What’s Behind that French Waiter’s Facade?

Illustration: Vincent Mahé

If you enjoy traveling to Paris — or are still intending to get yourself there! — we found this article in the Wall Street Journal about Parisian waiters insightful and très intéressant. American tourists tend to find the waiters snooty, aloof, and cold compared to their counterparts in America . . . But have a read, and you might develop an understanding and appreciation of where they’re coming from. The piece also suggests five great places for “waiter watching” as well as a dozen excellent Do’s and Don’ts to prepare you for your next encounter in a French restaurant. Bon Appétit!

We’re planning a new tour in France for 2016, and we think you’ll find this a fun, informative, and helpful article for your travels.