Etiquette

  • Greetings Do give a firm handshake and a double or triple cheek kiss.
  • Marijuana & alcohol Don't smoke dope or drink beer on the streets.
  • Smoking Don't smoke (any substance) in bars or restaurants.
  • Bluntness Don't take offence if locals give you a frank, unvarnished opinion. It's not considered impolite, rather it comes from the desire to be direct and honest.
  • Cycling paths Don't walk in bike lanes (which are marked by white lines and bicycle symbols), and do look both ways before crossing a bike lane.