I had a realisation in Paris; sit down to eat in a cafe, or a restaurant, and you’re not just paying for the food and the labour that went into it, you’re also paying for the physical space in which you eat. I sort of knew this already. It’s the same everywhere. The cafe owner has to pay rent, and some of that gets built into the price of your meal, but it wasn’t until I was in Paris, and I’d been to the National Archives to do some research on the rebuilding of Paris in the 1800s, that I realised just how dense the city is. Easily as many people in the same small area that you get somewhere like Shanghai. But Paris managed it better.
i like the idea of this - i had some time to waste waiting for the kid and her friend to finish a yr12 history study session held at USyd. Walked around the botanic gardens, read a book got back to newtown with extra time so popped into a pizza bar place at the top end of king street where i got to sit at the bar drink a beer (my first heaps normal beer and it was great) and eat a great pizza. There should be more walk up options everywhere so you can stroll after and see the sights.
Russ Roberts talks about this. In the Middle East and some other places, the wait staff seem far less helpful and present. But this is driven by the restaurant culture where people camp out for far longer than restaurants. The staff isn’t trying to rush you through for turnover. But this has to be reflected in the price - you’re renting the space and people for longer.