Wacky, impressively beautiful, or just plain wacky… This is our range of 12 unusual places to eat on the planet!
Have you ever had lunch at a restaurant set on a stone in the middle of the sea? In a salt mine? In the air, on a stage raised by a crane? Away from the neighborhood bistro, go from the ordinary and concentrate on creativity with our listing of odd places to eat on the planet.
Incredible and confusing experiences that alone could justify a trip?
1- The Rock Restaurant, Michamvi Pingwe, Zanzibar
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Why not swim to your own lunch? That is what The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar offers. Perched on a rock in the center of the water, it provides a breathtaking view and elegant cuisine with Tanzanian influences. But it’s in how that you reach it that its creativity lies. Walking in the water, swimming, on a paddle… You’re on an island in the Indian Ocean and you can not feel more on vacation! This charming place is also a fantastic place for a romantic lunch.
2 – Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy
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A candlelight dinner at a restaurant on the Italian coast is currently a dream come true. So imagine that this one carved into a cliff, overlooking the Adriatic Sea? Place in a cave in the village of Polignano a Mare in Apulia, the Grotta Palazzese is among the most beautiful and unusual places to eat on the planet.
The establishment invites you to float to the noise of the waves crashing on the rock. The Italian cuisine is traditional, with fresh seafood and an extensive wine list. To prolong the experience, spend a night in one of the rooms of the adjoining resort!
3- Sounds of Silence, Ayers Rock, Australia
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Can not stand the hustle and bustle of the city? Never mind, we’ll take You to the quietest restaurant on the planet. In the center of the Australian desert in Yulara, just the sound of the didgeridoo may disturb your peace and quiet.
Here, the sunsets are breathtaking and the bush tucker cuisine Typical of the Aborigines is yummy. Dance performances immerse you in this traditional culture. After dinner, under starry skies, you will get expert advice on the best way best to spot the southern hemisphere’s constellations.
4- Snowland’s Igloo Restaurant, Rovaniemi, Lapland
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For a dinner in the fresh air, visit the land of Santa Claus! Put on Your beautiful comforter and prepare for a true adventure. Nestled amidst the snow-covered pines of Lapland, Snowland’s Igloo Restaurant looks like an Ice Palace. In the bar to the chairs and tables, everything is carved from blocks of ice.
Take your camera, but keep your gloves shut by: it is -10° C in the room. The illuminated ice sculptures and fairly sparkling candles warm up the air somewhat. However, it’s largely about the plate that you overlook the temperature. Smoking soup, local reindeer, and fish specialties, the flavor experience is delicious. To be sure that you don’t spoil anything, we provide you a drink when you arrive!
5- Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
If you are claustrophobic, this restaurant is a place to forget. For Others, this adventure at 125 meters deep is well worth the detour! Situated in a former salt mine, the restaurant l’Auberge des Mineurs (Miners Tavern) in Wieliczka delivers light and affordable Polish cuisine… cooked with salt in the mine of course!
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is just one of Poland’s major tourist attractions and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. It would be a shame not to see it!
6- The Bustronome, London (and Paris)
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Forget the traditional sightseeing bus tour to see London’s monuments. Even better, have a seat on board… for dinner! This scenic and gastronomic tour guarantees you an exceptional experience. From the comfort of your chair on the top deck, you will enjoy an unbelievable view through the Imperial Bus’ glass roof. The town’s major sights pass before your eyes as you savor excellent Franco-British cuisine. Terrific chefs are officiating for the best pleasure of your own palate. Best tried in the day, once the lights of town give it its very best finery. Little info: the Bustronome also exists in Paris.
7- Dans le Noir ? , Paris, France
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Didier Roche, in his forties, lost his sight at the age of six at a common accident. It was he who created the idea of this Dans le Noir restaurant. The principle? To consume while being completely immersed in darkness. The other senses are then awakened and you end up losing your bearings. The menu is a surprise (imagining what you eat is part of the experience, and it is not straightforward!) And served by blind men and women. This sensory and convivial adventure is now available in a number of countries, but the first restaurant is in Paris, in the 4th arrondissement.
8- Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Rangali Island, Maldives
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Enjoy a tasty meal somewhere about five meters below sea level… It is possible in the Maldives! The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant serves gourmet cuisine at the depths of the Indian Ocean. Your table neighbors are only multicolored fish, manta rays, sharks, and barracudas.
On the plate, Maldivian rice, perfectly spiced sea fish and lobster, Coconut, curry, pistachios, vanilla, or ginger… The Ithaa Undersea is part of the Hilton Maldives Resort and Spa and is well worth a visit on a visit to the Maldives.
9- Dinner in the Sky, Brussels, Belgium
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You have not heard of Dinner in the Sky yet? Born in Brussels in 2006, This unusual and gourmet notion is now being exported throughout the world. Seated on a platform that can seat 22 guests, a crane lifts you to get a meal at the air, perched 50 meters above the ground.
The dishes are cooked on the spot and in front of you by a starred chef. From up there, the quality of the dishes is only equaled by the scenic view of the city of Brussels. Each year, internationally renowned chefs take turns to provide their customers with an exceptional experience.
10- Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, San Pablo, Philippines
Lunch with your toes in the water, what a refreshing idea! Located On the edge of a fantastic little waterfall, the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant provides a distinctive natural environment. The tables are made from bamboo, we’ve got lunch with our toes tickled by the crystalline water. No need to get a mister, the drops of water coming from the waterfall are sufficient to soften the atmosphere.
In this enchanting setting, you can enjoy a traditional Filipino buffet while watching the birds and the local flora. Dance and music performances are usually exhibited. This original establishment is situated in the Philippines, in the Villa Escudero Plantations & Resorts resort complex, built on ancient rice plantations.
11- Ninja New York, New York, USA
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In New York, waiters aren’t very traditional! At least, not those In the New York Ninja Restaurant. For to one of the most unusual places to eat in the world, you need to have an elevator which takes you to an underground Japanese village. There, the tables are laid out in tiny passages and nooks and crannies.
Dressed as Japanese warriors, the waiters greet you in the manner of Samurai and deliver your dish with a few facetious acrobatics. Do not panic: they’re friendly and just think of surprising you with their pranks. Japanese cuisine is delicious.
12- Vertigo Restaurant and Moon Bar, Bangkok
Eating your meal on top of a skyscraper can quickly become exhilarating. Both located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel, the Vertigo Restaurant, and Moon Bar provide a 360° view of the Thai capital.
Wherever you look, the view is splendid. The shape of the restaurant Is unique: its elongated bridge, which overhangs the construction, gives the impression of flying over the city! To top it all off, the cocktails are delicious and the menu is well stocked. It’s chic, it is expensive, But you are on one of the greatest rooftops in the world!