Have you ever seen an upside down toilet before? Dan from Toilography visits the Upside Down House in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where he encounters this unthinkable bathroom scenario!
I’ve visited a handful of toilet-themed restaurants over the years, including T-Bowl Concept Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur and Poop Cafe in Toronto, but I’ve always wanted to visit the original, Taiwan’s Modern Toilet. Self-described as a “scatological fantasyland”, Modern Toilet is where this whole crazy idea first began with its initial concept dating all the way back to 2004!
I chose to visit their location at Xining South Road in Taipei’s Wanhua district. It’s impossible to miss the entrance – the first thing you notice as you stroll towards it is the monumental loo towering over the street below. There’s a giant poop-shaped cardboard cutout in the lobby along with a couple of display toilets which perfectly sets the scene for the upstairs dining room.
Once upstairs, the server sits you onto a toilet seat at a 💩-filled basin, hands you a menu in the shape of a toilet seat and brings out your food in little toilet/urinal-shaped bowls. It’s hilarious! I ordered the Toilet Chicken Nuggets and the Toilet #1 Ice Shavings (chocolate ice made to look like diarrhea and served in a mini squat toilet), as well as a drink with the grotesque name of bleeding haemorrhoid strawberry milk. Being a novelty establishment the food tasted expectedly ordinary but the servings were large and they were humorously well-presented.
The decor appearing throughout the three-storey interior is of course all toilet-themed, from the pictures on the wall to the merchandise area to the cute little urinals dotted around the walls with plush toys sitting inside.
The actual toilet on the top floor is quite a sight to behold with the bright blue tiling creating a water-like effect. I also loved that the washbasin on the outside was in the shape of a toilet as well!
It’s easy to get grossed out by the idea of the toilet restaurant but in reality it’s actually surprisingly clean, colourful, entertaining and very family-friendly. Kids will surely get a laugh out of it, as will curious/fun-loving adults. As for people like me who take photos of toilets as a hobby: this place is heaven. 😍🚽
I’m very glad I finally got the opportunity to visit Modern Toilet. I wish them the best of success and hope the resto-restroom theme continues to catch on across the world!!
I’d never heard of Gudetama before until it was recommended to me on Reddit that I visit the Gudetama Chef Cafe while in Taipei. I pretty much went in blind not knowing what to expect and was highly amused to find that said character was a lazy, depressed egg yolk, created by Sanrio, the Japanese company who brought Hello Kitty to the world.
Their egg-themed restroom definitely didn’t disappoint, nor did the chicken pizza I ordered which was covered with a thick, fluffy layer of egg white… mmm
One of Toilography’s favourite restaurants in Montreal is Mozza Pâtes et Passions. This was my third visit in just as many years – I keep returning not only for their open & experimental take on Italian cuisine (where else can you get linguine with porto & goats cheese on the menu?) but for the ultimate dessert: the famous DISCO TOILET!!
I’ve seen a number of disco toilets over the years but this fabulous loo at Mozza remains my #1 🙂
I paid a much-anticipated return visit to the very sugary Candi Bar during my weeklong trip to Montreal. The restrooms (and cocktails) at this bar are among the sweetest in all of Montreal.
Firstly, get a load of these 👄 urinals:
If that’s not cool enough then how about this circus-themed stall in the mens room?
And finally in their unique ladies room you can even bring a friend!