Tipping is not a big deal in Iran. In upmarket restaurants (mainly in Tehran) a 10% gratuity might be expected - on top of the 10% service charge that's often built into the bill. But everywhere else any money you leave will be a pleasant surprise. It's normal to offer a small tip to anyone who guides you or opens a building that is normally closed. If your offer is initially refused, you should persist in making it three times before giving up (see Ta'arof, p45). You'll be relieved to hear there is no culture of 'baksheesh' in Iran.

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