We’ve seen dining in the dark but now it’s time for dining in the nude. Paris has just opened its first naked restaurant, called O’naturel.
France already boasts stacks of beaches, campsites and pools that the public can enjoy in the nude. On Friday its first-ever naked restaurant opened to the public after a successful private dinner reserved exclusively for the Paris Naturist Association on Thursday.
The concepts pretty simple. The restaurant sits just 40 guests and offers fairly standard French dining – think foie gras, steak, and fish. There are also vegan options available.
An Intimate Experience
The layout is that of a normal restaurant, with tables for two placed closely next to one another, meaning you would see the other diners naked bodies making it an intimate experience.
“Tonight, we only had the members of the Paris Naturist Association,” Managers Mike and Stephane Saada told Le Parisien.
“They’ve supported us from the beginning, and we reserved our first soirée for them.”
The pair added that the members were delighted with the experience and it seems they’re not the only ones.
Intrigued at first, the neighbourhood’s residents seem perfectly at ease with the launch of the restaurant, which can be found on rue de Gravelle in the 12th arrondissement.
“It doesn’t bother me at all, or my neighbours,” a man called Mehdi told the newspaper.
“We don’t see anything from the street. We know what’s happening. It’s not a massage parlour.”
Popular Among Locals
And, while it remains to be seen whether Parisians will warm to the idea of naked dining specifically, with more than 2.6 million people in France making nudism a regular habit, it’s certainly a scene that’s becoming increasingly popular.
“We propose you to taste a bistronomic and refined cuisine in a sober and friendly environment,” says the restaurant, offering the “pleasure of dining naked all year […] in the respect of naturist values.’ ‘Whether you are already a naturist or want to try you will be delighted to experience this.”
Reservations are available now for the naked dining experience.
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