More often than not, when you ask someone about their trip abroad, they would almost always talk about their dining experiences, more so than anything else. These unique dining adventures can range from eating inside a cave to dining with the company of lions and giraffes – all of them a far cry from our usual Thursday night fares at Chipotles or In-N-Out Burger. The below lists the 13 most unique dining experiences outside of the US that you must really visit before you die.
1. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant In Kenya
This restaurant is set inside a cave and is lit entirely by candlelight and stars.
2. The Green Dragon Pub in “Hobbiton”, New Zealand
This a place for the true Lord of the Rings fan. The pub is modeled after the studio set featured in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy as the local meeting place for all the residents of Hobbiton – the perfect place to satisfy their thirst, enjoy a meal and gossip about the comings and goings of The Shire. For all you weary travellers, this is a place to drink, a place to meet, a place to rest your hairy feet.
3. Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Villa Escudero Resort, The Philippines
4. El Diablo, Lanzarote, Spain
Nestled on top of a volcano, your meal is cooked over the natural heat from the volcano.
5. The Rock Restaurant, Michamvi Pingue, Zanzibar
The Rock Restaurant rises on a rock not far from the shores of the beautiful Michanwi Pingwe beach, and it gives diners a complete 360 degree view of the Indian Ocean.
6. Snowcastle of Kemi, Finland
The SnowCastle of Kemi is the biggest snow fort in the world. It is rebuilt every winter with a different architecture in Kemi, Finland. Diners can enjoy both hot and cold drinks and meals – all nestled inside a room where temperature is controlled at -5 degree celcius or 23 degrees fahrenheit.
7. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives
Dine 5 meters beneath ocean level and wonder about the perspectives of reef and marine life.
8. Giraffe Manor, Langata, Kenya
Giraffe Manor is a small hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, where guests share the grounds with a herd of resident endangered Rothschild giraffes. The wild animals often visit guests in the morning and evening, poking their long necks through the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
9. Silfra Restaurant and Northern Lights Bar, Ion Hotel, Iceland
Named after the Silfra rift in Lake Þingvellir – a very popular diving site in Iceland, not just because it is the “crack” between the American and Eurasian continents but also because of the magnificent visibility that isn’t anywhere else under those circumstances.
10. Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy
Dine with fresh seafood while soaking in the stunning scenery of rocks and caves overlooking the sea.
11. Sarnic Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey
A cistern is a waterproof receptacle, built to catch and store rainwater. In Istanbul, Turkey, this thousand-year-old cistern features high domes supported on six stone piers situated at the top of the hill at the end of the row of small hotels in the narrow street immediately behind St. Sophia.
12. Soneva Kiri Resort, Koh Kood, Thailand
Guests at the Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood, Thailand are invited to experience Treepod dining. Guests are seated in a bamboo pod after being hoisted up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. You can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline while your food and drink is delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of your personal waiter.
13. Sounds of Silence, Ayers Rock, Uluru, Australia
Dine under the canopy of the desert night with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A resident star talker decodes the southern night sky, locating the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible throughout the night.