The French have a clear idea of when they should be tipped. Bills in bars and restaurants include a service charge incorporated into the prices, but it's customary to round out your bill with some small change unless you're dissatisfied. The amount varies: anywhere from €0.50, if you've merely bought a beer, to €1–€3 (or more) after a meal. Tip taxi drivers and hair stylists about 10%. In some theaters and hotels, coat-check attendants may expect nothing (if there's a sign saying "pourboire interdit"—tips forbidden); otherwise give them €0.50–€1. Washroom attendants usually get €0.50, though the sum is often posted.
If you stay in a hotel for more than two or three days, it's customary to leave something for the chambermaid—about €1.50 per day. In expensive hotels you may well call on the services of a baggage porter (bellhop) and hotel porter and possibly the telephone receptionist. All expect a tip: plan on about €1.50 per item for the baggage porter, but the other tips will depend on how much you've used their services—common sense must guide you here. In hotels that provide room service, give €1 to the waiter (this does not apply to breakfast served in your room). If the chambermaid does some pressing, give her €1 on top of the charge made. If the concierge has been helpful, it's customary to leave a tip of €10–€20.
Museum guides should get €1–€1.50 after a guided tour.
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