Nudist Eatery In Paris Closing, But Interest In Naturism Strong

Nudist Eatery In Paris Closing, But Interest In Naturism Strong

James Kirk 1 week ago

O’Naturel, the first nudist restaurant in Paris is closing after just over a year of serving classic French dishes to naked diners.

The restaurant, in the French capital's 12th district, will shut down on February 16, according to a Facebook post from the owners. But there is a renewed interest in such places – other nudist establishments are opening in France

The owners, twins Mike and Stéphane Saada, said they were shutting down for financial reasons.

In another Facebook post, they called on customers to take advantage of the restaurant before it closes.

"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 buzz and excitement, the restaurant received high marks from customers on Facebook, with an average score of 4.8 out of 5.

Many customers commended both the food and the unique experience after enjoying a naked meal, shielded from passers-by 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 a story on CNN.com.

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  when the restaurant opened.

While local business wasn't enough to keep O'Naturel running, 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, with the goal 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 in the buff.

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

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