The Most Unusual Restaurants From Around The World

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Dining has proved to be one of the most important aspects of travelling. No matter how exciting your week-end in Paris was, one innocent breakfast in a shabby snack-bar with no service and cold food might make you hate this city forever, while having a nice dinner in a small cozy family restaurant with a fireplace after spending a day or two on a distant farm somewhere in Missouri, as your car broke down while you were travelling across the country, might leave a bunch of positive emotions and an impressions that this small village with no signs of civilization might actually be the best place on Earth.
No wonder restaurants from all around the world are struggling to attract people’s love with any means possible, and while some of the travelers still value good food, others are looking for some special atmosphere and unique experience as the main aspects of a nice place. Here is the list of the world’s most unusual restaurants that have gone so far in their desire to stand out of the crowd that they will hardly leave you indifferent.

1. Waterfall Restaurant, Quezon province, Philippines

Escudero-Waterfall-Restaurant

Being the part of a Villa Escudero resort in the city of San Pablo, Waterfall Restaurant is probably the only public place in the world (in civilized society at least) where you can eat, admire the beautiful views around and … wash your feet at the same time.
The local Philipino food is being served on bamboo tables at the foot of a real waterfall, so those sitting at the tables closest to the cascading water might take a shower as well.


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Taking shower while having lunch

Unusual restaurant waterfall Philippines

Sounds good for those who like being closer to nature (primitive beach bars or restaurants in the middle of the rainforest will hardly impress anyone), and it is definitely a perfect decision for hot sultry days, which is quite common for these places.

2. Mazoch café, Lviv, Ukraine

unusual restaurants mazoch cafe lviv

This famous restaurant, named after the well-known Lviv writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (you are definitely familiar with the term masochism), is the place where you will hardly want to have a breakfast with your kids. The provocative theme and intimate atmosphere with the dim red lights and women’s corset shaped chairs will be a good choice to have a late dinner in a company of close friends.

S&M dinner

Mazoch café Lviv

The bull’s testicles fried in oil is only one of the things the local menu will impress you with, and the nicely dressed waitresses will handcuff or whip you if you are willing so (just do not be surprised if your friends share the video on the web next day). When you are leaving the place do not forget to deep your hand into Leopold’s pocket, there will be a surprise waiting for you!

3. Restaurant in the Sky, Brussels, Belgium

Restaurant in the Sky, Brussels, Belgium

This place, or rather an attraction, is not a good idea for those afraid of height. While all the safety procedure are strictly obeyed (you are literally tied to a chair, like in a real rollercoaster) not everyone will be in the mood for a nice dinner on the height of 150 feet. This risky idea of starting the restaurant above the city was first suggested by a Belgian entrepreneur David Ghysles in 2004, now restaurants of the same type are gaining more and more recognition practically all around the world, becoming a popular venue for business dinners, fancy parties and must-visits for the ordinary tourists.


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In the clouds

restaurant in the sky brussels belgium

In addition to extravagant delicious food and drinks (the prices are even higher than the restaurant itself) you will receive the beautiful view and emotions you will hardly ever forget. Just do not forget to check the weather forecast before booking a table, otherwise the fancy dinner might turn into Survivor reality show.

4. Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China

Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China

Another must visit for those who think that eating on the ground is too primitive is the Cave restaurant in China. To get to your table you will have to experience some shock first (just to get prepared for the dinner itself): the restaurant opens with a simple brick building which leads you to a 30 meter-long narrow bridge. In the end you find yourself in a huge dining hall caved into a cliff, with some parts of it literally hanging over the ground on the height of several hundred meters.

On the edge

Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China

At this point make sure to take a deep breath, order a nice meal (with a bottle of champagne) and start enjoying the view of the Yangtze river flowing below. In case it does not impress you enough, you may try bungee jumping, the platform is not far from the restaurant.

5. Monkey Restaurant, Japan

Monkey Restaurant, Japan

We all know how even the best and most expensive restaurant may leave a bad impression if the service is poor (angry waitress, slow barmen or dirty table is doubtfully what you are expecting to see in a good place). Well, the owner of this restaurant should hardly worry about the quality of the service: who on Earth would get mad for having to wait for a drink too long if the one responsible for delivering drinks is … a monkey.

Monkey business

unusual monkey restaurant japan

Kaoru Otsuka, the owner of this unusual restaurant, says he never really meant teaching the monkeys to take orders and bring food, it was merely their own desire. Kaoru owns two macaque monkeys now: Yat-chan (the most experienced one) takes orders and brings drinks, and Fuku-chan, who still holds the junior position and is responsible for bringing hot towels to the customers. If you are a Greenpeace activist stop panicking: the monkeys are working for only two hours a day, and seems they are pretty happy about that.

6. Opaque, California, USA

unusual restaurant opaque california dining in the dark

This is a place of a principally different type. While others are looking for the craziest ways to attract your attention and make you buy food in this particular restaurant (dining on the edge of the cliff, being served by a monkey in a fancy suite or handcuffed to a chair by a cute waitress), here you are offered to concentrate on your basic senses. The idea of the restaurant is quite simple: you are eating in complete darkness and being served by legally blind people.

In the darkness

Opaque, California, USA

The author of this conception believes that limiting other senses helps to enhance the taste of the food and enjoy it to its fullest. It might seem quite challenging to eat with a knife and a fork without seeing anything, but, on the other hand, who will notice if you drop the utensils and eat with your fingers? That is another way to enhance the taste of the food everyone is secretly practicing at home!

7. Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China

Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China

Robots greeting guests at the entrance to the restaurant, robots cooking, serving meals and bussing the tables? This is neither a script for some science fiction movie nor a dream from the future. The restaurant hiring 20 robots has opened in June, 2012, and is now one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in Harbin, China.

Service of the future

unusual restaurant robot harbin china

Robots are doing practically all the job in the restaurant, accept for taking the orders (their human colleagues might be better at this). One might think that it is a good way to save money not having to pay salary to the staff of 20 people, but if you are planning on opening your own place don’t get too excited: the cheapest of the robots costs over $30 000, so you should probably hire someone cheaper to serve your customers (see the monkey idea above).

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