Along with large dinner parties, proficiently typing documents while not looking at the screen or key board (it’s a serious gift that others find confusing) and booking international flights on a whim, there is nothing I excel more at that than dining out by myself.
Sure, some people are vehemently opposed to the idea of solo eating – “Oh heavens know why would you do that? Everyone in the café would think you were Neville no mates”, but I am not one of those people. I’m the opposite – I rejoice in solo dining and mapping out a bit of time for ‘me’.
And in the chance you are looking to convert, but are nervous at the prospect of looking like a loner, fear not because these spots for solo dining are tried, trusted and proven. Welcome to the movement.
Call it an opportunity to recharge or the chance to go out exactly where you want and when. These are Brisbane's best restaurants and cafes to ace solo dining.
Flowers of the World
How did I not find the gem that is Flowers Of The World sooner? It might just be the most soothing place to pit stop during your river loop for a pot of tea, a slice or two of toast and jolly good people watching.
Many a blissful weekend morning has been spent at the long table in the Paddington Deli eating very well scrambled eggs and perusing several newspapers. You can spend a good amount of time here eating from their cake counter, which is both a beautiful and dangerous thing.
Tall Short Espresso
I just freaking love it at Tall Short Espresso – and not just because they have one of those Mr Squiggle boards to draw on. Whether it’s in the very early hours before the rest of the suburb stirs, or popping in after 5pm for a little wine en route home, it is such a welcoming space. Everyone knows your name, and the staff are there for a chat if you’re seeking a little interaction, but totally get it if you want to let your Harry Hermit side shine through.
For those moments when you just want to treat ‘yo self, we have this Woolloongabba stalwart, Enoteca 1889, to add to the solo lineup – they have a bar which you can blissfully perch at while twirling your way through cacio e pepe. Sitting at the bar alone while eating deliciously complex carbohydrates – how very European. Wine please.
Brown Dog Café
Another south side favourite, Brown Dog Cafe is a goody. The breakfasts are most excellent, and the coffee well received by those all over. In the winter (yeah, it’s a way off now) you can get a spot where the light streams through, and it’s really just a delight and a good spot for some ‘you time’.
The table situation at Scout is always tight, so for the sake of courtesy don’t hog up a whole table - instead look to a stool at their tall table, or perch in front of the coffee counter. You can throw some banter with the staff all while eating your fried egg and thick bacon bagel. Smearing egg over your face comes well encouraged. Hey, there’s no one sitting opposite you’re trying to impress.
Southside Tea Room in Morningside is such treat and what a space. So kitsch, so cool. And you'll be so engrossed in their awesome cheese toasties, you'll be glad you don't have company! Get here.
Image credit: Garance Dore
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