Dark Restaurant


Dans le noir

Blindekuh are two restaurants where patrons are served in the dark. The restaurants are located in Basel and Zürich, Switzerland. The name is derived from ‘Blinde Kuh’ (blind cow), the German name for blind man’s bluff. No lights are allowed inside a Blindekuh. Patrons are served by blind and visually impaired people. Both locations offer cultural events such as readings or concerts in the dark.

The first Blindekuh, opened on September 17, 1999 and is claimed to be the world’s first dark restaurant. The concept has subsequently been replicated elsewhere, including in London, Paris, Sydney, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Beijing as restaurants and multiple cities in the United States. Some dark restaurants supply night vision equipment to the wait staff.


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