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January 7, 2016
Canberra is quickly stealing the hearts of solo diners with its range of inviting cafe and restaurant options. From quirky restaurants with alcoves that entice solo diners, to the open planned modern establishments, where chatting to the chef is always encouraged, Canberra welcomes all tastes and preferences in solo diners.
We've put together the top places for breakfast, lunch and dinner to ensure solo diners get the most out of a foodie experience in Canberra.
Think edgy modern meets cool, 18th century London coffee houses and you have Penny University, which builds on the old-fashioned British tradition where patrons paid a penny to enter into a world of fellow solo diners united in a common love of learning and coffee. With a friendly, casual atmosphere and the old-fashioned vibe with a modern twist, this is the perfect place for the solo diner to awaken their tastebuds with rich, smooth coffee and a delicious breakfast to match.Visit Penny University
For those who like to get up close and personal with the chefs Močan & Green Grout is the place to be, as menu favourites such as smashed eggs with mushroom, goat’s curd and black garlic is rustled up right under your nose. It is also perfect for those who like to have some distractions (other than a mobile device) as the café nurtures and inspires Australian art and is filled with quirky aesthetics which are regularly transformed as new artists are invited in to create.Visit Močan & Green Grout
Want to be taken on a real coffee experience? At The Cupping Room, coffee is the reason to go, your perfect partner and needs no human accompaniment! Here you can enjoy a ‘cupping’ experience with top baristas, with owner and 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic even popping in. You can also hang out afterwards in this open plan café, soak up the vibe and try their famous ricotta hotcakes.Visit The Cupping Room
If you’re a passionate health nut after a culinary journey, and don’t mind a bit of company, then Eighty/Twenty is the perfect place for you! This café is all about simple, clean and delicious unprocessed food with all the staff living, breathing and sharing this philosophy. Have a chat with the friendly crew about where they source their produce and how they create their delicious goodies. Don’t leave without trying their ‘Zoodles’ (raw zucchini noodles) with rustic eggplant, olive and napoli sugo, topped with caper crumb and pecorino.Visit Eighty/Twenty Food
Located on the edge of the city, Ovolo Nishi’s restaurant, Monster, is the new, edgy and groovy place to be for the single diner. Buzzing with energy and situated in the hotel lobby, this is the ideal spot to indulge in delicious modern fare whilst enjoying some serious people watching. The funky zigzag tables are perfect for one, so you never worry about looking like you’re expecting someone else!Visit Monster Kitchen and Bar
Drinking alone is really an exclusive party for one and for those looking for exclusive drinks to match look no further then BentSpoke Brewing Co. This is the ideal spot for beer and cider connoisseurs as you can try almost 20 different varieties – including rare one-offs and seasonal specials. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere at your own table or have a chat to the friendly bar staff and indulge in a tasting session, either way you’ll be in great company!Visit BentSpoke Brewing Co.
If you are more of a wine connoisseur than a beer lover, why not visit the illustrious Benchmark Wine Bar? Serving over 100 wines by the glass and more than 400 by the bottle from both new and old world countries, they offer wines that delight the tastebuds for every wine connoisseur. With a stunning wine tasting bar made for individual tasters and world-class sommeliers, this is the ideal spot to taste, listen and learn about wine.Visit Benchmark Wine Bar
If you’re dining alone but don’t want to miss out on the buzz, head to Akiba. This high energy restaurant is known for its speedy food carts which dart between tables, and its buzzing wooden and copper bar which is a melting pot for a diverse crowd. Rest assured, with a range of dining spots from the long wooden tables to bar dining options you won’t be relegated to a table at the back. You can also enjoy the sharing benefits of group dining as the delicious Asian food comes in tapas and snacks, so you don’t have to choose between dishes!Visit Akiba
Looking for an old fashioned dining experience? With wooden booths and nostalgia, Tilley’s in Lyneham offers a relaxing venue to dine in and sip on a glass of wine. Live music makes a fantastic companion to delicious pub-style food for a relaxing evening for one.Visit Tilley’s Devine Cafe
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