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‘Dining for one’ in Canberra


Yes, you can eat anywhere alone…but these spots are particularly welcoming for those flying solo. 

From quirky restaurants with alcoves that entice solo diners, to the open planned modern establishments, where chatting to the chef is always encouraged‚ here are the top places where solo diners can get the most out of a foodie experience in Canberra.


Penny University

Think edgy modern meets cool, 17th 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.

Močan and Green Grout

For those who like to get up close and personal with the chefs, Močan and 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.


The Cupping Room

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.


Eighty/Twenty Food

If you’re a passionate health nut after a culinary journey who doesn’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.

Monster Kitchen and Bar

Located on the edge of the city, Hotel Hotel’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!


BentSpoke Brewing Co

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 tasting session – either way you’ll be in great company!

Benchmark Wine Bar

If you’re 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.



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!


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.



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  • NoniDoll

    You might want to revise your review of Tilley’s – they haven’t had live music there since 2011.

    • Amanda Whitley

      Hi Noni

      We’re pretty sure they still do? Looking at their Facebook feed, there’s definitely been a few gigs over the past five months…


  • Ashlee Betteridge

    Barrio is also a good solo coffee/brunch spot, because of the communal table/bars along the wall set up. On the weekend during the day it is pretty busy though, but early, or on a weekday, it’s a good one.