Tipping in France is something that’s drastically different than in the US. Of course, if you pay no attention to this note, then you’ll be fine anyway. Everyone in France will love the American that tips generously for apparently no reason. French people, however, do not tip in normal situations.
- What’s the appropriate amount to tip your waiter at a cafe? Nothing.
- What’s the correct sum when having lunch at a restaurant with 7 of your friends? 0 euros.
- How much should you tip the pizza delivery guy when he shows up at your door? 0 euros.
In France the gratuity is included in the bill, no matter what the waiter says. Even if you were to actually tip in France, the expected amount is ridiculously small. For example, I talked with the pizza delivery guy and he told me that when he does get a tip, it’s because people don’t take the change that’s left over from the euro. For example, if the pizza costs 11.32 euros, the pizza guy gets 12 euros and keeps the change, so he gets a 68 cent tip.
|25%||< 1 euro|
|40%||> 1 euro|
When going out to lunch with my coworkers, which has happened about 5 times now. They have never ever, not even once, left a tip.
To make things more clear, here is a simple to use table which you can use to convert a customary tip in the US into a customary tip in France. The left side displays the tip percentage in the States (a percentage) and the right side displays the tip amount in France (in Euros).
You may be thinking, “how will the waiter know I liked him?” or “this is what makes French waiters terrible!” or “Well I’m going to tip him anyway.” Well that’s just fine, please fell free to send me your money also. I did provide this page to you after all and I think I deserve some recognition! Seriously though, the best way to make a french waiter happy is by leaving a very small tip, and the best way to make any french person in general happy is by trying to and learning to speak french.