9 Niche Restaurants From Around the World


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Think we’ve reached peak hipster? Think again. There are a plethora of eateries popping up that serve their food with a side of nostalgia, a sprinkling of surprise, and a dash of daring. Here are a few we can’t shut-up about.

Broth Bar – Portland, USA

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Deconstructed coffee is so Melbourne circa 2016; 2017 is all about bone broth. The Broth Bar in Portland sells an array of warming broths, which is essentially the thin, soup-like, nutritional rich product that results after simmering an animal carcass for an extended period. Optional add-ons include kelp noodles and braised beef tongue.

Cereal Killer Café – London, UK

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The bearded, tattooed (of course) twins behind the Cereal Killer café copped a bit of flack when they first unveiled their unconventional eatery. But while a bowl of cereal can cost up to £4.50, it’s important to note that there’s more than just a couple of dusty boxes of Weet-Bix and Milo on offer here. The café is filled with more than 120 cereals from around the world, 30 different milks and 20 different toppings, with the boys promising to bring back the fun-factor to our brekkie.

Mr Kanso – Japan

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Instead of perusing a menu, patrons of Mr Kanso browse the aisles of tin cans. Yep, everything served at Mr Kanso, which operates out of 40 different venues across Japan, comes out of a can. The appeal, apparently, is the sheer variety – there are more than 300 cans of food sourced from all over the world to choose from. While the first restaurant opened in Osaka City Minami Horie in 2002, the trend has since been adopted by similar outlets in London and New York.

Le Refuge Des Fondues – Paris, France

Upon first glance, it might seem like your average Parisian restaurant, but Le Refuge des Fondues comes with a little twist – the wine is served out of a baby’s bottle. The reason for this isn’t entirely clear (there’s some speculation that it’s all part of a tax dodge, while others think it’s simply to reduce breakages because the venue is always rowdy), but that doesn’t stop punters coming in their droves.

Dans Le Noir? – Barcelona, Spain
Diners at Dans Le Noir? – which is French for ‘In The Dark?’ – enjoy their meal in complete and utter darkness. But this stunt isn’t just for novelty’s sake; founder Edouard de Broglie initially held a dinner in the dark to raise awareness of blindness. After realising the concept was potentially viable, he set up Dans Le Noir? and hired a large percentage of visually impaired wait staff. There are now four different restaurants across Europe – Paris, London, Barcelona and St Petersburg – boasting the “sensory experience.”

Cat Café – Melbourne, Australia

Love cats but your landlord won’t let you have one? Good news, you can enjoy your morning flat white surrounded by cats awaiting adoption from rescue centres across Victoria! $10 will get you an hour-long cat-cuddling session (because cats love human contact) but as slots can fill up quickly it’s recommended you book in advance. There are a few house rules, however: no feeding them or waking them up if they’re sleeping.

Rogo’s – Abu Dhabi, UAE

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With 30 imposing sets of tracks winding around the venue, it’s immediately obvious upon entering Rogo’s that this isn’t your average restaurant. The purpose of said-tracks becomes clear after placing your order; instead of being brought out by wait staff, your food is delivered via your table’s own personal roller coaster.

El Diablo – Lanzarote, Spain

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Think of the dormant volcano producing bursts of hot vapour out of the ground in the Timanfaya National Park as nature’s barbecue. The food produced at El Diablo is cooked upon a purpose-built grill by harnessing the 450-500 degrees Celsius geothermal heat. But don’t worry, its not likely to blow any time soon – the last eruption was in 1824.

The Pickle Guys – New York, USA

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This one hasn’t actually opened yet, but one to keep an eye out for if you enjoy cucumbers soaked in vinegar. What started as a kosher pickle shop is due to open as a restaurant in March and will be dedicated to the pickling of “many, many things.”

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