In France, you will always find a service charge on your bill, above the line for TVA (European Value Added Tax). This is included in the advertised prices in bars and restaurants. By law since 2008 the service charge must be passed on to staff and must be in addition to their s alary. However, In some bars, the owner may even keep the totality or part of the tip charge.

In normal restaurants, including cafés, one can leave €1; for every €20. So if the check is €80, you can leave anywhere from €2-€4. Think of it as a gesture, not an obligation. Once again, it’s not necessary but is appreciated for good service.

In nicer restaurants, such as 3-start tables, where the service is exemplary, a tip of €20 is fine to leave.