I am always looking for new places to visit, so when Holiday Lettings contacted me about a guest post featuring weird and wonderful restaurants around the world, I knew this was right up my alley.
Have you ever eaten underwater or in a gorgeous grotto? You could next time you’re away. Holiday Lettings serves up quirky restaurants from Alnwick to Zanzibar that you’ll never forget.
The Rock - Zanzibar, Tanzania
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It may look like a fisherman’s hut that’s been washed up on a rock, but The Rock is actually a seriously good seafood restaurant. So take your pick of lobster or tiger prawn dishes and sit back; you can hear the soothing sound of the sea and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
A boat takes you back to gorgeous Michanwi Pingwe beach, an amazing spot to watch the stars come out. Why not explore the area’s fascinating environment with a hike through the local mangrove forests? Fans of the great outdoors will also love the stand up paddling trips organised by SURF Zanzibar.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Rangali Island, Maldives
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Descend into a wonderful underwater world at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant on Rangali Island. Diners are surrounded by glass walls offering vistas of vivid coral gardens and tropical fish. If you can tear your eyes away from the view, you can dig into delicacies from caviar to foie gras.
If you’ve been inspired by the marine life you spotted at dinner, you can delve deep into the waters on a tour with a local dive centre; Island Divers on Dhigurah to the east of Rangali is a popular option. It’s also worth hopping over to neighbouring Nalaguraidhoo to soak up some sun and sip cocktails on the tropical beaches.
The Treehouse Restaurant at the Alnwick Garden Centre – Alnwick, UK
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Ever dreamed of eating way up in the branches? Then stride over the rickety rope bridge and creaking walkways through the canopy to The Treehouse Restaurant. Check out the trees jutting up through the floor and warm yourself by the blazing log fire before digging into the seasonal dishes.
When you’ve eaten, take a moment to take in the surrounding gardens with their massive delphiniums and toxic plants. Next stop, neighbouring Alnwick Castle, the star of a Harry Potter film. If you’re interested in history, you’ll have a great time discovering Alnwick’s past at the Bailiffgate Museum in the town centre.
Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy
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This may just be the world’s most romantic restaurant. A spiral staircase hewn into the rock leads you down into a beautiful grotto. Watery reflections from the tables’ twinkling lights and stunning views over the Mediterranean complete this perfect dining scene.
How about working off the meal with a walk through the quaint streets of Polignano a Mare? It might leave you with enough room for a delicious ice cream at Irvi's Cafe Gelateria. Alternatively, you can get out on the water on a boat tour of dramatic caves and grottoes along the coast.
Dans le Noir – Paris, France
Sensory deprivation is on the menu at Dans le Noir, where you dine in total darkness. Apparently the flavours of the food will seem more intense when you taste this way - can you identify the ingredients of the mystery dishes?
You’ll definitely want your vision back if you head to the nearby Pompidou Centre to see the excellent collection of modern paintings. You could then treat yourself to a funky piece of jewellery at Les Expressives boutique down the road. And the ancient Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles Church, an easy walk away, is a terrific place for a moment of contemplation.
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