The dating app Tinder has taken the world by storm, and Paris is no exception. There’s no better place to try your hand at dating than in the most romantic city in the wold, so here are the most common types of Parisian Tinder dates you’re likely to meet.
Paris is one of the world’s trendiest cities, which means there are hipsters galore. You’ll find them strumming an acoustic guitar while admiring a distant sunrise over Notre Dame or with their noses in a book on a plant-filled Parisian balcony. Their Tinder profile pictures will be heavily filtered, but you’ll still be able to make out the beard or upturned moustache. When you meet for a date, be prepared to talk about arthouse cinema, particularly New Wave French film.
If you’re swiping right on the health freak, be prepared for some serious physical activity, starting with joining them on their morning jog across the River Seine or in Parc Montsouris, where the 15-hectare stretch is sure to get you sweating. Wherever you go, you’ll have to head out early to avoid the big crowds, but don’t expect to eat anything but salads when you finish.
Graduates of the École normale supérieure, Sorbonne or Sciences Po are sure to engage in deep and meaningful conversation during your date. A first date might well be browsing the bookshelves of Shakespeare and Company before staying on for a poetry reading, so make sure to brush up on your knowledge of 19th-century literature and history.
For the animal lover, you’ll be swiping right on a cute picture that highlights their love for cats or dogs. The first date might involve a trip to the Marché aux oiseaux on Île de la Cité (Place Louis Lépine, Quai de la Corse), where the tweets of thousands of birds fill the flower market and will sow the seeds of romance. Here, you’ll find birds of all colours and species: canaries, budgies and, of course, lovebirds. It’s paradise for animal lover’s on the dating prowl.
Politics will always be their first love, so if you realise this from the very first swipe, you’ll be prepared when they ask about your political leanings. You should be able to identify them based on the activist photos on their profile. If not, you’ll definitely figure it out when they invite you to one of Paris’ many demonstrations, likely on Place de la Republique, which might be the closest you get to a date.
This is probably the best type of Parisian date to find on Tinder—someone who strives to prove that romance isn’t dead. They’ll invite you to a fancy restaurant, suggest escargots à la crème et morilles for a starter—just know there will be snails in there somewhere—and they’ll probably pay the bill. The night will finish with a midnight stroll by the Seine or a cocktail in the Latin Quarter.