> Café, brasserie, bistrot, restaurant, bar ... what's the difference?

Café, brasserie, bistrot, restaurant, bar ... what's the difference? - Vocabulary

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Architects and decorators have often helped to decorate cafés, such as Claude-Nicolas Ledoux at the Café militaire in 1762, or the Lutétia, as well as Chez Prunier where new materials were tested in the interwar period. Since the end of the 20th century, renowned creators like Philippe Starck, Christian de Portzamparc and Jacques Garcia have also lent a hand in decorating such cafés as Café Costes, Café Beaubourg and the Water Bar.

How to say it

To place an order, you first need to get the waiter's attention (S’il-vous-plaît !) to ask for the menu (Je peux avoir la carte ?), and then you can order (je vais prendre…). Before leaving you have to pay (Je peux avoir l’addition s’il-vous-plaît ?). You may leave un pourboire (a tip) if you are happy with the service, but this isn't compulsory. You can eat sur place (inside, outside or at the bar). You can also ask for food à emporter (to take away). In Paris, prices are more expensive in the restaurant than at the bar, which isn't the case elsewhere in France. Since 1st  January 2008, smoking has been banned inside cafés.

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