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Social Conventions To Avoid When Dining Out in Canada

Some of these social conventions and taboos might seem obvious to some people and less so to others. In any event, the following advice might come in handy when dining in Toronto or any part of Canada.


It is not really possible or healthy to avoid sneezing, especially during the flu season, but if the need to sneeze arises, then it is good to follow it up with some good manners. The phrase “excuse me”, followed up by someone saying, “bless you”, is still common practice in this part of the world. It is also good practice to leave the table or to turn your head away before sneezing if it can be helped.


If you are trying to listen to someone and then proceed to yawn profusely in their face, it will undoubtedly be seen as rude. If you need to yawn while at the table, either turn your head away from guests or leave the table momentarily.

Politics or Religion

It is not wise to discuss politics or religion around the table in a foreign country. If you are meeting someone for the first time, it is definitely not a good ice breaker. Rather stick with the weather and avoid sensitive topics like politics or religion.


Restaurants in Toronto do not generally admit customers who show up with no shoes or a shirt. Public nudity is illegal in Canada, and nudist beaches are not really a thing you will see in this part of the world.

Rude Gestures

Yes, raising your middle finger to a stranger in Canada is also rude, just like it is in most of the Western World. Showing up early at a planned reservation is also a gesture of good faith.

Take note of these tips when travelling through Toronto and other parts of the country. Make sure to take note of this advice when visiting a foreign country for the first time.