While making memories by spending time with friends and family is always precious, there's something great - and therapeutic - about solitary time too. If you're keen for a mini break in the city centre by yourself then check out these great things to do. 

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Spend some time browsing at Unity Books | 19 High St 

Unity Books offers a literary escape for all the book lovers out there. Take time out of your day and enter the store brimming full of books from all genres and all over the world. Making the most of some much-needed me time, you can browse through any book your heart desires with no time pressures at all. 


Peruse the gift shop and take stock at the cafe at The Auckland Art Gallery | Wellesley St E

Enlightening exhibitions aren't the only great things to do at the Auckland Art Gallery. The cafe and gift shop also make for great visits when you're on a solo outing in the city. The gift shop is full of local and international treats, and the cafe offers freshly-roasted coffee and scrumptious cabinet food. 


Sip on a latte at Remedy Coffee | 1 Wellesley St W

All you need is a good book, a cozy cafe, and yourself to create a lovely solitary outing. Remedy Cafe is bursting with personality with delicious coffee served by down to earth baristas. Popular for solo visits, grab a latte and a warm muffin and settle in for a couple hours at Remedy - it's so cosy you'll feel like you never left the house. 


Take a waterfront stroll with icecream from Little Lato | 22 Jellicoe St 

As warm weather is fast approaching us, take a walk on the glistening waterfront and soak up the rays. To top it off, order a cone from Little Lato, a gelato shop which specialises in bespoke and small-batch ice cream. An award-winning business, Little Lato creates innovative and always delicious ice cream which appeals to a variety of tastes. 


Thumb through records at Marbecks | 34 Queen St 

Marbecks is a musical institution tucked away in Queen’s Arcade, filled with a massive collection of music records. You can easily spend a whole afternoon in the store thumbing through countless records from all genres and decades. If you're keen to take a trip down nostalgia lane or want to expand your taste and musical knowledge, then time at Marbecks is time well spent. 


Treat yourself to a blow wave and style from Loxy’s Hair Boutique | 7 Queen St 

What’s a better solo activity than getting pampered? At Loxy’s Hair Boutique, all you need to do is show up, sit back and relax, and you will receive a blow wave and style from an experienced stylist. Leave with a new and sleek look, ready to take on anything!


Grab a drink at Housebar in Hotel DeBrett | 2 High St 

Step back in time with a visit to House Bar at Hotel DeBrett. With a their classic cocktail list and sleek Art Deco styling, perch up at the bar and consult with the experienced bartenders, deciding on the perfect cocktail to suit your mood. If it's an Elder Rose martini or a Mexican Chai toddy, sometimes mindfully enjoying a handcrafted drink is the ideal solitary activity. 

Last updated: 08 October 2020