One of the best ways to explore a new destination is through its food – not only just by eating, of course, but by witnessing local culinary traditions and social culture too. That said, dining customs around the world can vary widely: What exactly is an oshibori, for example, and should you or should you not tip while in Europe? We asked Virtuoso travel advisors that specialize in culinary travel to drop their best dining etiquette knowledge on us. Here, their sage advice, so you and your appetite can embark equipped for success.
- “We have a very relaxed café and restaurant culture in Australia. Most of the time, you’ll have to signal a few times to get the bill. We don’t have bottomless cups of coffee; rather, we enjoy European-style cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites, and macchiatos. Expect to pay for each individual cup.” – Darryl Sloshberg
- “You won’t find pork here. And you’ll use your fingers, or, if utensils are presented, it will only be a fork and spoon. Knives are never used.” – Caroline Labbé