8 Things That Will Surprise You At European Restaurant

Mayo on the side

In the US and most countries on either of the American continents, ketchup (and sometimes mustard) is the standard offering with fries.

Small coffees 

No matter what kind of warm caffeinated beverage you prefer, be prepared for the cup to be significantly smaller than its US equivalents.


North America has taken its anti-tobacco campaign very seriously my entire life. Many of us know more non-smokers than smokers.

Card machines

Instead of taking your card away to swipe it at the cash register (and potentially steal info), the waiter almost always brings the hand-held machine to you.

Sugary treats with coffee

Okay, the cups might be smaller on this side of the Atlantic, but you get a little bonus! Cookies or small chocolates are standard with your cup of coffee or tea.

Smaller portions

It varies from country to country, but portions are generally consistently smaller than in the US. This can be a good thing, allowing you more room to sample amazing treats.

No tips

If you were not previously aware, allow me to let you in on a secret about other countries: Many don’t have a tipping culture.

No rush

In the US, we’re frequently either blatantly or passive-aggressively pressured to pay and leave promptly after finishing our meal.

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