He is at the is filled with slightly nervous-looking patrons, mostly in their twenties and early thirties. An unusually high number have come by themselves, but that’s normal.
They’re here for a speed-dating session: thirty minutes and five new encounters later, the participants in that night’s session will hopefully get one step closer to finding the one.
Les Salons du Louvre, a trendy loft-bar a few meters from the museum of the same name, is packed with beautiful, jet-setting Parisians in their late twenties and thirties.
Basking in a red glow, they’re chatting away, enjoying the buffet and sipping all-you-can-drink champagne that’s available from seven until nine.
‘It’s a way to lend a hand to destiny,’ explains thirty-year-old Martin. ‘You have to know what you’re looking for in a partner,’ he adds.
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You can eat, drink and dance for fifteen euros (£13.45), whereas you usually have to pay ten euros (£8.95) just for a drink during a regular evening.’ It’s almost 11. Afterworks are a good way to relax without coming home too late.’All work and no play would make the French dull students At 11 pm, a similar is taking place on the Concorde Atlantique, but for a younger clientele. It’s the first time the owners of the bar organise an afterschool. That’s not bad for a night in Paris,’ the art student says.
Chloe and Olivier have to queue for more than twenty minutes to get their coats. They’re in their late twenties and came from Bretagne for a weekend getaway in Paris. The concept is the same: a buffet, one drink included in the entry fee and a party that ends early so students can hit their classes the next day, hangover-free.'Ten euros is not bad for a night in Paris'At Héloise’s eighteenth birthday, she’s received a bottle of champagne on the house to drink with her friends. ‘It’s a very Parisian thing to do,’ explains 22-year-old Guillaume, who came to Paris from Normandy to study commerce.
Rules: don’t exchange phone numbers or ask if your partner wants to see you again Before heading to , I was nervous because I was afraid the place would be filled with, well (I’ll be honest), losers. A wandering journalist’s heart mustn’t become enamoured.
But no, it was full of young, handsome professionals. After half an hour, we move to the bar next door; the post-speed-dating atmosphere is awkward. As the sun greets us, we head to café Georges V for a hot chocolate.
Each party is organized so singles meet up to 25 people in a string of three-minute dates.