Paris has a very natural addition to its dining scene with the opening of its first nudist restaurant on Friday.
O’naturel seats 40 people at a time and diners are asked to fully undress in a coatcheck room before being shown to their table. The restaurant is on a residential street away from the tourist hotspots, the curtains are always closed and an interior blackout curtain ensures diners’ privacy when the door opens.
The restaurant already has the approval of the Paris Nudist Association who were the first to experience the restaurant before the official opening. “They supported our initiative from the beginning”, the restaurant managers told Le Parisien. “We booked them for the first night and apparently they are very happy with the result.”
For hygiene reasons, the waiters and chefs do keep their clothes on and serve up a gourmet menu that includes shredded whiting, duck foie gras, escargots and crème brûlée. It’s unclear from the reviews so far whether any precautions have been taken to avoid potentially painful spillages to diners.
The team behind the restaurant hope it will be more successful than London’s short-lived nude restaurant Bunyadi. Although the pop-up had more than 40,000 pre-bookings and a huge waitlist, it has been closed since August 2016 and is in the middle of raising funding to open again as a private members club. There are also plans to open a Bunyadi Parisian branch.
O’naturel is already in a good spot; its location in the 12th arrondissement puts it close to Bois de Vincennes park, which has a dedicated naturist spot and a swimming pool with a regular nudist nights. France has long been a top destination for nudists and there is a drive amongst some in the community to get younger people interested in the lifestyle.
Ardent naturists or even just curious diners can book a table online. O’naturel is open from Tuesday to Saturday with main courses and fixed price menus available.