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Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

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Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

GraceW | Jul 2, 2014 06:59 AM

Do most restaurants accept VISA credit-card (an American one.. non-chip&pin)? I know there is a difference and this is a problem in those metro machines, but it be an issue getting breakfast, snacks, and lunch?

I ask because my bank has a 3% transaction charge abroad.. but also a 3% total charge on money from an ATM. Well, if it is 3% either way, why even bother getting money out off an ATM when there are many reports of people (solo travelers) getting scammed at an ATM.... so instead of getting robbed at the ATM, why bother. Can I just use my credit-card the whole time?

PS. I know this is somewhat of a TA question--but I am asking specifically for boulangerie or patisserie and figured CHounds would know better that I am not asking about tourist trap, chains.

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