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Is there a Yelp equivalent in Ukraine?

I'm looking for a Yelp-like app in Ukraine (at least in Lviv and Kyiv). Since Yelp is not available in Ukraine, what do locals use to search for nearby restaurants and cafes? If it is possible, I ...
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Is it normal that people in front of the bar demanding keys to my car?

While I was visiting Mykonos (a Greek island), I've rented the car for few days. I've visited many places across the island, however I've experienced unusual situation with few of them (such as ...
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Are credit cards (Master Card) widely accepted in Budapest?

Are credit cards accepted in the museums and restaurants in Budapest? When used in a restaurant, is there a minimum amount you have to spend in order to pay by credit card? What about public ...
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Vegetarian yatai food options in Fukuoka?

A friend of mine is soon visiting Fukuoka and would like to sample the famous local yatai food stalls: (courtesy Jacklee on Wikimedia) However, she's vegetarian, while most of Fukuoka's famous ...
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Why do restaurants and cafes in Ukraine make a transaction on each food separately?

I'm now in Kiev and found that some restaurants and cafes make a transaction on each plate separately. For example, yesterday I ordered a slice of Napoleon cake and a cup of hot chocolate. When I ...
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Can you order tapas or pintxos "to go" in Barcelona?

I'm in Barcelona, my friend is not feeling well and I'd like to get some food and bring it back to the hotel. Will local tapas or pintxos restaurants allow me to order food to go? Or must I eat it at ...
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Is it not appropriate to eat pizza with hands in Germany?

I eat pizza in Germany every day as it is pretty cheap yet so delicious! However, I found that most Germans, likely 80% or more, use knives and forks to eat pizza. I got pretty surprised to see how ...
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How can I avoid ordering multiple bottles of water at a restaurant?

I have a couple esophageal conditions that result in a high probability of a food bolus impaction when eating (a food bolus impaction is when food gets stuck in the esophagus). There are a few ...
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Is it rude to bring bottled water into a restaurant in Germany?

It is said that in Germany asking for tap water in a restaurant is rude and looks stingy - examples in here and here. But I don't like to purchase water there as buying it in a restaurant would likely ...
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Is there a roof-top bar in the Empire State building?

My wife and I plan to visit New York for the first time in a couple of days. A friend of us told us that instead of going to the top of the Empire State building (which implies long waiting times and ...
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Waiter asking to see ID when using credit card in Mexico

I was at a nice restaurant and had about 50 usd worth of drinks. I paid with my visa and the bartender asked for ID. In my somewhat jovial state I obliged without question. She took both my ID and the ...
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Is there a Yelp equivalent in Malaysia?

In Malaysia, Yelp has already advanced and the quantity of the data looks decent enough. However I wonder there is any better alternative (e.g. in quantity, more search filter, etc) service like Yelp ...
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Which sites should I use when searching for nearby restaurants while traveling? [closed]

I've noticed that there are a lot of sites that are about helping to find restaurants nearby your location when you travel (e.g. TripAdvisor/Places To Eat Near Me/Zomato/Yelp etc...), on most of them ...
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What is the point of a separate service charge in restaurants? [closed]

Where I've been traveling lately (Europe and Africa mostly), many restaurants add a service charge to the bill, somewhere between 5 and 10%. So if the price is quoted at 500 Rupees, I end up paying, ...
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Japanese custom: Sushi chef serves you small snacks you didn't order?

I've been to several restaurants, usually sushi oriented, where I will sit down and order a drink (alcoholic), then within a few minutes of receiving my drink, the chef will either walk out and ...
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What is the tipping process in restaurants in the US?

I'm supposed to write down something on the bill I get? Do I hand the waiter my credit card after doing so? Since I need a receipt, do I wait for the waiter to bring things back? What's the process, ...
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Are infants tolerated in restaurants in France and Italy?

We're new parents with a dilemma. We're looking for a city in France or Italy to call home for 6 weeks this summer. Thing is, our 1-year-old son's sleep schedule could send us home every night at the ...
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Are izakaya where the bartender doesn't stand opposite the bar inauthentic?

Most izakaya I've been to have the bartender standing on the other side of the bar, or even consist solely of a bar. However, I've been to two places that called themselves an izakaya where the ...
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How can I enter a high-end restaurant in Tokyo with my son who is under 12?

Next year I will be visiting Japan, and I am going to try to get a reservation at Sukiyabashi Jiro for myself and my son, who will be 11.5 years old at the time. He enjoys sushi and his restaurant ...
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Received gestures in UK pubs: pint versus half-pint

People who do not speak English well, or even people who do not want to speak a lot, will often resort to received gestures to indicate what they are after. Some of these are almost universally ...
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Planning French autoroute drive, aires

I'm planning to drive from Caen to south of Poitiers. Just wanted to figure out where convenient rest areas (aires) with cafe or restaurant facilities are on the route. So far I've completely failed ...
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Eating on the Moscow-Dushanbe train?

I'm taking this train to Kazakhstan soon and wonder: does this train have a restaurant car? If not, where in the Russian cities of Gryazi and Volgograd can I buy food near the station (the train ...
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Travelling with Infant to Hong Kong - Need to use Kitchen

We are travelling Hong Kong next weekend. We have a 9 months old baby. She has lactose intolerance (meaning she can't take any milk material). We give her home made food, mainly, which is made of some ...
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Is it normal for menus to be priced in grams in Venice, Italy?

I visited Venice recently. In one restaurant menus were priced in grams and not per portion. So this resulted in several times bigger bill when I have originally expected. Is this type of pricing is ...
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How can I tell if my drink is really sugar free? [closed]

I suffer from diabetes mellitus and when travelling, I always try to avoid sugar in food and drinks. I prefer home made food, and when at a new restaurant, I generally skip the dessert unless I'm sure ...
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Should I leave a tip in a fully automated restaurant in the USA? [duplicate]

When I go to a fully automated restaurant in the USA (example 1, example 2), am I supposed to tip?
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Is it rude to pay tips in Iran?

One of my friends, asked me if he could tip the waiter after we had a delicious Kebab :) for dinner, and I was just puzzled since I didn't know the answer. It's totally rare and not common at all to ...
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Bistrot guide for Paris. Is there one online?

I am looking for something simple, where you don't need a reservation, you just walk in, and offers home cooked meals. Is there an online resource that lists this type of restaurants in Paris? I ...
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Name of a monastery/restaurant in Austria

About 3 years ago, I hiked through this village in Austria near its borders with Switzerland and Germany. Unfortunately, neither my friend or I can remember the name of the village. We also ate at a ...
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Trying to find a specific restaurant in Jerusalem

I was in Israel for the first time about 10 years ago. I have a vivid memory of that trip, in which my father took me and my sister to get real Israeli schwarma for the first time and it was sooo good....
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How do I make a reservation with The Fat Duck? [closed]

Their website is mysterious, I believe it is one of the top resturants in the world that every tourist should visit
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Restaurant in Paris decorated in kitchen utensils

What is the name of the restaurant decorated with kitchen utensils, in Paris nearby Porte Maillot and Le Palais des Congrès de Paris?
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10% government tourist tax in Indonesia, what's going on with that?

While traveling in Sumatra & Java, I never seen (or noticed) a 10% government tourist tax. When arriving in Bali, many restaurant (& even homestays) display an additional 10% government ...
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Breakfast places in Munich that open at 6AM or earlier on the weekends?

It seems that visitors should queue as early as 8AM in order to get into the Oktoberfest tents on the weekends without a reservation. This means breakfast must be completed before 7AM to leave enough ...
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Where can I try sea cucumbers in Taiwan?

Apparently sea cucumbers are quite a delicacy in many Asian countries. I was wondering if anyone knows of good places to try sea cucumber in Taiwan, or if there are good places to purchase them?
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Where can I try konoko and konowata in Japan?

Apparently sea cucumbers are quite a delicacy in many Asian countries. I was wondering if anyone knows of good places to try konoko (dried sea cucumber gonads) and konowata (salted intestines) in ...
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Eating alone in London

I am in London this weekend alone. Is there any restaurants that cater specifically for the single eater or have sections for single diners? Although confident, I don't think I am THAT confident to ...
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Tipping for curbside takeout food in the USA

I just saw the "Tipping for takeout food in the USA" question. Curbside takeout was not addressed in any of the answers to that question, so that is why I am asking this question. Many American ...
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Tipping for takeout food in the USA

When I go to a restaurant in the USA and order food for takeout, am I supposed to tip?
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How am I supposed to combine items from Italian restaurant menus?

I'm from the Netherlands, where we would typically have an appetizer (soup or something else) and a main dish (usually some kind of meat, served with fries and vegetables), and when that is finished, ...
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Having a pleasant dining experience in a hotel with a baby?

I am a new parent looking to book a stay in Paris and am worried want a pleasant dining experience that does not endanger my 10 month old. Since the Madeleine McCann story I don't think it is ...
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Authentic (non-touristic) places, where Italians eat, in Verona and Venezia [closed]

I don't like very touristic places, and I don't care about the international renown of a restaurant. I do care about their local renown, since I enjoy to be among the locals. (For instance, I like ...
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Chinatown in Seoul

Is there any kind of Chinatown in Seoul, or at least a place with many authentic Chinese restaurants? According to Wikipedia the only official Chinatown is in Incheon, which is further than I'd like.
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Tipping in Europe when paying by credit card?

I've been traveling in Europe for the past few months and I'm still confused about this! In most countries, it seems the common courtesy (according to tipping websites and the locals that I've talked ...
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Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity in a restaurant?

I got the following receipt at some restaurant in the USA: Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity, or pay a lower percentage of gratuity, given that it wasn't mentioned on the menu and no restaurant ...
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Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland

I've read that cat meat is eaten in Switzerland. Stop eating cats and dogs say animal rights campaigners in Switzerland cites an animal rights activist saying that it's not legal to sell cat meat (...
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What is the correct way to pay in a restaurant when you get the check in a book?

In German restaurants (at least the less fancy ones) the waiter usually brings you the check and immediately collects the money. In other European countries (e.g. France, Italy, Belgium), the waiter ...
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Tipping in Bucharest

While holidaying in Bucharest I wonder how and when to tip. At the hotel, there is a lady that cleans my room every day, should I tip her? How should I do this? How much should I give her? Sometimes ...
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Scenic restaurant overlooking Washington DC

While planning a trip to Washington DC I was wondering whether there is some restaurant/bar from which you can overlook downtown at sunset/night. An example in Atlanta would be the Sun Dial on top ...
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insider restaurant tip for traditional cuisine in Vienna [closed]

we would like to find a non-touristy place where locals go to, serving Austrian dishes, downtown Vienna
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