Paris Undressed: Old world, new love – dating culture in Paris


Parisians and expats looking for new romance are turning to dating – but what does dating in Paris mean in a culture which ‘does not date’?

2013 is well underway. In Paris, the winter is cold and the days are short – perfect for cuddles and snuggles in bed.  If you’re starting the year on a new romantic slate, never fear; Paris Undressed has got you covered. This month we’re looking at dating in Paris, when global trend meets traditional culture – and finding a balance between the two.


Dating in Paris

French and francophiles alike will tell you that the French don’t date. A perceived lack of subtlety and impressions made from different cultures has given dating a bad rap. But, along with love, change is in the air. Given the spike in dating services available in recent years, there’s no denying it; dating is happening in Paris. Where does love live when old and new influences collide?

Paris Love Online


In its modern day quest for love and companionship, Paris is looking online. There’s dating for expats, dating for the French, dating for same sex couples, speed dating, mobile dating apps – there is even dating for pets. It’s safe to say that if you’re looking to explore dating in Paris, the internet offers a very convenient place to meet others.

Finding France Offline

If online is not your ideal rendez-vous and you’re fresh out of dinner parties, dating in Paris is still your oyster. Be open to opportunities. Adopt the French way and meet others by using your own personal networks, holding your own dinner party or joining a special interest group (cocktail club, anyone?) – you may just find yourself a date in the process.


Along with brunching and great coffee, dating in Paris is on the rise. That’s not to say that a beautiful culture of subtle undertones, playful flirting and romantic gestures needs to go anywhere. Understanding the French rencontre combined with a demand for modern dating is evolving France’s dating culture. The Parisians may be dating – but they are doing it the French way.

Tips for French and Expats


Dating in Paris is all about understanding and appreciating French culture, while being open to new ways of finding love. French culture will always prevail to set its own tone – and dating is no different. If you want to try dating in Paris, we’ve listed a few places to get started:

1. Expat Dating In Paris: For expat singles in Paris looking to meet online.

2. Listed: This is an online resource that lists a range of French dating sites.

3. OKCupid: A free online dating site that claims to use ‘math to get you dates’ – well, they say it’s a numbers game.

4. Speed Dating In Paris: For an offline, different and fun experience of meeting people – go without attitude.

5. Pucker up, pooches – dating is for them too (they may also have a good looking, single owner) – Pets Dating

What’s your take on the evolving dating culture in Paris? Should it stay the same?  Has online dating killed the romance? Expats, French and francophiles – over to you.

Image Credits:
1. The amazing Eiffel Tower in Romantic Paris, by Stuck in Customs on Flickr
2. Sarah Harrison
5. Romantic Paris, by sum2004 on Flickr

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