Are You Visiting Europe?
Do you want to learn about good places to enjoy your meals in Europe?
Here are some simple rules and tips to follow:
European Restaurants for All Tastes and Pockets
Rules, prices and tips vary from country to country. The first question is where to lunch or dine today. Where can you find good restaurants to enjoy?
As a rule of thumb, the first suggestion is asking at your hotel. The hotel clerk may give you some information or maybe another guest. It is always cheaper to learn from other traveler's experience. It is prudent to ask local people about. They may have valuable information. Another suggestion is to ask at a local tourist center. If you have a laptop handy or your hotel offers a computer for the guests, search the internet. Review a local magazine or newspaper.
Travelers' time is always scarce. You want to find a restaurant nearby where you are, so you save precious time. Look through the restaurant window before stepping in. Is it crowded? Is there a menu available? This observation may give you good indications! If you do not find a menu posted, go inside and ask to see the menu before seating.
Remember; each European country may have different characteristics. Some countries like France and Italy, the word "menu" means a "fixed price meal."
You may find the word " a la Carte " which means a list to choose. The term "menu of the day" is common, mainly seen in small restaurants. It refers to special dish or dishes prepared for the day, usually for a discount. Restaurants in France, Italy and Portugal serve meals in several courses. You may choose to have them all or take one course.
Enjoying a good meal is one of the travel pleasures. Enjoy a classy restaurant or sit in a café sidewalk to taste the European culinary.
Restaurants – open and close time
You will find many restaurants in Spain full after 9 PM. Early birds usually starts at 5:30 PM. Most restaurants close about 2PM after lunch and reopen later for dinner. Make sure you schedule your meals properly. Be prepared for a fast food if you are late for dinner or are at a budget.
If you are under a budget, it is smart to plan where to eat. Meals are more expensive in Europe than in the USA. Depending on the restaurant and serving size, you can split the meal with your partner. This practice is not welcome in France. However, you always can order an entrée, your partner a soup or salad, and you may share your meals with each other.
If you really want to save money you may have other options, like preparing your own meals, go to a Cafeterias, supermarket deli, fast food or salad bars.
Be prepared to sit for two hours in a restaurant. Europeans like to enjoy food and time in long conversation during lunch or dinner.
Tips are a reward for good service in Europe. In some countries like in Germany, tips are included in the price. Tips range from five to 10 percent in Europe.
Some restaurants charge for bread and butter while others do not. This is a common practice in Italy, but in Portugal bread and butter and sometimes olives, is included in the price. Wine and beer are usually affordable but in Sweden is very expensive.
Remember you are not local. Many locales try to exploit travelers. Be prepared and alert!