Prix nets

Strawberry tarte from Mamie Gâteaux

Someone told me yesterday that my idea of a reasonable price for food in Paris seemed a little high, for example, the 17.80 Euro lunch special at the Jacquemart André. I realized I’d never explained the term prix nets (pree net). In France, the price you see on the menu is the final price; the taxes (15.5%) and tip (15%) are almost always already included. You’re welcome to leave a few Euro coins on the table for exceptional service, but there is no expectation that you will.  You may also see service compris (serveese compree) , which means “service included.” If you see T.T.C., however, it means toutes taxes comprises (toot tax compreese) or taxes included, but not service. So frankly, the fish and chips I had in a little restaurant yesterday (while delicious!) were more expensive than my lunch in a gorgeous ballroom in Paris.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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