If you think some of your local restaurants are wacky, take a look at these restaurants from around the world. It makes you wonder whether some of these restaurant owners have gone insane. Some of the photos may be a bit offensive, so be warned!
Tree House Restaurant (New Zealand):
This unusual restaurant started life as an ad campaign for Yellow, a New Zealand company similar to the Yellow Pages. The idea was to build a restaurant in a tree using only resources listed in the company’s directories. The designer took pains to minimise the impact on the tree and the surrounding forest.
Pelican Bar (Jamaica South Coast):
The Pelican Bar is located on a sand bar off Jamaica’s South Coast. It is one of the most unique places in the world to witness a sunset. The Pelican Bar specializes in Red Stripe beer and local rum.
Bed Restaurant (Miami):
Bed Restaurant is the most relaxing dining spot in the city. Huge mattresses with mounds of pillows let you relax with a hot date or a small party, after you place your shoes in a cubby and put on Bed’s complimentary socks. The trance music and slow-motion videos projected on the screens attempt to soothe you, as do creative drinks like the blackberry julep, a new fresh-fruit take on the mint julep.
Military-Theme “Buns & Guns” Restaurant (Lebanon):
At Buns & Guns in Beirut, everything is military-themed – from the decor and names of the menu items to the helicopter sounds that play constantly in the background.
Hospital Themed Restaurant (Latvia):
This unique, weird restaurant in Riga, Latvia, is named “Hospitalis”. The restaurant look like a medicine cabinet while you are treated as a patient and taken good care of by the long-legged waitresses in nurses uniforms. The food is served in flasks and operating room’s dishes. This place is owned by local doctors.
Death Themed Restaurant (Ukraine):
This death-themed restaurant owned by a group of Ukranian undertakers is built inside a 65 feet long coffin. Inside you will find funeral wreaths, black shrouded walls and human sized coffins. Menu items include dishes with names like “Let’s Meet In Paradise”.
Modern Toilet Restaurant (Taiwan):
Taiwan has a chain of restaurants called Modern Toilets where you sit on a toilet and eat from a toilet-shaped bowl. All seats in the diner are made from toilets, not chairs. Sinks, faucets and gender-coded “WC” signs appear throughout the restaurant.
Undersea Restaurant (Maldives):
The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the first-ever transparent undersea restaurant in the world, sitting 5 meters below the sea level of the Indain Ocean and surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270 degrees of panoramic underwater views.
Alcatraz Restaurant ( Japan):
The prison-themed Alcatraz restaurant in Tokyo may be a long way from the US, but it’s pretty authentic. The restaurant’s ‘medical prison’ theme comes complete with handcuffs, fake injections by the ‘nurses’ and a menu consisting of ‘penis sausage’, ‘dead chicken’ and cocktails in test tubes – all taken in your very own cell.
Cannibalistic Sushi (Japan):
‘Nyotaimori’ in Japanese literally means ‘female body plate’, and this restaurant named after the tradition of eating sushi and sashimi off a nude woman’s body takes the concept to a whole new level. An edible body, with dough ‘skin’ and sauce ‘blood’ is wheeled into the room on a hospital gurney and placed upon a table. The hostess begins the meal by cutting into the body with a scalpel and then patrons dig in, operating on the body to reveal edible ‘organs’.
Pitch Black Restaurant (Beijing):
It’s often said that if you take away one or more of your senses, the remaining ones get stronger. That’s the idea behind Pitch Black, a Beijing restaurant where patrons eat in complete darkness. Illuminating devices like cell phones and watches are strictly forbidden, and it’s so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Don’t think you can get away with any funny business, however – the waiters wear night-vision goggles.
Vampire Café (Japan):
Continuing the creepy, otherwordly themes is the Vampire Cafe in the Ginza section of Tokyo, where the interior is almost entirely blood red. Guests are ushered down a long hallway with red blood cells superimposed on the floor. Inside, the décor includes heavy velvet drapes, black coffins dripping with red candle wax, skulls and crosses. Many of the meals are vampire-themed, and diners drink red cocktails from martini glasses.
Sky Restaurant (Belgium):
This strange restaurant combines the delights of dining with the thrill of well, a thrill ride. You’ll travel 150 feet into the sky before you chow-down on a gourmet meal prepared mid-air. The restaurant uses a mobile crane to lift the entire 22-seat dining room over city streets all over Europe.