The passion for good food is something that unites travelers from all over the world. Whether Italian, French, American, European, or Asian, the average tourist loves to learn and experience the historical and artistic wonders of the countries they visit, as well as the culinary tradition, a distinctive element that truly reflects the culture of a country. That’s why almost everyone prefers to eat in the city’s typical places when traveling.
However, even when it comes to restaurants and cafes, we are very selective and let ourselves be fascinated only by the most evocative and specific places. But which are the strangest and most specific restaurants in the world worth visiting? Let’s find that out in our list of the 5 craziest restaurants in the world!
5. Barbie Cafe, Taiwan
In fifth place, we find the Barbie Cafe in Taiwan. The name of the most famous and sold doll on the earth is enough to realize what the theme of the place is. Needless to say, the predominant color is pink and everything inside recalls the universe created by Mattel (you will find giant posters of Barbie, Ken, and all their friends). The ladies who sit at the tables will feel like kids again.
4. DS Music Restaurant, Taiwan
A bit higher on the list is the DS Music Restaurant, also located in Taiwan. The medical-themed restaurant will fascinate you due to the surreal context that characterizes it. You will be seated in comfortable wheelchairs and drinks will be served in giant syringes by beautiful “nurses”. But, don’t be impressed by the location because the food is exquisite and has nothing to do with that served in hospital canteens. Trust me, eating at DS is a blast!
3. Vampire Cafe, Japan
On the lowest step of the podium is the Vampire Cafe, located in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. It’s probably because their culture is totally different from ours, the reason that eating at Vampire Cafe is not the right thing for everyone. Between walls smeared with blood and mutilated corpses scattered all over the place, dining in such a context will be impossible for the faint of heart. Anyway, the “vampire theme” earned the cafe the bronze medal.
2. Heart Attack Grill, United States
After listing the oddities that make the Japanese unique, let’s analyze the typical American extremism of the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. In this restaurant, you will be able to taste America’s deadliest sandwich (ironically called “quadruple bypass burger”), stuffed with a disproportionate amount of bacon.
1. Medici Fortress, Italy
Surprisingly, the craziest restaurant in the world is located in Italy. The restaurant of the Medici Fortress in the municipality of Volterra wins the gold medal and takes first place on our list. The specificity of the restaurant is not that much the location, which is already wonderful by itself, as the fact that it is actually managed by the criminals from the maximum-security prison created within the Medici fortress. In fact, since 2006, the prison administrators have started a rehabilitation program that contributed to the revaluation of the fortress as a tourist attraction and, at the same time, allowed the prisoners to commit their time constructively. Given the results obtained so far (the place is always full), it seems they had a brilliant idea.