But the rule almost everywhere else in Europe is: don't.
In most countries, the man may offer to pay the bill but he wouldn't automatically be offended if the woman suggested splitting the bill, or paying for the drinks or some other aspect of the ‘date', such as cinema or theatre tickets.
The dating game can be hard enough in your home country, and even trickier if you're navigating an international dating scene without knowing how the game is played.
Here's a guide to take you through your first Euro date.
In France and Spain it's not unusual for a man to call/text/email a lot – it just means he's interested.To gather real accounts of the European dating scene, last year we asked around 500 (mostly, but not exclusively, heterosexual) expats living in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland a series of up-close and personal questions about themselves, their relationships and their sex lives.Of course, every relationship is different and how yours develops will depend on who you both are and the chemistry between you.In France, Germany and Belgium, it's common for the man to ask a woman out, but in Switzerland, the men can be a little reserved so women might want to give them a nudge.For French men, it's all about the chase, and playing ‘hard to get' is part of the game.In Germany, couples don't start with formal dating either and it's only after a series of informal meetings – walks, dinner, cinema, theatre – that they might start being seen as a ‘couple'.It's also common for couples to keep the fact that they're an item to themselves.A French man or Spaniard might tell you he loves you after only a few weeks but don't panic: It usually just means ‘I really like you'.Women can say it back to a man with the same meaning – it doesn't mean you should be moving in together or planning a wedding any time soon.If a woman shows too much interest too soon, she may scare a man away.As in France, a game of chase and refusal must take place before any form of ‘date' will materialise.