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Dining Etiquette Around the World [Infographic]

Posted by Jade Waddy on 18/09/2015

When going on holiday abroad, something that people often look forward to is developing their palette and trying new cuisines from a different part of the world. Just as countries have defining traits that are recognised globally, the cultures of these countries are also wonderfully varied and unique, especially when it comes to dining etiquette.

Even if you wish to stick to the meals that you know you enjoy on your travels (and possibly miss out on your delicious new favourite meal), there are still important tips to take on board when dining out in a new country. Some forms of etiquette that you would generally consider polite when dining out in the UK might be considered rude in another country. The same applies with manners you would typically view as rude at your local restaurant; these manners might be met with huge approval by the locals of your holiday destination!

If you want to make the most of dining out in a new country, it’s definitely important to know the dining etiquette and perhaps learn why certain things seem rude or polite depending on the country. For example, slurping your food and burping is considered offensive and inconsiderate of others in the UK, whilst in Japan it’s seen as a sign of enjoyment and a compliment to the chef’s cooking!

If you want to start learning the interesting and unique etiquettes of other countries (such as pushing food onto your fork in France), we have an infographic below from My Break Trip that explores three fascinating food facts from 5 prestigious countries that always prove popular for visits from western tourists.


About My Break Trip offers great holiday deals and brilliant tips to ensure that you get the most out of your travels! Eating is essential for all of us, so making it a pleasant and fun experience is simply a must. We recommend that you start your international experience by reviewing the infographic above and exploring the culinary ways of the world!