What’s better than a great meal? A great experience to go along with it. If you thought that a seven course meal or hibachi grill were exotic, then these will absolutely blow you away.
From an underwater dining room to a restaurant made entirely out of ice, these places offer both amazing food and impressive views. Make sure to add them all to your travel bucket list!
O’Naturel Naked Restaurant, Paris
Paris is the city of love, fashion and now, dining in the nude. O’naturel — French capital’s first nudist restaurant opened last year and it’s quickly becoming one of the city’s most popular experiences. If letting it all hang out is something you’ve always wanted to do, then this is a place you must try at least once in your life. Upon entering, diners are presented with a list of rules outlining what is expected of them in terms of behavior (because, people act out in public) and then clothes must be left in the cloakroom along with mobile phones and cameras.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Deep dive dining? A unique concept that is offered at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad resort in the Maldives. The restaurant, which sits below over 16 feet of water, offers an experience and views of sea life direct from the Little Mermaid. And the best part about it? No wetsuit and snorkels are required. Though it’s a bit pricey, eating a six-course meal at Ithaa is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison Restaurant, South Africa
Once home to South Africa’s liberation icon Nelson Mandela, you’re sure to be in for a fantastic experience at Cape Town’s Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. While some of South Africa’s most dangerous criminals are held in Pollsmoor Prison, you’ll feel right at home with their hospitality and service. The inmates cook and serve you lunch in the Pollsmoor Prison Restaurant ‘Idlanathi’ which means ‘eat with us’. And that’s just what you’ll do in this unique dining experience. Attend on your own, or on an Airbnb Experience, which also takes inside Mandela’s final prison home.
Dinner In The Sky, Dubai (and worldwide)
Overcome your fear of heights by having “Dinner in the Sky” at this dining concept that uses a crane to hoist the table, diners and staff 150 feet into the air. The gastronomical experience that can last for up to eight hours – operates in more than 40 different countries, so you’ll have plenty of options to try this when you travel abroad. Up to 22 people can fit around the table and catering is included for an additional cost (though guests do have the option to arrange their own catering).
Dans le Noir, London
Are you afraid of the dark? Well, you’ll shake that fear by having your senses heightened during this culinary experience that has guests sitting entirely in the dark and waited on by hosts and waiters who are visually impaired. The restaurant hopes to change its guests’ perspective on the world “by inverting” their point of view. There is no set menu, but instead, guests are asked to choose from one of the four “Surprise Menus,” which include the White (a mix of seafood and meat), Red (meat), Blue (fish) and Green (vegetarian) Menus. The bartender will also prepare a surprise cocktail or pair a surprise wine to match exactly what you’re eating that evening.
Robot Restaurant, Tokyo
Robots are no longer the future at The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo. Here, bikini-clad troupes of drummers and a robot show overflowing with lasers, drums, battling women, cyborgs, and way out costumes, in what will remind you of your favorite childhood cartoon (this is the future that you thought we’d have in the Jetson’s). The menu is limited to a choice of three bento boxes, however, so anticipate a limited menu for your dining experience.
SnowCastle Restaurant, Kemi, Finland
Ever wanted to visit a castle? Here, you can — but there’s one catch: the restaurant is situated inside the SnowCastle, which has been dubbed the largest snow fort in the world. Open from January until mid-April, the entire restaurant is made entirely of snow and ice made from seawater. Set dinner-menu options are available and even cater to vegans and vegetarians. Both the SnowCastle and SnowCastle Restaurant are rebuilt every winter to accommodate for the weather (because, melting can happen!).
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