Dining Etiquette Around The World Infographic #2

dining world infographic

Travelling around the world allows you to learn a lot about certain countries, you can discover all about their culture but you can also learn a lot about their dining etiquette. What is considered rude in one country can be a compliment in another. Slurping, for example is generally thought to be rude but they actively encourage it in Japan as it shows appreciation for the food.

Below is an infographic by MyBreakTrip which looks at dining etiquette around the world. It will take you through 5 very different countries and their customs and traditions when it comes to eating.


Do you have any tips to add?

Here’s another dining etiquette infographic featuring more countries like Portugal and Thailand.


  1. This is great. Tipping customs abroad are especially hard to remember.

    Dining customs in China are particularly interesting – there’s so much slurping and burping going on, and yet people get offended if the oldest people at the table don’t get the best seats. 🙂

  2. Great tips, Mani. I remember being really nervous before our visit to Japan. We struggled with chopsticks during the first part of our journey. But, I’ve also learned that sometimes its OK to make mistakes. Especially, if you’re a traveller, you’re forgiven. 🙂 Might not be the same if you decide to stick around longer!

  3. Always interesting ordering food in a foreign country. Never know what you’re going to get or how to eat it:) I try copying the locals, but I do struggle with the chop sticks … Funny experience – the only place people have actually commented in my eating habits is in the US where they where shocked I ate pizza with fork and knife! Pizza should definitely be eaten with you hands in the States:)

  4. I’m tapping two fingers on my desk in appreciation!
    In addition to keeping both hands on the table in France (unlike the US) one should always eat with elbows close to the body. My grandmother (British) was an expert. Training used to be done with a newspaper under each arm!


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