Paris Tipping Guide

How much should you tip, and for which services?

This is a tricky question when you first arrive in a new country. You don't want to over tip and you don't want to be abused for not leaving enough! So here is a tipping guide for Paris to help you get started.

All tip amounts are in euros.

Beauticians 1.00 - 3.00
Butchers 1.00 - 2.00 for special preparations
Coat room attendant 1.00 per coat
Doorman 2.00 for calling a taxi
Hairdressers 2.00 - 5.00
1.00 - 2.00 for shampoo person
Porter 1.00 per bag
Restaurants/Cafes 15% service charge is included in the bill and is noted on the menu as service compris (SC). However, it's common to leave an additional .15 cents after coffee, .50-1.00 after lunch, 1.50-3.50 after dinner. If you feel the dinner was extremely good and service was excellent, 10% of the bill is more appropriate.
Taxi drivers 10% of the fare
This really depends on whether or not you feel the taxi driver is already ripping you off! Taxis in Paris start their meter when you call them and it's not unusual for them to arrive at your door with 10.00 -15.00 already on the meter. Only leave a tip if you experience excellent service.
Washroom attendant .50 - 1.00 if amount is not posted

Christmas Tipping Guide

Everybody and their brother seems to come knocking on your door in Paris at Christmas time trying to sell you a calendar or basically just looking for their Christmas tip so keep some cash handy or if you don't know them don't open the door!

Gardien(ne) From 50.00. Ask your neighbors for the "going rate"
Femme de menage 1 month's wages
Postman (facteur) 10.00 only if he/she delivers to your door (It is common practice in France for Postmen to sell calendars to gain tips. you can pay from 5.00 upwards per calendar

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