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Take yourself out to these best solo dining-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong. It's a date.

Eating alone can be daunting. A scan across any restaurant during peak hour and you’d most likely find tables full of people roaring with laughter, glasses clinking with a cheer and couples huddled in the corner. Restaurants are fun when you’re with a companion but can sometimes feel intimidating when you’re alone—but we’re here to tell you that it’s more than okay to eat out by yourself. 

Whether you’re hoping to check out a restaurant on the day that all your friends are busy, or if you’re simply looking for a little me-time, solo dining can be a fun experience as long as you have the right attitude. Go out, spoil yourself, order a glass or two of bubbly and spend the meal people-watching and savouring each bite of food. If you’re still hesitant to giving it a go, we’ve rounded up some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants to eat alone at so you’ll feel more comfortable dipping your toes into the world of solo dining. Enjoy. 

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Bayfare Social

Bayfare Social is a tapas-inspired all-day dining concept at Rosewood. With numerous interactive food counters stationed in the restaurant, take your pick from the paella counter, tapas at the bar, or grab a comfy cushioned seat at the alfresco area.

There are plenty of small starters such as beef tartare and oysters to snack on if you’re not hungry, as well as a list of sandwiches, salads, and tapas that are the perfect portion to enjoy all by yourself. Grab a seat by the bar if you want to be part of the restaurant’s buzzy atmosphere, or if the weather is nice, sit outside and take in the views of Victoria Harbour.

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Pici

With locations throughout Hong Kong, Pici has become the spot to go to if you’re craving a hearty Italian meal. Servers here are always welcoming and will often give out drinks and desserts on the house to make you feel right at home. Pici can be found in many neighbourhoods such as Central, Wan Chai, Kennedy Town, Lai Chi Kok and the newly opened Tseung Kwan O branch, often featuring wide open windows that make them perfect for people-watching. 

Various locations across Hong Kong. Visit pici.hk for details

Ichiran

Perhaps the most famous ramen chain in the world, Ichiran is known for their single booth ramen stalls where interaction with staff is kept to a minimum. Each booth is equipped with a cold water tap, a bell to summon Ichiran staff, and a curtained window through which the staff delivers your noodles. After choosing your order on a sheet of paper, press the bell and your order will arrive in no time. 

Ichiran CWB, Shop F-I, G/F, Lockhart House, Block A, 440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ichiran TST, Entrance Hall on G/F & Shop B, Basement Floor, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Mono

Chef Ricardo Chaneton’s Latin American-inspired fine-dining restaurant Mono is a treat for your senses. Bar seats are available to those who want to be close to the action, watching the chefs work their magic every step of the way. Awarded one Michelin star, everything from the food, plating, wine, to service is flawlessly executed at Mono, ensuring that you’ll have a great dining experience. 

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Mono

Central
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Cultivate

Fine-casual interactive dining concept Cultivate is an intimate restaurant with 22 bar seats facing the kitchen. Chef Leonard Cheung uses fresh ingredients and changes up the menu according to the season, making sure that you’ll be experiencing brand new dishes each time you visit. Sitting closely to the kitchen, you’ll see the attention to detail Cheung puts into each dish up close. If you’re looking for a drink to go along your meal, Cultivate’s friendly and chatty sommelier Alex will make sure you’re well taken care of. 

Cultivate, Shop A, 27-29 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, cultivate.hk

Yardbird

For a high-energy meal with upbeat tunes and delicious yakitori, Yardbird is the place to be at. Skewers are ordered per piece, which is perfect for the solo diner who wants to try out a few different things. Sit by the bar for a chat and enjoy the energy of the restaurant while snacking on some of the restaurant’s most famous bites such as the corn tempura, chicken meatball in egg yolk, and of course, an array of skewers all to yourself. 

Emmer Pizzeria & Café

Emmer Pizzeria & Café, a blend between a casual pizzeria and cafe, sits on the fourth floor of Pacific Place, away from the mall and offices. Surrounded by lush greenery, the restaurant features both outdoor and indoor seating, a selection of baked goods, and made-to-order pizzas. Sit on the window side booths and enjoy a hearty pizza, followed by a cup of coffee and a good book. 

Emmer Pizzeria & Café, Shop 407, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong,+852 2780 1110, emmerpizza.com

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