10 Strange Dining Customs From Around The World



It is quite amazing how every culture in the world has managed to create their own traditions for every facet of life. Experiencing these varied cultures is one of the greatest things about traveling the world. It is unavoidable to not eat a meal when you are traveling to different countries, which is why it is important to be acclimatized with different dining cultures. Every country has its own set of dining traditions, and this list looks at 10 of the strangest dining customs from around the world.

Cup Half Full

You might want to look at a cup of tea in Kazakstan as half full, because if the host serves you a full cup of tea, it means that they want you to leave soon.

Half Mast Chopsticks

Never leave your chopsticks vertically in Japan. By doing so you are insulting the owner of the restaurant.

Drinking Game

Every time you have a sip to drink in South Korea, you need to turn your head to the side and look away.

Right Hand Preference

Using your left hand to eat your food is considered unclean in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.

Kiss The Bread

If you spill any bread in Estonia, you need to kiss the bread before throwing it away.

Finish Your Plate

If you leave any food on your plate in France, it means you did not enjoy the food.

No Dutching Please

If you are in France, either pay the entire bill or don’t pay at all. Splitting the bill is considered unsophisticated in the country.

Hands Off The Food

It is acceptable to eat bread with your hands in Germany.

Salty Matters

If you spill your salt in Azerbaijan, they see it as a sign that you are going to have a fight with someone in the near future. They immediately spill some sugar to counter this.

Bad Review

Spilling salt in Egypt however means that you do not like the chef’s food.