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13 Places To DINE SOLO In Vancouver

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Maybe you’re new to Vancouver and haven’t established your Squad yet, maybe you are looking to pick up or maybe you’re just feeling a little antisocial and don’t want any judgment as you eat your feelings on a caloric bender; either way this list for you. Here are the top places to Dine solo in Vancity by Taryn Stephenson:

13. Save-on-Meats 

The neighbourhood hangout, everyone becomes a part of the Save-on-Meats family the second they step through the entrance.  The dishes? You can taste the love. 100%

(Photo/IG/Save-On-Meat)
(Photo/IG/Save-On-Meat)

12. Meet in Gastown/Meet on Main Street 

Share in your mutual meat-freeness over some of the best veg and vegan dishes in the city. Both the Main Street and Gastown location offer communal seating and seats up at the bar in a very comfortable and cozy setting.  You’ll never feel alone here.

(Photo/Yelp)
(Photo/Yelp)

11. The Keg Rooftop 

The party rooftop in the city, you’ll find yourself making friends in no time at The Keg Rooftop in Yaletown. Find a seat up at the bar and mingle with your neighbours  – or don’t and people watch instead.  The vibe is so lively, you’ll have a good time regardless.

(Photo/30dayadventures.ca)
(Photo/Marc Smith)

10. Wildebeest 

Grab a seat up at the bar and engage in friendly banter with the super knowledgeable and talented mixologists at Wildebeest on W Hastings.  They have a knack for making every guest feel welcome and if you can dream it, they can fix it up.

(Photo/WB/Wildebeest)
(Photo/WB/Wildebeest)

9. Pourhouse 

Friendly bartenders and quite possibly the most delicious burger in the city (we HIGHLY recommend you order the Pourhouse Burger) are just two of the reasons why Pourhouse is a great place to dine – in general. The dim lighting is perfect for a romantic dinner for one.

(Photo/WB/Pourhouse)
(Photo/WB/Pourhouse)

8. Gringo in Blood Alley

This cheap and cheerful taco bar offers quick eats and wicked margaritas. The staff learn your name the moment you walk in and I swear an instant friendship blossoms. After meeting Chris or Shoel behind the bar you’ll feel like you are drinking with friends so have no shame and order yet another Crap Tequila Margarita.

(Photo/Taryn Stephenson)
(Photo/Taryn Stephenson)

7.  Swiss Bakery

A frissant is a fritter/croissant hybrid that will calorically make you hate yourself later so devour this treat alone without the judgment. Visit the Swiss Bakery for a baked good and a java that will change your life. Honestly I am not sure there is anything in Vancouver that tastes as great as this.

(Photo/Nick Procaylo/PNG)
(Photo/Nick Procaylo/PNG)

6. Noodle Box on Hastings Street

These guys offer cute little take out boxes but it never tastes as good in that soggy steamy box once you get it home. Instead grab a Spicy Peanut bowl and chill at the long communal table while watching the “excitement” of Hastings Street outside.

(Photo/Noodle Box Canada)
(Photo/Noodle Box Canada)

5. Matchstick Coffee

Matchstick has two locations; one in Chinatown and one on Kingsway. Don’t be fooled by the coffee shop vibes this café offers wicked salads, sandwiches and if you’re not looking for java they serve beer. This is a great place to nosh on wholesome eats and know that the hipsters couldn’t be bothered to look up from their laptops let alone start a conversation with you! THIS is the antisocialites DREAM!

(Photo/EspressoSnob.Wordpress.com)
(Photo/EspressoSnob.Wordpress.com)

4. Whole Foods Cambie

The Whole Foods Market on Cambie has a magical selection of hot healthy dishes and a salad bar that you pay for by weight ( don’t add a hardboiled egg to your salad instead opt for lighter protein like edamame, chicken or beans unless you are prepared to pay $20 for your salad….you’ve been warned). Here you’ll also find a magical selection of hot healthy humans all on a quest for quick #CleanEats. Grab your meal, pay at the checkout and then be prepared to check out some seriously good looking people. They have a nice little bar you can sit at and the stools are tall so you have a perfect view.

(Photo/Kelsey at www.snackingsquirrel.com)
(Photo/Kelsey at www.snackingsquirrel.com)

3. Mom’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck

Looking to eat your feelings? Have a problem that only gooey cheese can fix? Mom’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck is conveniently parked on Howe Street nestled between The Vancouver Art Gallery and Nordstrom. Grab one of their AH-MAY- ZING creations and park your ass on a bench by the gallery. Your face will be buried so deep in that delightful cone of bliss that you will practically be making out with your sandwich….you may get some strange looks but I can promise nobody will come between you and what you’ve got going on with Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck.

(Photo/EatingwithKirby.com)
(Photo/EatingwithKirby.com)

2. Rodney’s Oyster House

All dolled up and no one to call? Go get shucked at Rodney’s Oyster House at 1822 Hamilton Street in Yaletown. Sit up at the bar, sip a glass filled to the rim with bubbly and suck back fresh oysters.

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(Photo/conceptualizefood.wordpress.com)

1. RAWBAR at Lobby Lounge

Feeling classy? Head to RAWBAR in the Lobby Lounge in the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Sit up at the bar and be treated like total royalty. If you are feeling especially brave try the Omakase (chef’s choice) and they will make you a unique “off the menu” item to seduce your palate. The best part about dining alone is that most people assume you are traveling on business so you won’t have to deal with anyone throwing shade with their judgey eyes.

(Photo/Fairmont Pac Rim)
(Photo/Fairmont Pac Rim)
Wildebeest, West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Save On Meats, West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Yaletown, Yaletown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Fairmont Pacific Rim, Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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MeeT in Gastown, Water Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Noodle Box, West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Pourhouse Restaurant, Water Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Gringo, Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Swiss Bakery, East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Matchstick Coffee Roasters, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Whole Foods Market, West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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