World’s First One-Person Restaurant Opens In Amsterdam

An extraordinary pop-up restaurant will open doors in Amsterdam this Thursday. ‘Eenmaal’, as the place is called, claims to be the world’s first one-person restaurant.

“‘Eenmaal’ is a restaurant like any other restaurant, but one thing is totally different: you only find tables for one person here. ‘Eenmaal’ is an exciting experiment for those who never go out dining alone, as well as an appealing opportunity for those who often eat alone at restaurants”, explains social designer and initiator Marina van Goor.


Being alone has a negative image, according to Van Goor. Her one-person restaurant is part of a wider mission to break this taboo and to make it more attractive for people to be alone in public space. She’s definitely on something here — particularly in contemporary urban design public space is perceived as a place for people to meet and gather, rather than a place to be quiet and relax, alone.

‘Eenmaal’ opens doors in Amsterdam’s Bos en Lommer district this Thursday. Be quick if you want to check it out — the one-person restaurant will stay open for only two days. That obviously says a lot about Amsterdam, where great concepts are often art projects that only take root in hyper-temporary or festival-like situations. Unfortunately they’re never real. Click here to visit the website and to book a table!