Every once in a while, it is good to eat at a place where you can enjoy an excellent meal with just a few other people. Something intimate, secluded, and hidden. But some places are so discrete even Google maps can’t find them.
If you are pining for a unique dining experience or you happen to be in one of these countries, we encourage you to find your way to these hidden gems. Here are 10 of the coolest, most remote places to eat in the world.
» You might also be interested in these top restaurant experiences around the world.
Underwater Restaurants, Maldives
Known for its splendid white-sand beaches, the Maldives is also home to a couple of restaurants that are out of this world, though technically speaking they are sort of under the world.
Ithaa is an underwater restaurant sitting 16 feet beneath the sea level on Rangali Island. Subsix is a competing undersea restaurant in the Maldives, which is 20 feet beneath the sea, and can accommodate more people. It also doubles as a nightclub.
Making your way to the Maldives is challenging enough, but getting to either of these restaurants is a further hassle, requiring either a seaplane or a boat to get there.
» Check out the Kandima Maldives Resort (with amazing overwater plunge pools)
The Three Chimneys Restaurant, Scotland
From the southern part of the world to the north, we find ourselves in the Isle of Skye. The remote island in northwest Scotland is home to a world-renowned restaurant and inn.
The good news about this remote restaurant is you can spend a night in the House Over-By, which is next door.
Furneaux Lodge, New Zealand
Continuing in the island theme is this beauty tucked in Marlborough Sounds, which is at the northern tip of South Island in New Zealand. The Lodge (and its award-winning restaurant) is surrounded by forest and is only accessible by helicopter or boat.
In the capital city of Norway is where we find one of the top 50 best restaurants in the world. Maeemo is Norse for ‘Mother Earth,’ and it is the first restaurant in Norway to be awarded three Michelin stars. You would have to book your spot 90 days in advance, as the restaurant only has eight tables in the main dining area.
La Mesita de Almanza, Argentina
Staying in South America, we find ourselves on the island of Tierra del Fuego, in Argentina. You can expect a hearty seafood selection of mussels, king crab and trout, sourced locally of course. The easiest way to get to ‘The Land of Fire’ is by helicopter.
Koks, the Faroe Islands
Listed as one of Time’s Great Places 2018, Koks is the first restaurant in the Faroe Islands to be awarded a Michelin star. The best restaurant in the Nordic archipelago specializes in local Faroese dishes and has a 17-course tasting menu to swim for!
A few miles from Oslo lies another culinary haven serving predominantly Nordic delicacies. Fäviken has also been on the top 50 restaurants in the world list, and has two Michelin stars. Sadly, the restaurant is shutting down in December 2019, so if you want a taste of chef Magnus Nilsson’s cuisine, you have to book now.
Tampu Restaurant, Peru
Forget about working hard for a meal – try walking hard for a meal! The primary way of accessing Tampu Restaurant in Machu Picchu is by hiking. Sure, you can take the easy way out and hop on a bus, but what fun is that? After all, you need to work up your appetite!
The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar
“Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?”
Situated off the shores of Michanwi Pingwe beach lies a restaurant that is impossible to miss. It is built on a rock in the middle of the ocean.
The clear water surrounding the Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar invites you to have a dip after enjoying an exquisite meal, which is a far cry from our final destination.
Mount Huashan Teahouse in China
Our next restaurant situated on a rock is not for the faint of heart. Sitting on top of Mount Huashan in China is a teahouse that can only be accessed by climbing the side of the mountain.
You could quite literally fall to your death to get a cup of tea, but the tour guides make sure that never happens. If you are afraid of heights, you might not want to climb 7,000 feet above sea level, especially if you are a coffee person.
Don’t you just want to get started right in on visiting these remote places to eat? Some of them, you’ve probably heard of, but there are actually so many exciting places like this to eat in the world. Dig in! If you’ve been to one, we want to know about it! Tell us your experience in the comments.
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.