Table for one.

Do you ever eat in restaurants by yourself?

While I love to do many things solo (go to the movies, fly, shop…),Β I’m actually not that excited about dining alone. I always feel like everyone is staring at me, and I get really uncomfortable.

The Moomin Cafe in Japan has a solution for solo diners: giant stuffed animals.

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Photo: Jin –

Although I’m not sure that this would make me feel any more at ease.

Would you rather dine across from a big weird stuffed animal, or by yourself?



  1. You just need a stuffed FCQ to dine with…

  2. This is actually pretty awesome, funny, but interesting.

    • Points Pixie says:

      JD – Definitely quirky. And a good idea, because it would probably encourage people to bond over a similar experience.

  3. Andrew says:

    Alone would be preferable. The stuffed animal just screams you have no friends.

  4. I used to be scared sh!tless to dine alone – I was the same as you thinking that everyone was staring at me like I was like weird outcast girl… but the more I forced myself to do it, the more at ease I’ve become – I actually enjoy it now!

    And people sometimes ask to sit with me now too! Guess my vibe has totally changed πŸ™‚

  5. BOShappyflyer says:

    I lol at the picture. Funny. Quirky for sure.

    I have not really had the opportunity to dine alone. I have done it – the first few times it seems weird but then I got over it quickly. For conferences, people usually ask to join me quickly. If not, I don’t mind just eating and reading. At worst, you just look like a loner (and IMHO that’s still better than having some forced awkward conversation you don’t even like).

    Not saying that happens to me either but there are worse things than eating alone. πŸ™‚

    The stuffed animal — weird but it would make me laugh if I am staring at it. So sure. πŸ™‚

    • Points Pixie says:

      BOShappyflyer – I do agree that the expression on the stuffed animal’s face is weird enough to make me laugh uncomfortably.

  6. No to the stuffed animals. I’m fine to dine alone here at home in Philly and when I travel -people are too wrapped up in their own lives to care about me alone. That said, lots of women do care about eating alone and I know many that do room service only and have missed out on amazing local foods. I’ve had great conversations and great meals – I started my Solo Dining series on my blog to highlight restaurants that are solo friendly I’ve found along the way.

  7. Hottie says:

    I usually try to eat at the bar when I am dining alone. Then I get to talk to the bartender or chef if I get bored. Think they allow stuffed animals at the bar?

  8. Apparently I’m the only person who things these stuffed animals are really cool. I would not only dine with them, I would be having an admittedly one-sided conversation with them.

    • Points Pixie says:

      Anne –

      Across from stuffed thing/I have great conversation/It does not talk back.

      Now you won’t be able to shut me up.

  9. JustSaying says:

    It’s ok to sleep with them but not eat with them………..

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