The world's 10 weirdest restaurants

Published On 02/23/2014 Published On 02/23/2014

Because an "alternative dining experience" should really be more than just eating at Chili's rather than at Applebees -- and because we know you dig weird watering holes -- we rounded up some of the world's most outlandish restaurants. From a toilet-themed joint in Taiwan, to a condom-adorned cafe in Bangkok (that's not even a joke), to a ristorante staffed almost entirely by Italian prisoners, these 10 eateries take weird-ass dining to the next level.

Flickr user Jeremiah Roth

Cabbages and Condoms -- Bangkok, Thailand
As dining out can be dangerous, play it safe at Cabbages and Condoms, where the grub's “guaranteed not to cause pregnancy” -- although whether it'll help induce it is anybody's guess. Expect condom-themed décor (like flowers with Trojan petals), and a wait staff who may or may not be donning inflated condoms... on their heads. Also, in lieu of after-dinner mints, you’re invited to take a condom. Because nothing says dinnertime quite like a side of latex.

Flickr user riNux

Modern Toilet -- Taipei, Taiwan
While most respectable people would suggest you don't sh*t where you eat, Modern Toilet flushes that rule right down the loo. Toilets hang on tiled walls, your crockery’s shaped like toilet bowls, and your chocolate ice cream takes the shape of... you know. Hey, at least you shouldn't have any trouble finding the bathroom.

Flickr user John Menard

Fortezza Medicea Restaurant -- Volterra, Italy
At this behind-bars eatery, you’ll be served your one square a day by actual inmates; and you'll eat said meal, fittingly, with plastic cutlery. Or, if you really want to up the ante, head to Latvia where you can pay to sleep in a jail and get treated like a prisoner.

Flickr user Chuck

Christon Cafe -- Tokyo, Japan
With its giant crucifix, stained glass windows, and bizarre Biblical-meets-gothic-vibe, this Tokyo church-themed spot has menus shaped like coffins, and plates creative French-Italian fare.

Flickr user Einar Jørgen Haraldseid

Heart Attack Grill -- Las Vegas, USA
One of the few places in Vegas where the food, and the waitresses underdressed like sexy nurses, will raise your blood pressure, this famous hospital-themed joint specializes in artery-clogging, four-patty Quadruple Bypass burgers, and serves anyone who weighs in at over 350lbs for free.

YouTube user Jake Mates

Robot Restaurant -- Tokyo, Japan
If you like dinner with a side of strobe lights, thumping beats, and wild dance performances by robots and half-naked women, this place is for you. A picture just wouldn't do it justice.

Flickr user Alastair Campbell

Dinner in the sky -- Various locations
What's up on that crane? Oh, nothing, just a dinner party -- nbd. You'll only be enjoying your meal while strapped into a seat and suspended high up in the air. Meanwhile, three chefs will be working to cater to you and your party -- a table seats up to 22 people max -- and you can eat everything from sashimi rolls to a steak dinner.

Wikipedia user Noblige

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant -- Rangali Island, Maldives
If you're one of those people who likes to know where their food came from, try eating your swordfish at sea level. Even better, channel your inner-James Bond and use this handy underwater device to get to your table. Or, if you really want to go crazy, just sleep underwater

YouTube user BouletteTEK47

Disaster Cafe -- Lloret de Mar, Spain
Because what's better than partaking of a lovely meal whilst experiencing a simulated earthquake? Probably a lot, but that's what you get at Disaster Cafe -- Spanish red and a 7.8 on the Richter Scale.

YouTube user Flash News

Twin Stars -- Moscow, Russia
If you enjoy chewing Double Mint gum and are counting the days until that new Russell Crowe flick about Noah's Ark comes out, then you'll probably enjoy dining at Twin Stars -- quite possibly the only restaurant in all of Russia that exclusively hires identical twins. That's right, if you don't have an identical twin that also wants to wait tables with you while you try to get your life together before going back community college, you're out of luck. Sorry.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. The weirdest restaurant she's ever been to is Bubba Gump's, and now she knows why Forrest ran. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.

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1. Ithaa Underwater Restaurant , Alifu Dhaalu Atoll,

Known as the world's first underwater restaurant, Ithaa is located 5 meters beneath the water and offers spectacular views of the coral gardens that surround it. The cuisine is a fusion of Western and Maldivian dishes, and dinners are adults-only.

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2. Cabbages and Condoms 10 Sukhumvit 12, Bangkok , 10110

There's nothing odd about dining amid latex... right? Don't be put off by the questionable premise at Cabbages and Condoms. The food guarantees not to make you pregnant, plus there're condoms in lieu of post-dinner mints: dining at its very safest.

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3. Modern Toilet Restaurant 2F No 7 Lane 50 Xining South Road, Taipei City, Taipei,

You'll sit on toilet seat-shaped chairs and eat out of toilet bowl-shaped crockery at this insanely popular eatery. But don't knock its premise until you've tried the food; customers keep coming back.

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4. Fortezza Medicea Restaurant Via de Castello, Volterra, 56048

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a prisoner, you might like Fortezza Medicea. A punishing resto set in a prison, Fortezza's waitstaff's made up of actual inmates. Just be grateful it's plastic cutlery only.

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5. Christon Cafe 5-17-13 Shinjuku, Tokyo,

Dine under a crucifix at this bizarre Biblical-meets-gothic themed restaurant in Tokyo. Organ music plays in the background, and the menus are shaped like coffins. Nothing strange about that...

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6. Heart Attack Grill 450 Fremont St, las vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

With a Ghostbusters-esque ambulance sitting out front announcing its presence, Heart Attack Grill has made the migration from its original home in Dallas all the way to Las Vegas, bringing with it busty waitresses dressed as nurses, and food so gut-busting you will soon be busty as well.

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7. Robot Restaurant B2F Shinjuku Robot Bldg, Tokyo, 160-0021

Less about the food and more about the production, your dining experience at Robot Restaurant will be heavy on the strobe lights and techno beats.

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8. Disaster Café (by Karim) , Lloret de Mar, Girona,

Dinner at Disaster Cafe is often interrupted by an earthquake. But don't worry, it's simulated -- just for fun.

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9. Twin Stars Diner Pyatnitska 5, Moscow,

Everything comes in twos at Twin Stars Diner where identical twins make up the waitstaff and bar staff.



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