9 Restaurants in Delightfully Unexpected Places
By Sarah Bruning, CNTraveler.com
We love good food here at Condé Nast Traveler. But we can’t lie—location matters, too. And there’s no doubt we’d go out of our way to visit a restaurant in an an amazing and unexpected location—like the ocean floor, perhaps, or inside an ice castle…
UNDER THE SEA
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Rangali Island, Maldives
Situated more than 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, this glass-enclosed spot cost about $5 million USD to construct. Patrons can scope 180-degree views of coral reefs and a wide variety of fish, as well as manta rays, sharks, and other aquatic inhabitants.
IN AN ICE CASTLE
LumiLinna Snowcastle Restaurant
Don’t even think about ditching your coat once you’re inside; the food served may be warm, but the temp at this eatery is a steady -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Farenheit). Typically open from January through April—for as long as the weather hovers around -8 Celsius (about 18 degrees Fahrenheit)—this icy architectural wonder is reconstructed every year from a special set of molds.
IN A TREE
The Dining Pod
Koh Kood, Thailand
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… lunch? Once you’re seated inside a giant open-air bamboo capsule with a table and cushioned seats, you’ll be raised up into the rainforest trees and have your food delivered by a zipline-riding waiter. (The ocean views are pretty impressive, too.)