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Restaurant etiquette for France

France and restaurants form a kind of symbiosis. The term "restaurant" stands for different locations. Here is a small selection of where you can eat, how and what. There is something for every taste and budget.

Where can you eat something, please? - Où peux-tu manger quelque chose?

  • Familys: The best way to get to know the typical, traditional food and drink in France is of course in a French family. But who has the opportunity to do so?
  • Brasserie: It actually means "brewery". In these restaurants there are some, mostly hearty, typical dishes in addition to beer.
  • Cafe / bar: That corresponds to the "pubs" in German-speaking countries. People meet to chat and have a drink. There is no cake here, just savory snacks.
  • Salon de Thé: There is coffee and tea as well as pastries and cakes there.
  • Patisserie: In a patisserie you can also get coffee and tea as well as cakes, tarts and macarons.
  • Creperie: She offers different French crepes.
  • bistro: This is a small, cozy restaurant, often with outdoor seating, where locals of all stripes meet. There is the typical bistro furniture and you get drinks and simple meals.
  • Takeaways: You will hardly find these in France, only in the north there are “Baraques à frites”, where French fries - mostly the good Belgian ones - are offered.
  • market: At the large French weekly markets, many stalls offer typical and less typical dishes for direct consumption or to take away.
  • restaurant: This is a eatery that has been awarded stars for its cuisine by the culinary travel guide “Guide Michelin” according to strict criteria. There are up to 3 stars.

behaviour rules

Of course, each of you knows how to behave in restaurants and at the table, but: Different countries, different customs! Here are a few rules of conduct so that you do not embarrass yourself unnecessarily in France:

  • French meal times differ from those in Austria: lunch lasts until 2 p.m., dinner is eaten around 8 p.m., which takes about two hours.
  • When entering a restaurant, you wait until the waiter - the garçon - assigns a seat. The situation is different in brasseries, bars or cafes, you can choose yourself.
  • In a good restaurant, pay attention to the order of the dishes: aperitif, starter, main course, cheese, dessert. Finally, a little coffee is drunk.
  • For meals you get - often only on request - a carafe d’eau, a jug with tap water, which is free and refilled.
  • Traditionally, soups are only eaten in the evening.
  • Cheese is usually offered on a cheese cart, from which you should choose two or three pieces.
  • A menu consists of 2 to 3 courses and changes from day to day or from week to week. As a rule, it is cheaper than putting together a multi-course meal yourself.
  • In France there is usually only one invoice and one pays for everyone.
  • Tips are paid by leaving a few coins on the table after paying the bill. The French give a maximum of 10 percent of the invoice amount, rather less.
  • The operator is called by hand signals.
  • Certain table manners are part of “good manners”: fruit for dessert and chicken legs are eaten with a knife and fork, cheese should be sliced ​​sideways and lettuce leaves folded, not sliced. One type of deadly sin is to cut baguettes. It will be broken!
  • The “café” corresponds to an espresso, the “café crème” to German-Austrian coffee.
  • In cities there are often three different prices for the same drink within a locality, depending on whether you take it while standing at the counter, at the table inside or outside. It's cheapest at the counter.
  • Bistro, bars and cafes are meeting places for everyone. Here you get the bill with what you ordered, but you can stay seated as long as you like. And the French have a lot of rest and time!