New York City

7 Great Places in NYC to Enjoy Solitude

When it seems like there’s nowhere to escape to, here are six things to do and places to go to get away from the crowds.


Movie Theater Matinee

Going to the movies is a fun evening activity, but if you’re aiming to enjoy the movie alone, it’s best to go earlier on. That way, you’ll avoid the crowds. Get some snacks, settle in, and enjoy the film without any distractions. Afterwards, you can have a moment to think about the movie and formulate your own thoughts and opinions.

7 Great Places in NYC to Enjoy Solitude

Why not catch a flick, alone?


Le Pain Quotidian

Eating alone in the high school cafeteria might’ve been social hell, but a meal alone can do wonders. Between the people watching and the chance to enjoy your food in peace, a restaurant is the perfect place to recharge. Le Pain Quotidian is a great place to stop for tea or settle in for a full meal — and all their food is healthy and organic. The traditional communal table, central to all their locations, is a great choice for those of us who like eating alone, in company.

7 Great Places in NYC to Enjoy Solitude

Le Pain Quotidian

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Born in France but raised all over the place, Auriane has wanted to write ever since she was old enough to spell her name. In her spare time she loves reading, hanging out with her best friends (even when they're not in the same time zone), and spontaneous singing with her Broadway-bound roommate.

Reader Discussion: 1 Comments

  1. Avatar of Arabella Clarington

    NYC definitely does start to feel cramped after a few years of living here. Thanks for the well thought out resource — I’m going to keep it bookmarked and go to some of these places the next time I feel claustrophobic.

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