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.


Meow Parlour

Want to spend some time alone without getting lonely? If you love recharging your batteries by cuddling with a few furry friends, Meow Parlour is the place for you. It’s best to make a reservation (so this is one solitary outing you might want to plan ahead of time), but it’s totally worth the wait. You can wander in for a half hour to enjoy some cuddle time, or settle down for a longer stay with a pastry, free Wi-Fi connection, and, of course, cats!

Petting cats is known to reduce stress, so I know where I’ll be headed next time I have a tough final ahead of me. There’s nothing like being alone in a room full of cats to really relax and recharge.

7 Great Places in NYC to Enjoy Solitude

Meow Parlour is a great place to relax


So, the next time NYC overwhelms you, take a break and recharge alone. It’s easy to feel lost in a city of 8 million people, but taking some time alone is a good way to find yourself again.

7 Great Places in NYC to Enjoy Solitude

Grab your snack and a book and head to Central Park for some alone time

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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. 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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