20 Obscure Mistakes That Almost Every Tourist Makes When Eating Out Abroad

17. Never show the soles of your shoes to the visitors of Turkish cafes.

20 Obscure Mistakes That Almost Every Tourist Makes When Eating Out Abroad

In both restaurants and cafes in Turkey, it is considered to be rude to sit so that others can see the soles of your shoes. You walk on these soles on the ground and this is the dirtiest spot on your body.

Also, the more you eat, the happier the host will be. They will keep on bringing new foods for as long as you eat.

Finally, in Turkey, they say, “Bon appetit!” at the end of the meal.

16. In German cafes, don’t pay for women’s bills.

20 Obscure Mistakes That Almost Every Tourist Makes When Eating Out Abroad

Even if you are never going to go to a cafe or a restaurant with a local woman, you should still know this: in Germany, they always prefer “going Dutch.”

And never, never, ever criticize beer in Germany. It is a sacred drink for Germans. They love it and respect it and so should you.

15. Don’t talk to people in French street cafes.

20 Obscure Mistakes That Almost Every Tourist Makes When Eating Out Abroad

Yes, the French are very communicative people, but sometimes they just want to be alone and enjoy their food. Sometimes, going to a cafe is not just for eating, it is a ritual. And it is better to not mess with it, if you are not 100% sure you know all the rules.

And there are a lot of food-related rules here. The most important thing is the schedule. Breakfast is at 7:30 am, lunch is at 1 pm, and dinner is after 7 pm. If you come to a cafe a bit earlier, you will get nothing but a coffee and a croissant.

By the way, the French don’t cut bread, they just break it. You should eat it correctly — by pulling off small pieces.

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