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A Guide to Tipping and Picking Up the Tab

From France to Australia, here's how much gratuity to leave.

World map

15% to 20%

Canada and the U.S.


0%

France
At restaurants (but not at bars) locals leave 10% even though the tip is included.


0%

Scandinavia
No tip required – it is included in the bill.


10%

Russia
Tip your server directly (otherwise it might go in a manager’s pocket).


0%

Japan
Tips will be met with surprise and might be returned to you.

 

 

0%

Brazil
No tip required – it is included in the bill.


5% to 10%

Egypt
The service charge that appears on your bill goes to the restaurant, not the waiter.


5% to 10%

Thailand and Cambodia
Tip about $1 per diner.


10% to 25%

Australia
It’s not expected, but most visitors leave a tip.

 

Who picks up the tab

Tipping

Egypt and Vietnam
The person who does the inviting does the paying. (If that’s not you, let your host order first, then order a meal that’s within the same price range.)

France
Either offer to cover the whole tab or accept graciously when someone else does.

China
Diners fight for the privilege of paying, so be prepared to put up a valiant effort.

South Korea
The oldest diner (sorry, Gramps), or the wealthiest, pays.

Italy
The guest of honour usually does the honours.

Australia
It’s common to split the bill, no matter who ordered what.

Around the world
If there’s an obvious financial gap between you and your guests, cover the tab. Ditto if your guests have been acting as tour guide – consider it payment for services rendered.

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AUSTRALIA     BRAZIL     CAMBODIA     CANADA     DINING ETIQUETTE     EGYPT     FOOD & DRINK     FRANCE     JAPAN     RUSSIA     SCANDINAVIA     THAILAND     TIPPING     UNITED STATES    

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