The world is full of unconventional things; from hotels to attractions there is plenty to explore that falls a little bit to the left. For many people, food is a perfectly good reason to visit a new country. Pair that with a love of things a bit unusual, and you just might find yourself at any one of these unconventional restaurants around the world.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – The Maldives
When eating near the sea isn’t quite enough, try this amazing underwater restaurant over sixteen feet below sea level. It’s an intimate location, with seating for only 14 people, but it’s sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget. This all glass restaurant serves everything from steak, veal, plenty of gourmet dishes and of course seafood. Through the glass and acrylic casing of the restaurant, you get a clear view into the crystal clear waters around you!
O.NOIR – Toronto, Canada
This Toronto-based restaurant puts a whole new meaning on the idea of a blind date! This might not be the best option for those who are afraid of the dark, but for others it can be quite a memorable experience. While you order your meal in a well-lit bar area, diners are then taken to a dining room that is completely dark, with flashlights, cellphones and luminous watches prohibited in the dining area. For 2 hours, guests are treated to seated service by wait staff that are largely visually impaired. The restaurant serves as a way to bring awareness to the experiences of the visually impaired, with the pitch black dining hall effectively making guests “blind” during the time they’re there.
Cat Café Nekorobi – Tokyo, Japan
For animal lovers, there’s usually not many places you can go and eat alongside animals but this Cat Cafe in Tokyo is quite different! This dimly lit cafe is full of cats roaming the grounds. Here, you can grab coffee, tea, miso soup and so much more. This is one of the best places in the city to come if you’re a cat lover, and can prove extremely relaxing with its laid back vibe.
Dinner In The Sky – Montreal, Canada
If you’re ever headed to Montreal and aren’t afraid of heights, don’t hesitate to try dinner in the sky while you’re there. A concept that start in Belgium, it isn’t for the feint of heart. A table along with diners in securely strapped in dining chairs is hoisted up into the air about 106 feet. This even includes wait staff! Dining so high up means you can look down over the city below (if you can stomach it!)
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