With a new wave of restaurants specialising in dining alone, here’s five of the best - and quirkiest - eateries to visit if you’re seeking a bit of me-time (and can afford tickets to Tokyo).
1. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium – London
Who needs human friends when you can have furry ones? Customers at Lady Dinah’s can relax with a cup of tea, whilst a host of adorable kitties - all of which been rescued from the streets of London – roam free. http://ladydinahs.com/
2. Dans Le Noir– London
If you want to brave eating alone but the whole idea makes you feel a bit embarrassed- then this is the place for you. The whole restaurant is in pitch black darkness meaning that not only can you not see the food you’re eating (which apparently heightens the flavour – who knew) but also eliminates the opportunity for other diners to look at you in pity. Bliss.
3. Eenmaal – Amsterdam
This Dutch pop up claims to offer the world’s first completely solo dining experience, and they’re incredibly strict on the subject. Perfect, you say? The isolation seekers of the world are in luck, as an expansion to London, Berlin and the US is imminent.
4. Bocca di Lupo – London
This Italian eatery takes eating at the bar one-step further. Its innovative ‘chef’s counter’ means you can watch the masters at work while you dine. A lot more practical than trying to read a book, eh?
5. Moomin Café – Tokyo
One café in Tokyo has come up with a solution to awkward solo dinning. They provide solitary diners with a large stuffed Moomin toy to keep them company – because sure, that’s so less awkward.