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Finding a cute cafe or restaurant with English-speaking staff is a great way to put yourself in the same room with young English-speaking singles.

Try a coworking café like Craft or Cuillier where expats love to work and hang out.

You’ve Gotta Have App(itude) Let’s just get this one out of the way right off the bat: If you’re a millennial like me, you’ve probably had some experience with dating apps already.

In France, the most popular apps for dating are Tinder, Bumble, and Happn.

After a month of saying yes to any location because I had free time and barely knew anyone here, I limited my dating range: Echo Park to North Hollywood. Geographically, Culver City should be only 25 minutes away, but emotionally, it’s an hour and a half.

These days, asking someone for a date in public is confrontational.

There’s the language barrier and cultural differences to consider, and logistical questions like, “Where do I go to meet people and how do I let them know I’m available?

It didn’t take long for me to learn there was something called “geographic desirability” — and it was often the only compatibility factor that really mattered. Sure, the sprawl limited the awkward run-ins, but it was also lonely. I became too busy to notice what wasn’t happening, because of all the things that were.

When one Santa Monica man found out I lived on the Eastside, he said, “We might as well live in different states. ”Not having a traditional job commute meant I was initially unaware of the problem traffic posed for one’s social life. The year I moved here, I went out with more than 100 men and learned my way around the city, including all the good parking lots to cry in. I moved out of Echo Park and sublet a beautiful bungalow near the Silver Lake Reservoir, replete with citrus trees and a hot tub in the backyard.

I don’t find a huge difference in terms of dating app culture in Paris, North America or the UK.

One thing you should note is that some French people may be intimidated by dating an English speaker.

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