10 Most Unusual Cafes and Restaurants of the World
Eating and drinking in cafes, restaurants and food halls are a common thing to do anywhere when you travel the World. It's sociable, gives us time to try and enjoy different dishes and makes a change from cooking in the kitchen. But these restaurants and cafe bars stand out from the rest of them, why? They are pretty unusual compared to your normal KFC or Chinese restaurants.
Photo by Mike Chiche
Catch Your Own Meals in Japan
Ever thought about the old days when you had to go catch your own fish if you wanted to eat? Same rules apply at many of the Japanese restaurants. They are among the most popular restaurants in Japan and as you walk in you get handed fishing tackle and told to go get what you want. If you can catch it that is! Once caught you hand it over to the staff who then prepare it to how you'd like.
Waterfall restaurant in the Philippines
This place has had allot of media attention recently and no wonder when the picnic tables are emerged under the bottom of a waterfall. Although very pretty, and certainly a cool idea, I'm not sure how you avoid getting soggy chips with the spray of water coming off the waterfall. You are also encouraged to take off your shoes and get as close to the water as possible whilst trying out some typical Filipino dishes.
Active volcano cooking in Lanzarote
Everybody loves a BBQ, there is something about the smoky taste of ribs, steaks and other meats that make this cooking method so popular. El Diablo Restaurant in Lanzarote offers a BBQ of a different kind. Using natural energy from the volcano, which heats food over a grill from a big hole in the ground. From traditional chicken wings, kebabs and fish, there is a good choice in dishes.
Hammock Cafe in Tokyo
The perfect spot if you are needing a well earned rest and a top up in caffeine. The whole cafe is full of hammocks and not a chair in sight. The perfect chill out area to have a cup of tea or coffee. Not only that but if you are so impressed with the style of hammocks you can buy one from their sister company to take home.
Relaxing with cats cafe in China
Cats are renowned for helping us humans to relax, and the effect they have on our lives has been transformed into new ventures that let people who cannot have pets or have the time to look after them, interact with them whilst enjoying a coffee. Over the last few years more and more cat cafes, especially in Japan offer this service.
Invisible dinners in Budapest
The invisible dinners restaurant in Budapest offers a completely different dinning experience, one which is in the dark. An experience which leaves you no option but to use your scent and taste buds and without any visual aid. You order the dish you'd like, wait until the lights go off and then dig in as best you can to the sound of live music.
Pay as much as you want, Vienna
There has been a few venues open to this idea over the past years, maybe due to the economic crisis but it is actually pretty cool. You are in full control as to what you thought the meal was worth. Take the Deewan restaurant in Vienna, an all you can eat, pay as you wish concept which has the place booming every night of the week. They offer a good mix of dishes, vegetarian included.
Dinner in the sky
Although not a fixed restaurant, it is however one which can be set up anywhere in the World. It is exactly what it is named after, a table suspended 50 metes off the floor by a team of professionals. This great concept of offering something unique, really is unique. The table accommodates up to 22 people, offers amazing views from around and has to be my favorite of them all.
Meals on Rails in France
At the Le Train Gourmand restaurant in France, dishes are delivered on mini trains which move round for you to take which dish preferred. The restaurant itself is like been in an art gallery which shows some of the world’s most known artists. The prices are a little heavy but you are guaranteed to take that memorable holiday in France back home with you.
Lunch with an Astronaut, USA
Yes that's right, lunch in America with an actual NASSA astronaut who will give you a talk and in depth insight on life up on Mars! Seriously though, for space fans and those which are fascinated by the thought it is even possible for humans to venture into outer space, the meal is delicious and not too pricey either considering you will be meeting with one of NASSA's main men.