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The 10 Most Unusual Restaurants in the World

by Chris Richardson

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Restaurants are our first choice for most occasions. Even when it’s just because you want to grab a bite, restaurant dining is a small celebrating experience on its own. 

However, while a cozy restaurant with tasty food can make for a nice dining experience, there are some restaurants in the world that are simply unforgettable. 

Sometimes it is not all about the pricing or food quality. One thing can make the entire restaurant-dining experience pleasure or hell. But, what I like most of all are those that combine everything, so that you have no doubt which restaurant you’ll visit next time.’’ – says Xavier Heath, a writer.

Knowing all this, would you like to learn what are the most unusual and memorable restaurants in the world? Here are the top 10 we know of:


1. Ithaa Restaurant, Maldives


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The meaning of Ithaa is ‘mother of pearl’. This restaurant takes the first place on our list because of its location, design, and amazing food and service. Built 16 ft. (4.8 m) below the sea level in the wonderful Maldives, this is definitely something to put on your bucket list.

The restaurant seats a maximum of 14 guests at a time. You can reach it by walking down a spiral staircase. Part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali resort, this restaurant will provide you with an unforgettable view of the fish species and the reef.


2. Vertigo Restaurant and Moon Bar, Bangkok


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Are you afraid of heights? If you aren’t, this is a restaurant you must visit! Located at the top of a skyscraper, this restaurant is part of the Banyan Tree Hotel. Featuring a great Sky Bar with an elongated deck, you can enjoy a floating feeling while consuming a cocktail!

3. Vista Restaurant, Cambodia


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Situated in the middle of the Koh Rong Archipelago in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, this restaurant is part of a private hotel. Guests can reach the restaurant by walking over a bridge situated over clear vast ocean water. The famous chefs employed here prepare delicious fresh food by combining Western cuisine and local flavors. 


4. The Disaster Café, Lloret de Mar, Spain


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When you heard the name, what did you first think of? Well, in this case – think earthquakes! The Disaster Café is a marvelous restaurant with an amazing design and an even better idea behind it. Guests who eat here can experience simulated earthquakes with 7.8 Richter scale while being completely safe!

5. The Grotto, Thailand


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The fifth choice on our list is located in Thailand and is also known by a second name – Cave Dining. This name should give you a clear idea as to what its architect opted to achieve. Guests at this restaurant are seated in a cave on the popular Phranang Beach.

Enjoy the impressive view and great service by the Rayavadee resort, even if you are not their guests. The specialty is seafood barbecue.


6. Bird’s Nest Restaurant, Thailand

Bird’s Nest Restaurant, Thailand

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Have you heard of the Soneva Kiri Eco Resort in Thailand? If you haven’t, it is time to look it up! This resort is the home of the Bird’s Nest Restaurant, one of the finest and most unique restaurants in the world.

Those who choose to dine here are amazed by its uniqueness and positioning. Why? Because the restaurant is literally a bird’s nest – with tree nests in actual trees, 16 feet above ground level.

Not only will you enjoy every bit of the food here, but you will surely like the spectacular view from the height, as well. To deliver your meals and drinks, the waiters will use a specially-designed zip line!


7. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives


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Located in North Male Atoll in the Maldives, this private island resort enjoys high popularity and a five-star rating. Its pool sparkles, making for a very exclusive dining experience. Guests of the restaurant can choose to dine on the beach or in the splendid wine cellar, combined with the privacy in the 43 bungalows and top-notch service.


8. The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Philippines


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Located in San Pablo City in the Philippines, this restaurant is a part of the Villa Escudero Resort. Its authentic cuisine is very tasty and rather unique, served on bamboo tables. When people dine here, they soak their feet in the clear water and enjoy the view of a wonderful waterfall that serves as a ‘natural air conditioner.’

Very often, the restaurant hosts traditional music and dance shows.


9. The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar


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Zanzibar is a popular island located in the Indian Ocean. This is a must-visit spot if you enjoy crystal clear water and sandy beaches, since it has a very pleasant climate and many captivating resorts. But, if you do decide to visit this spot, there is one more thing to add to your list – the huge rock called The Rock Restaurant.

You can’t miss it – the rock is positioned right there in the water on the Michanwi Pingwe Beach. You can reach it by canoe, walk, or swim to it. Its appearance isn’t the only reason why people visit this restaurant – the food is amazingly tasty, as well!


10. Ice Restaurant, United Arab Emirates


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The United Arab Emirates is one of the most popular places on Earth, and for many reasons. It is no wonder that one of their restaurants takes a spot on this list – this location is popular for its unique and splendid architecture and design.

Right there in the United Arab Emirates, you can find a restaurant named Ice Restaurant. As its name tells you, this restaurant is fully made of ice! The owners use nothing else but ice for the interior, so you might want to grab a coat and warmer clothing if you decide to visit it.

With the hot climate in the area, this is quite a chilling experience. You might not be able to spend a lot of time in it because of the cold, but it will definitely stick to your memory!


Have these restaurants managed to pique your interest? Go on a culinary and culture vacation to discover more unusual dining places and taste authentic food prepared by skilled chefs!

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