Should I leave a tip when dining out?

Those of you cheap bastards will love the answer to this one. Not necessarily would be the response for tipping. Many places will in fact include the tip in the bill already or, like France or Italy, are required by law to charge a 10-15% service charge anyway. Generally, in all cases it is recommended to simply ‘round up’ the bill or leave about 5 % of the total. In Germany, the service is included, but again about a 5% tip is normal.

Yes, leaving a tip when dining out in Europe is generally expected, but the customs regarding tipping can vary from country to country. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Western Europe (e.g., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, etc.): In most Western European countries, it is customary to leave a tip, but the amount can vary. In many places, a service charge may already be included in the bill, so it's a good idea to check. If not, leaving a tip of around 5-10% is appreciated.
  2. United Kingdom: In the UK, it's customary to leave a tip of around 10-15% of the bill. However, some restaurants may include a service charge in the bill, in which case additional tipping may not be necessary.
  3. Scandinavia (e.g., Sweden, Norway, Denmark, etc.): Tipping is appreciated but not as essential as in some other countries. In these countries, service charges are typically included in the bill.
  4. Eastern Europe (e.g., Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, etc.): Tipping is appreciated but may not be as customary as in Western Europe. Leaving a tip of around 10% is generally appreciated.
  5. Greece: Tipping is customary, and it's common to leave a tip of around 5-10% of the bill.
  6. Spain and Italy: In these countries, it's customary to leave a small tip, especially if you received good service. Rounding up the bill or leaving a few euros is common.
  7. Netherlands: While it's not obligatory, leaving a tip is appreciated. You can round up the bill or leave a small amount.

It's important to note that tipping practices can change, and it's always a good idea to check for any local customs or specific guidelines, especially if you're unsure. If you receive exceptional service, a slightly higher tip is a nice gesture.

Lastly, remember that tipping is a discretionary act, and if you had a negative experience or if service charges are already included, you are not obliged to leave an additional tip.