Banks and other government agencies usually serve clients from 8:00 to 15:00. Many establishments close for a small lunch break during the daytime. Thursday is considered a long working day, on which all the facilities are open until 17:30. Saturday and Sunday are days off.
Travellers are not obliged to leave tips in restaurants and cafes, but they are free to leave a small monetary reward to a waiter for good service. A tip of 5% of the total cost will be enough. In luxury restaurants service charges may be already included in the bill.
The majority of shops and shopping centers open at 8:00 and work until 18:30. Some shops may be closed on Saturday. Large shopping malls can work seven days a week and accept visitors until late at night.
Tobacco products are usually very expensive in Graz and can be bought only in special vending machines and kiosks with Tabak Trafik mark. Stores located next to hotel complexes usually have the highest prices for tobacco and alcohol.
August in considered the hottest month. As a rule, the temperature is over 30 degrees almost every day. Therefore, during this period travelers who expect to devote much time to excursions and walks in the city should refrain from visiting Graz.