Customs in France

When we prepare a trip we have so many things to think about (the tickets, which hotel we are going to stay in, what are we going to carry in the suitcase, what places are we going to visit, where we are going to eat …), that sometimes we forget questions that they are equal or more important. For example, it is essential that before embarking on a trip you know the main customs of the destination, especially if you do not want to live uncomfortable moments. Also, you already know that one of the best things about traveling is that it teaches us that in the world there are a lot of cultures and different ways of doing things. The ideal is to approach any destination with curiosity but also with respect.

Although France is a European country and is very close to us, it has its own customs, which you should know whether you are going to visit this place or if you plan to move there for a while, either for love, studies or work. Today at Vuela Viajes we want to talk to you about some of the main customs of France. Would you like to join us?

The greeting

France has many customs, some of which are very old. One of those that you should know if you plan to travel to this country is the way they say hello. Thus, you should know that it is common to greet each other with a firm handshake, although you will not have to go over. Between friends and family they kiss each other on the cheek , although only if it is about greetings between women or between men and women. In addition, you should know that in informal situations, it is also common to greet each other with three kisses. In any case, you must accompany the greeting with the name of the person or using "Madame" (Lady), "Mademoiselle" (Miss) or "Monsieur" (Sir), or the professional title if it is someone unknown.



It is also important that you bear in mind that some French do not answer if they are not spoken in French . Of course, if they see that the people who address them at least try, they are more friendly, since they value that visitors try to speak their language.


Before traveling to any destination, it is important that you inform yourself about how the topic of tips works. What you need to know about France is that you not only leave tips in bars, cafes and restaurants, but also hotel receptionists, taxi drivers, cinema ushers … Of course, the tip is generally included in the bill (represents between 10% and 15% of what is consumed).


Meal hours

If you are going to travel to France, you better find out what the meal times are. Thus, you should know that the French usually have breakfast around 7 in the morning, lunch at noon and have dinner around 7 or 8 in the afternoon. In addition, it is important that you keep in mind that they do not usually have anything between meals and that they do not have snacks before lunch or dinner so as not to spoil the taste of the main dishes.

Leisure time

What do the French do during their leisure time? Well, one of our neighbors’ favorite activities is visiting cafes, especially on weekends. In addition, you should know that the inhabitants of this country have a very intense social and night life, even going out several times a week, either to the theater, to see musical shows, to the movies, to dinner … Of course, they also go out to drink and dance.


Beware of being late

We Spaniards tend to be quite unpunctual, but in France being late for a social gathering or party is considered very rude. In fact, they do not accept delays of more than 20 minutes. And if you are going to visit a house, do not forget to bring some details : flowers, cakes, a bottle of wine, a toy for the child of the house …

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