Singles guide to solo dining in Edmonton

Who says you need a mate to go out for a meal? If you’ve ever had the hankering to take yourself out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, worry not! Remember: Being alone is not the same as being lonely. So, grab a good book, pop open your laptop or get set to people watch at these spots where supping solo won’t look weird.

Commodore Restaurant

10712 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2A7

Recently chosen by the Food Network as one of the 12 Best Greasy Spoons in Canada, the Commodore is a great place to get breakfast (or lunch) alone any day of the week. Grab a stool and immerse yourself in the action at one of their retro bars or make yourself at home at a quiet table at the back. But, don’t forget to hit the bank beforehand - this diner takes cash only.

Massawa Cafe & Bistro

10153 97 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0L4

If you’re looking for a place to eat lunch by your lonesome, check out Massawa: Edmonton’s only Afro-Italian café that is so much more than just a café. They’ve got gelato, hand-tossed pizza, fresh-baked cinnamon buns and wifi - a necessity for lunch dates with you, yourself and you.

The Next Act Pub & Grill

8224 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

If you’re jonesing for a burger, look no further than The Next Act. And, don’t be afraid to dine alone - it’s the perfect place to chow down solo because you’ll just end up running into somebody you know anyway. For those singletons whose dietary needs are less meat-centric, fear not: There are vegetarian options available.

Cafe Mosaics

10844 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3

They’ve got everything you can think of and more at Café Mosiac. The best part? It’s all vegetarian (and some of it’s vegan, too)! Warm up this winter with a big bowl of Pho, and spoil yourself with a slice of fresh-baked pie that’s too good to share. But, leave your credit card at home- it’s strictly debit and cash only at this café.

Sugar Bowl Coffee & Juice Bar

10922 88 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z1

Self-proclaimed as the sweetest place in Edmonton since 1943, The Sugar Bowl has an impressive menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, along with any other meals that fall in between. If you’re looking for something with a little more kick, check out happy hour! Snap up a stool at the bar and pore over one of the most comprehensive beer lists at any establishment in the city, or cozy up in a quiet corner with a cocktail.

The Rocky Mountain Ice House

10516 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Z7

Where cozy log cabin meets fancy nightspot, that’s where you’ll find the Rocky Mountain Icehouse. Warm, rustic, but still pretty hip, this establishment boasts daily specials Sunday through Thursday, along with a nightly happy hour. It’s got an atmosphere that lends itself well to mingling but also boasts a few comfy corners perfect for enjoying dinner (and drinks) for one.

Remedy Cafe

10279 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1X8

Open ‘til 12 a.m. every night of the week and equipped with plenty of outlets to give all your electronics juice, Remedy is the perfect place to hang solo when burning the midnight oil and then some. Keep yourself motivated with a signature Chai, or kick back and relax with a beer. Feeling peckish? Dig into some savoury Indian eats, or satiate your sweet tooth with a tasty treat.

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If you’re looking for a casual spot to enjoy a social libation or a cozy space to recharge with caffeine, look no further. These cafés are one-stop shops, because you should never have to choose between coffee and cocktails. I think we can all drink to that!
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