This quirky, new restaurant is named O’naturel and is located at 9 Rue de Gravelle in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. After a successful trial with local naturists on Thursday, it’s now open to the public.
‘Tonight, we only had the members of the Paris Naturist Association. They’ve supported us from the beginning, and we reserved our first soirée for them,’ say restaurant managers Mike and Stéphane Saada, as reported in Le Parisien newspaper.
The restaurant can seat up to 40 guests, all requested to kindly leave their clothes in the wardrobe before entering the dining room. Meals are reasonably priced at around €30 a head.
‘It doesn’t bother me at all, or my neighbours,’ a man called Mehdi told the paper. ‘We don’t see anything from the street. We know what’s happening. It’s not a massage parlour.’
The naturist scene in Paris is clearly in full swing, with Paris officials opening the city’s first nudist park in the Bois des Vincennes back in August.
While the park recently closed for winter, there is still a public pool on offer, where Parisian naturists can dump their swim suits up to three times a week.
In total, there are some 460 spots reserved for naked enjoyment in France, including 155 camping spots and 73 beaches. More than 2.6 million people in France have made nudism a regular habit, according to the France 4 Naturisme association, making the idea of a nudist restaurant a logical addition.
Naturist restaurants have proven very popular in other world capitals, like The Bunyadi nudist restaurant in London.