Paris' first naked restaurant to close

The first nudist restaurant in Paris...

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 9:45 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 9:45 AM

The first nudist restaurant in Paris is set to close after just over year of serving classic French dishes to diners in the buff.

O'Naturel, in the French capital's 12th district, will close on February 16, according to a Facebook post from the owners.

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Food and beverage industry

Food and drink

Leisure and lifestyle

Nudists and nudism

Restaurant and food service industry

Restaurant industry

Restaurants

Business closings

Company activities and management

Company locations and facilities

Company strategy

Continents and regions

Europe

France

Paris

Western Europe

Paris travel guide

Twins Mike and Stéphane Saada told the AFP news agency that they were having to close for financial reasons.

In another Facebook post, they called on customers to take advantage of the remaining time.

"Don't hesitate to book now to enjoy a last naked dinner in Paris," it read. "It's now or never."

After opening in November 2017 to great fanfare, the restaurant received rave reviews from customers on Facebook, with an average score of 4.8 out of 5.

Many customers praised both the food and the unique experience after enjoying a naked meal, shielded from passersby by a thick white curtain.

"Great restaurant, futuristic in the audacity of its naturism," wrote Florian Dupuis last August, "promoting the beautiful values of naturism, tolerance and non judgment, living together, all together, as we are, and in osmosis with nature, all natural."

Diners at O'Naturel remove their clothes in a cloakroom, where they also leave their mobile phones for privacy reasons, according to AFP.

And while those eating may be naked, the owners are fully clothed as they serve the food.

"Our role is to put people at ease," said Stéphane in an interview with AFP when the restaurant opened.

"As soon as customers enter the dining room, we accompany them to their table and we reassure them that it's not like the whole room is looking at them."

While local custom wasn't enough to keep O'Naturel afloat, there appears to be growing interest in naturism in France.

A designated nudist zone was launched in the Bois de Vincennes park in August 2017, running for three months before reopening in spring 2018, with the aim of attracting some of the estimated 2.6 million nudists in France.

On May 5 last year, contemporary art gallery Palais de Tokyo opened its doors to naturists for an afternoon of art, uncovered.

Then in June, the city's Nudists Association hosted a giant picnic for naturists.

The event marked the inaugural Parisian Day of Naturism, which the association said it hopes will become an annual event celebrated on the last Sunday in June.

Article Comments

Huntsville
Scattered Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 57°
Florence
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 57°
Fayetteville
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 54°
Decatur
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 55°
Scottsboro
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 55°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Community Events