Place to Go When You're Alone (but not lonely)

Do you find the silence of the library psychologically disturbing? Is constantly ensuring your white converse lookin’ fly causing your teeth to chatter? Are people becoming ‘people’? Sometimes you need comfort in an unfamiliar crowd. A place you can relax into the comfort of culture. Sometimes, if you’re anything like me, eating alone is necessity- not desperation. This list shall provide 4 places that can harbor your needs. Whether you’re incognito watching Anaconda 13 times while on a break, or skimming through the 200 pages of Jane Austen you have to read by last week, these spots have you covered.



I know, I know, I’ve already reviewed these guys. And it semi feels like cheating. But they are truly amazing for this sort of stuff. Prime people-watching spot with the big window looking out over Franklin Road with awesome music to match. Killer food that’ll takeover your mouth and leave your mind to wander. The staff let you be, unless you seem down for a chat. Moreover, families with children usually steer clear because of the smaller seating tables. Fred’s is a perfect getaway to sate your escapism.



Photo Cred // Freds



This one has been around for ages, an institution of the Auckland eating scene but estranged from the hip scene. On Wellesley Street, but across the other side of Queen from the Universities, it’s a bit detached from the hustle. Tucked in a cute 80s style faux-authentic Arabian themed café these guys do some seriously good food. And cheap too- I’m always down for a Chawarma that has beautiful lamb from the spit served with sauces as you choose, in a pita bun that comes in under $10. Small tables and not crazily busy, The Middle East Café is great for those solitary outings.


Photo Cred // Middle East Cafe


 Goodness Gracious holds the crown for possibly the oddest ever real estate for a café. It looks like it is housed in what was once a family home’s garage. But since its refurbishment and opening at the top of New North Road it’s become an instant hit. Their menu consists of bagels done in more ways you could ever think possible. Their food is amazing and coffee usually on point. Also very cosy, it is easy to slink into a corner of the café and sip on your first (or fifth) coffee until you feel ok to face the world again. These guys are perfect as well because of their location. Just a few steps from the end of Symonds Street with buses coming every few minutes (or an easy walk) Goodness Gracious is a wicked addition to those café’s just far enough away from town and university to provide a bit of loner time.



Last but not least the amazing Burger Burger. Hands down best burgers I’ve had in New Zealand. It follows that ridin’ solo at Burger Burger is up there with the best of them and doesn’t require any other medium to entertain you. The energy of the place and the top class customer service set up an easy vibe. While you wait to chow down on your burger and skins, it’ll be impossible to bypass those incredible milkshakes. Top of my list when in need of soul food, Burger Burger surpasses any inflated expectations. Eating here alone feeds the soul; it’s like meditation, Ponsonby-style.



Photo Cred // BurgerBurger

Title Image Cred // Goodness Gracious


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