It is customary to leave a tip in local restaurants and cafes; it is usually quite high and make out 18-20% of the total bill. In some large restaurants a service charge is included into the total order; in this case, there would be ‘gratuities’ or ‘tips’ mark in the check.
All public places are non-smoking, so you should pay special attention to signs. As a rule, there are smoking areas close to all major venues and entertainment places. Heavy monetary fines are charged in case of rule violation.
When going on holiday be sure to take a copy of the identity document; it will help you to solve any misunderstandings easily. In particular, it is useful to young people who expect to purchase tobacco and alcohol, as it’s prohibited to sell them to persons under 21 years.
Holiday-makers should take into account that in the large restaurant tables are booked advance, especially in popular restaurants where there are lots of visitors in evenings. Also take care about buying tickets for various entertainment events well in advance, as it will eliminate the need to stand in long queues.
Drivers should be aware that it isn’t easy to find parking place in the city. Parking is forbidden on some streets, while other places are limited by strict time limits. Rent a car would be beneficial only to those who travel as a great company and plan to visit different areas of the city.