This Blog is written by STA Travel Intern Carin Bystrom.
Dinner is the perfect time for you and your mates to sit back and relax, enjoy each others company, and simply enjoy life. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t mix it up a bit. Dinner doesn’t need to be dull and below are 12 incredible places that prove it.
Calico Cat Café, Tokyo, Japan
Not a cat person? Then I’d carry on to the next suggestion if I were you. Calico Cat Café is situated in the busy district Shinjyuku in Tokyo. This café is designed for cat lovers; the concept is built on the idea that visitors enjoy sipping their lattés while snuggling up next to a friendly cat for company.
Once you arrive you are free to order your own food or drinks or even some cat food in order to lure a few of the 50+ cats over to you.
Image courtesy of MsSaraKelly on Flickr.
Waterfall Restaurant, The Philippines
This restaurant is located in the heart of the tropics at the Villa Escudero Resort in The Philippines. It sits right smack at the bottom of a huge waterfall where clear spring water literally washes over your feet whilst dining. Perfect for delicious local dishes with a beautiful backdrop.
Twin Stars Diner, Moscow, Russia
The only place where you can take advantage of a true ever-lasting 2 for 1 deal. In an effort to try to attract new customers, a restaurant owner in Moscow created a new business idea – of only employing identical twins, both wearing identical outfits as staff. The concept was inspired by a 1964 Soviet film apparently. Weird.
Dinner in the Sky, Brussels, Belgium
This could be one of the most exhilarating meals of your life, unless you’re scared of heights of course… Dinner in the sky is exactly what it sounds like, one dining table full of people, strapped in and hoisted up by a crane 50 meters into the sky, table and waiters an’ all.
Ithaa Restaurant, Maldives
This is the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa is located 5 meters below sea level in the Maldives, and as you can imagine, the experiences comes complete with a view it would be hard to top. Expect panoramic underwater views of coral and brightly coloured fish, all with a luxurious selection of options on the menu.
Image courtesy of EdRalph on Flickr.
El Diablo, Spain
A volcanic hole is used to prepare the food at this restaurant, so not exactly standard cooking proceedure. A grill is placed over the opening of a giant hole, where 6 feet below bubbling lava rests at 400 degrees. Don’t worry, it maybe a weird dining experience, but it’s not dangerous, the volcano has been dormant since 1824!
Yellow Tree house Café, Auckland, New Zealand
The Yellow Tree House restaurant is cocoon shaped and built around a 40 meter high redwood tree. You’ll access your table via an elevated path high into the canopy. At night, the restaurant and pathway leading to it, light up, making it all very romantic. Ahhhhhh.
Cabbages and Condoms, Bangkok, Thailand
Devour some classic Thai dishes all under the carefully placed decor of, errrr, condoms. The restaurant is decorated with condoms from all over the world, and instead of mints after your meal you are given condoms. It’s not all a gimmick though, the concept goes a bit deeper than that, as all proceeds go towards local sex education and AIDS prevention organisations.
Modern Toilet, Taipei, Taiwan
Modern Toilet is a bathroom themed chain which is based in Taipei, Taiwan. The restaurant decor is based on items from your bathroom. You’ll sit on actual toilet seats while taking a bite out of your bathtub formed dish. There’s not denying its an, erm, ‘unique’ dining experience.
Image courtesy of riNux on Flickr.
Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, Dani Beach, Kenya
This restaurant is a must do if you are in Dani, the small restaurant is hosted in a limestone and coral cave which gets illuminated by tiny hidden lights all along the wall. The open air restaurant is right on the beach front too – what else could you ask for?
Lainiao Snow Village, Lapland, Finland
In Lapland above the Arctic Circle lays a true gem, a restaurant made entirely of ice. Though cold, this experience is definitely one of a kind. The venue is kept between -2 and -5 degrees Celsius at all times, so can enjoy some authentic Lapland cuisine, but be sure not to forget the vodka (purely to keep you warm in the chilly setting of course!)
Alice Fantasy Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan
Based on the book Alice in Wonderland this themed restaurant has tea cup shaped tables, a giant clock, and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party room. Knock on the hardcover book at the entrance and be transported through the rabbit hole into Alice’s world!