Business travellers needn’t resign themselves to room service. Thanks to the rise of small plates, bar seating and wines by the glass, the stigma of dining alone has all but disappeared, which means you can trade takeaway for a night on the town. Leave the delivery meals and desk lunches behind with our guide to the best restaurants in Sydney for solo diners.
Sydney has always lacked in the delicatessen department, so when Continental Deli opened its doors in 2015, lovers of everything cured and canned rejoiced. Its upstairs bistro is a shining example of classic European cuisine, but if you’re flying solo, the first level bar is where you’ll want to be. Start your evening with a famous Can-hatten or Mar-tinny cocktail, which are batched and canned on-site, then make your way through the menu’s more substantial offerings. Build your own selection of cheese, tinned fish and charcuterie, or take advantage of your solo status and go for the meatball sandwich. It may be messy, but with no one to impress it makes for the perfect after-work companion.
10 William Street
Tucked away between terrace houses in leafy Paddington, this charming Italian eatery screams date night on first glance – but don’t let its romantic facade fool you. Its limited table space and compact bar mean there’s seldom big crowds to contend with, and chances are you won’t be the only solo diner hoping to snag a seat. Enjoy the intimate yet animated atmosphere with a glass of vino, or strike up a conversation with your solo counterpart on either side. Whatever you do, don’t miss your opportunity to try 10 William’s legendary whipped bottarga pretzel without having to share.