Manage your expectations, be sensible and safe, and, if you drink, don’t get sloppy.
The first of these is especially important in Paris.
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If you want to keep things old-school and go looking for your potential love-match in a bar, two of Paris’ 20 arrondissements are better suited to this kind of approach: the 10 A few addresses to note in the former are Chez Jeannette, where the best of the flirting is done on the terrace, Le Point Ephemère, a cheap bar and concert venue on the Canal Saint-Martin, and La Petite Chaufferie, where the food is organic and the music exclusively electro – it’s likely to attract a particular type but if this happens to be yours then don’t bother with anywhere else.
If Tinder has always seemed a little too intense for you at home and even more so when cultural and language obstacles are thrown in the mix, then perhaps the slow dating app Once is more your thing.
Despite what you may have seen in the movies, finding love, or even a date, in Paris isn’t as easy as waiting under the Eiffel Tower for your soulmate to show up. To help you in your search, our guide suggests the apps to use, bars to cruise and events to schmooze.
(Ifop) and the X-rated dating site CAM4 found that 43% of adults living in the capital are single, compared to a national average of 33%.
They have almost twice as many sexual partners over their lifetimes – 19 compared to 11 – and these additional notches on the bedpost are aided by the predominance of one night stands: 44% of Parisian men and 23% of women have them regularly whereas the respective national figures are 31% and 16%.
Somewhat less encouraging is the fact that infidelity is similarly commonplace, with 46% of people in the capital and 40% across the country admitting to it.
Further to the south and east, it’s not unusual to find love over cocktails at El Urbano or indeed on the basement dance floor of La Baraque.