gurley, Nov 2017

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