One sure fire sign that you are a foreigner in Buenos Aires is how you tip. Being an American I am used to tipping 15% of the bill for just about anything. At first you will feel terrible when your Argentine friends advise you that you are not supposed to leave a tip at all in some situations. The standard tip is 10% and it is often not that much. I felt cheap giving such a small tip at first.
A tip isn't always necessary, but it will always be appreciated. I always tip well when the service is very good
-tips are paid in cash
-do not leave money intended for a tip sitting on a table or bar, it may be appropriated by someone other than who you intended it for.
Restaurants- Standard tip is 10%. If the service was rude or unacceptable a lot of locals will leave 5% if they leave anything at all. 10% is safe. Don't worry, you won't have a waiter coming after you if you leave a small tip.
This is true of cafes where the waiter brings you your coffee or tea or whatever you drink. 10% is standard.
Taxi- it is not necessary to give the cab driver a tip. They don't expect one. Rounding up is good. Do NOT pay a taxi driver with large bills or credit cards. Of course if the cab driver helps you with your luggage it is good to give them something. A friend told me that the remis drivers should be tipped 5-10%.
I always gave a tip to luggage handlers at the bus station. I remember a friend mentioning to me that bags sometimes got "misplaced". just a small bill will do.
Tour guides- On bus tours guides will often get a 10% tip. However, smaller groups that have one or two guides that do a lot of work (particularly bilingual) we would always collect from the other members of the group to give the guides a tip.
The cubierto or cover charge that you may find on your restaurant bill is not a tip. It is a charge many sitdown restaurants charge and is usually printed somewhere on the menu (not always easy to find though).
I have never seen a restaurant in BsAs add a tip to the bill (for smaller parties anyway). It is normal in Argentina to tip around 10% although tourist often tip more.
Tips are not included on bills
The local custom is to leave a 10% of what you had paid on your bill to the waiter/waitress at restaurants. If you paid $arg 50 you should leave a $arg 5.00 tip.
Anyway not everyone leaves tips. For example, if the service was a disaster or the food was horrible! you might not leave any tips, or you can leave less than the 10%
Some people gives taxi drivers tips but it's not a local custom.
IF you have your hair cut in Buenos Aires, you can give a tip around $arg 5.00 to the hairdresser.
The most common place where we leave tips in Argentina is just in Restaurants, but you can give a tip to anyone who you think has done a good work or good service.
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