An important part of your holiday are your dining experiences, at least if you’re moderately interested in food. There are so many restaurants out there, and so many fake reviews online, so it can be quite hard to come across those gems that give you a special experience.
It’s not only about the food itself but also about the atmosphere, so we wanted to share with you 10 really cool restaurants around Europe.
1. Opera Samfaina – Barcelona
We were very sceptical knowing that it’s in the middle of the most touristic street of Barcelona. However, we were completely amazed! This restaurant takes you to a totally different world, it doesn’t feel like you’re in Barcelona anymore. It’s quite difficult to describe. They describe it as a “multi-sensory experience”. They also play live music, the food is good AND it’s reasonably priced. Portions are quite small though.
2. Svartklubben – Stockholm
Someone had the crazy idea of creating this restaurant where you dine in complete darkness (as if Sweden wasn’t dark enough already). The idea is that in darkness your other senses are stronger, so you’ll taste the food better. Their waiters also perform singing to appeal to your hearing sense.
If you like to be up in the sky this has got to be a must-try experience! Dinner in the Sky originated in Belgium and allows you to book a dinner (or even some special events such as weddings) up in the sky. They’ve expanded all around the world and have two key words: exclusivity and safety. They’ve also had many star chefs work with them.
Are you a snow lover? This cozy restaurant up in Finland may be worth a visit then. You can have drinks from hand-made ice cups and enjoy lunch and dinner menus (don’t worry, they’re served warm!). Be aware that there is a €20 admission fee, and it’s only open between January and April.
5. Grotta Palazzese – Polignano a Mare, Italy
Dining inside a cave may feel very old fashioned, but this cave has a nice and cozy atmosphere. You also get to dine right by the sea. It is perfect for a date in a romantic setting, but be prepared to spend quite a lot of money. The restaurant is open until October.
6. The Treehouse Restaurant – Alnwick, UK
The Treehouse restaurant is just what it sounds like; a treehouse. It’s in a small town in the UK called Alnwick, and is surrounded by beautiful nature. It’s a place for you who are seeking to get away from the crowd and be somewhere quiet. Although the restaurant itself is quite popular, so you’ll most likely witness a crowd there.
7. Circus – London
At this unique dining experience you’ll get to watch acrobatics and other circus-related performances during your dinner. What exactly you’ll get to see will be a surprise. The menu is Pan-Asian and designed for sharing. You’ll usually get to see 2-3 performances per dinner.
8. El Diablo – Lanzarote, Spain
Here your food doesn’t get cooked as usual, it gets cooked by a volcano. The restaurant is located on the volcano in the Timanfaya national park. Your food is cooked in 450 – 500 °C by geothermal heat. If you want you can sign up for a volcanic tour which includes seeing the cooking methods.
In a world that gets more and more overcrowded with restaurants it’s nice to have dining experiences that are different than the typical. As we have seen there are endless ways to innovate, so go and try out something new!