Around the world, almost every country has restaurants with amazing local cuisine. When you travel, it’s always fun to dine at these restaurants. But some restaurants are unlike any other. From the way they’re built, to how they serve their customers, some restaurants offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
We’ve compiled a list of these restaurants, so you don’t miss them the next time you’re traveling. If you’re a food connoisseur, grab your pink suitcase and head out to one of the restaurants on this list today.
Ithaa Restaurant - Maldives
In the local language, Ithaa means ‘Mother of Pearl’. Every year, thousands of tourists come to Ithaa for the dining experience of a lifetime. The Ithaa Restaurant is built entirely underwater while the walls are made of glass. That means while you’re enjoying your meal, you can look out at a vast, underwater world and see all kinds of fascinating marine life swim by.
What’s most intriguing about the restaurant is that it wasn’t built to last. Due to its underwater architecture, the restaurant will only be around for another decade or so, so pack your large luggage and head to Maldives to experience the Ithaa Restaurant while you still can. The menu features food from European and Asian cultures, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Vertigo Restaurant - Bangkok
Bangkok is already a very popular tourist destination, with hundreds of restaurants that visitors can dine at. Vertigo stands above all of them, quite literally. The restaurant sits atop a skyscraper, several stories above other local eateries. In fact, it is one of the highest points in the city. Eating at the Vertigo is a truly incredible experience, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
If you’re afraid of heights, this restaurant may not be the one for you. Featuring a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining experience, you can look out while you enjoy your food to get a complete birds eye view of the rest of the city. The restaurant also features The Moon Bar, where guests can enjoy a wide variety of fancy cocktails and beverages.
Lodging in Bangkok ranges from expensive, fancy hotels to small chalets, so book a room and leave your trunk luggage behind before you make your way to the peak of the city at Vertigo Restaurant.
Grotta Palazzese - Italy
Italian food is loved all around the world, from pastas to pizza and so much more. Every year, tourists flock to Italy to experience authentic Italian cuisine. While there are numerous restaurants across Italy that you can enjoy, none are quite like the Grotta Palazzese. Polignano a Mare is a tiny village that sits on the coast of Italy. It is known for its limestone caves. Tourists can explore these caves, and even take pictures.
But the most fascinating part is that Grotta Palazzese is built into one such cave. The restaurant has been serving guests since the 1700s, and it’s still very popular today. Pack up your trunk luggage and visit Polignano a Mare today.
Snow Castle Restaurant - Finland
Have you ever dreamed of dining in a castle carved entirely from ice and snow? Well, In Finland, you don’t have to dream about it. Everything in the Snow Castle Restaurant is made entirely of snow and ice, including the table you eat on, and the cups you drink from. The castle was built in 1996, in the Finnish town of Kemi. The castle offers a unique experience every time you visit. That’s because each year, portions of the restaurant will melt away in the summer, and are rebuilt using fresh ice and snow in the winter.
The castle also features a chapel, where couples can get married in a chilly winter wonderland. If you’re looking to stay warm, enjoy a nice hot beverage while you’re there, and don’t forget to pack large luggage full of warm clothes before you go.
The Rock Restaurant - Zanzibar
Located in the shallow waters of Michanwi Pingwe beach in Zanzibar, is a large rugged mass of rock. And atop this rock, sits the aptly named ‘Rock Restaurant. The restaurant is surrounded by serene blue waters, and overlooks a beach made of white sand. There is a path from the sand to the rock that visitors can walk across, or they can travel to the restaurant in a canoe. The Rock Restaurant is known for serving some of the most delicious seafood in all of Zanzibar. You can sit outside and enjoy the calm breeze and warm sun while you have your meal. Pack your pink suitcase and visit Zanzibar this summer, for an experience you won’t forget.
The Grotto - Thailand
The local eatery, referred to by locals as ‘Cave Dining’, is located on the Phranang Beach within a limestone cave. The elegant Rayavadee resort's romantic restaurant is available to anybody who wants to savor the fresh, delectable food and stunning surroundings. The restaurant is known for its seafood barbecue buffet, but they only serve it on special occasions, so you may need to plan accordingly.
The Grotto offers delicious dessert options and light refreshments in a stunning location where you can feel the soft sand beneath your feet and take in the view of the ocean just outside. Any time of day, it's a lovely location to enjoy a nice meal, or just relax with friends. If you’d like to take home souvenirs from Thailand, consider taking large luggage, so you don’t run out of space.
The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant - Philippines
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine at the bottom of a crashing waterfall? Well, that’s exactly what you can do at the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant. Enjoy authentic Filipino cuisine while you eat on hand carved bamboo tables. While you eat, the water from the surrounding waterfall will rinse your feet, making for a unique, relaxing experience. At the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, you can even enjoy traditional Filipino music and live theatrical performances.
The surrounding area is also perfect for hiking and bird watching. The hotels in the Philippines are affordable, so leave your trunk luggage in your hotel room and head out to the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant to experience dining like never before.
Bird’s Nest - Thailand
It’s no mystery where the Bird’s Nest Restaurant in Thailand gets its name. The restaurant itself exists several feet above the ground, inside a tall tree overlooking the sea. Each table at the restaurant is built into a small ‘pod’, where people can eat in privacy. These pods are built using wood, wreaths and branches, just like an actual bird’s nest.
You might be wondering, how do guests reach the restaurant? And how do waiters serve food if each table is separated by sprawling branches, high up above the ground? That might actually be the most interesting part of the whole experience. To reach the top of the tree, guests and visitors must use a zip line. At the restaurant, visitors can enjoy authentic Thai cuisine and enjoy a literal bird’s eye view of the world below.
Now that you know all about some of the most unique restaurant experiences the world has to offer, where do you plan to visit first? Pack your belongings into your pink suitcase and embark on an adventure you’ll never forget. If you’re looking for new travel bags and suitcases, Royce and Rocket has everything you need.