The stigma of dining solo is beginning to lift as people are more eager to full experience culinary delights alone. In our society, frequently there is no room for being alone, there are no table set-ups for one and then you are encouraging to dine at the bar where potentially others will want to socialize with you. Because, why would anyone want to disconnect from others and dine alone?
In the past, you may have found yourself dreading walking into a restaurant alone, maybe you have had to do it for a business trip. You may have felt that others see you as lonely or that you are out to pickup? It is unfortunate but society has decided that those alone are to be pitied, suspected or avoided. For some of you this is daunting and for others it can be a super adventure. According to Open Table (online restaurant reservations), table for one reservations have gone up 62% meaning that restaurants are catering to more solo diners than ever.
What tips can I give you for embracing the dining alone experience?
Lunch requires less formality and usually are warmer welcome.
Its ok to bring a physical barrier, reading or taking the opportunity to write to your friend, in your journal or document the experience.
Check out the restaurants ahead of time, the food, level of service, the price. Eradicate any potential sources of discomfort for you ahead of time.
There is actually a pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam that only features tables for one. It is called Eenmaal and was created by Dutch designer Marina van Goor. It has sister branches opening in Antwerp, London, Berlin and New York later this year. She wanted to create an attractive place where disconnection is okay, especially in our hyper-connected society.
Let’s encourage the local community to embrace the self date!
Enjoy the experience, people watch, recognize the ambience, savor the taste, maybe even try something new! This is your experience own it. Share your dining alone experiences, we would love to hear from you!
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